Corpus Christi – 10.30am, Sunday 14th June – Livestream
mass for First Holy Communion children and their families
June 2020 | 10:30 am
Saturdays and Sundays throughout May and June – more than 3,000 children in
Essex and East London would have been receiving Holy Communion for the first
celebrations that children remember for the rest of their lives, the amazing
joy and grace of the Eucharist would nurture and sustain them.
come a time when we can gather and celebrate, and these celebrations will be
very precious. At the moment, when we are all receiving “Spiritual Communion,”
we wanted to mark this year’s Feast of Corpus Christi (which means “The Body of
Christ”) by honouring the Holy Communion children and their families. There
will be a special message from Bishop Alan at the start of Mass.
way to join the Mass is by YouTube – simply search
BrentwoodCYS and you’ll find us – and nearer the time there will be a direct
link to the Mass here. We are also on Instagram – you’ll need the App,
and again we are BrentwoodCYS.
The Mass will
be a children’s
Mass, with simplified readings, and music that children’s
choirs from around the Diocese have sent to us (recorded before lockdown!).
There will be a Mass booklet here, with the hymns and readings, to help
everyone join in at home.
is welcome – see you online!
Father Dominic writes (21 May)
In recent weeks I have been chatting with some priests and
catechists, very mindful of our young people. This would have been the time
when many hundreds would have been celebrating Confirmation, and many thousands
would have been celebrating First Holy Communion. I know that many parishes
which are livestreaming will be marking the moments when these Sacraments would
have been celebrated locally, but not all parishes are able to livestream and
so it also seems helpful to offer something through the BCYS. Please do pass on
these details to Holy Communion and Confirmation Catechists, so they can be
shared with parents and families.
Pentecost Sunday, 31st May, 10.30am Mass
for Confirmandi. With a special message from Bishop Alan at the
start of Mass, and music recorded by soloists and groups of young people from
across the Diocese, as well as Intercessions read by young people, this Mass is
especially for those who would have been Confirmed today, and it will be
offered for you. On both YouTube and Instagram we are BrentwoodCYS, and more
details of the Mass are at https://bcys.net/events/pentecost/
Corpus Christi, Sunday 14th June, 10.30am
Mass for Holy Communion children and their families. With a special
message from Bishop Alan, and music recorded before lockdown from children’s
choirs across the Diocese, this Mass will be celebrated as a children’s Mass,
with simplified readings, and intercessions recorded by Holy Communion
children. The Mass will be offered for the children and their families. On both
YouTube and Instagram we are BrentwoodCYS, and more details of the Mass are at https://bcys.net/events/corpuschristi/
Finally, just two reminders. There is Youth Mass tonight
(Wednesday, 8pm), reflecting on LaudatoSi.
And we are actively looking for good news
stories where young people have gone “over and beyond” in some way,
during Coronavirus, whether in raising money for charity, particular acts of
kindness in their neighbourhood, making PPE for the NHS, or whatever it may be,
inspired by living their faith in service and action. If you have any such
stories, please do get in touch – it would be great to be able to amplify them,
to encourage and inspire others.
With many blessings
Fr Dominic and the Walsingham House at Abbotswick Team
Father Dominic writes (12 May)
Sunday is now just over a fortnight away, we would like to offer a new series, “Share
the Good News” – starting at Pentecost (as it is such a natural inspiration
from the Pentecost story), and running through to the summer, when we will be
offering a “virtual” Lourdes pilgrimage in the last week in July. More about
that in the weeks ahead.
For now, we would like your
help. Over the last few weeks our screens
have been filled with images of politicians and scientists; the voices of the
young have rarely been part of the conversation, and yet we know many young people
have been brilliant in their creativity and compassion over the last two
months. Young people who have cut lawns of the elderly, gone shopping for ill
relatives, made cakes for their street, made face masks for the NHS, inspired
neighbours with artistic cards, and much, much more. Young people are often shy
about telling such stories – they haven’t done what they have done for glory.
So we would like to “share the good news” – to celebrate young people who have
done good things, inspired by faith, from your school or parish.
Please let me
have such stories from the young people and then please provide:
A video of no more than 3 minutes in length, sharing a
story of kindness, creativity, helpfulness or courage during the
It could be that you narrate over pictures of what a
young person has done, or that they tell their own story, or a bit of both.
Please film in landscape (with the phone horizontal).
Please include a sentence or two about the particular
inspiration of faith – maybe it is a Saint that inspired them, or a line from
the Bible, or an understanding of what it means to live in a Christ-like way.
But keep it as natural as possible – let them share in their own words rather
than scripting anything.
As it will generally be teenagers who see such videos
via our social media, it will be ideal if this is “peer to peer” so it would be
best if the young person featured was roughly 13-23 years old.
ensure you have their permission for the video to be shared. Email the video to email@example.com
will, many years from now, form part of the narrative of how faith communities
lived these very unusual weeks; in the short term they may also inspire other
young people as they return to schools and Colleges, or – for many of them –
for the three months between now and September, when they will still not be at
school, but when community needs remain great.
to send the videos is 30th May. Hopefully across all the
schools and parishes of the Diocese there are at least 16 such stories, and we
will run them on Wednesdays (just before Youth Mass) and Sundays between
Pentecost and the end of term, leading into “virtual” Lourdes.
a little reminder that tomorrow night (13th May, Feast of Our Lady
of Fatima, from this House dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham, and when we
would normally have been preparing for Lourdes) our Youth Mass is “All about
Mary” – all are welcome online, and the details are at https://bcys.net/events/allaboutmary/
including the details of YouTube and Instagram Livestream.