Parish Notices

Donation to your Parish Church: Several option available for anyone wanting to continue giving money for the Parish. The easiest would be: By a Cheque payable to St Elizabeth’s Parish. Post it to the Address of the parish. Another preferred option is downloading and using the standing order form on this diocesan website. https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.ukpages/FAQS/category/finance-resources .

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Online Donation: Just go to donate on (top right) on home page of  the diocesan website – www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk . Your donations can also be gift aided and can be  made to any parish via credit or debit card. There are transaction charges levied by the card processing company which amount to 20p + 1.9% of the value of your donation – for example if you donate a £10 to the parish, the card processing company will deduct only £0.39 from the amount we receive. But please note that Standing order remains the most cost-effective way for donation.

First Week of Easter Mass Times and Intentions

St Elizabeth’s Church Closed: Just to remind you that the Church is still closed and will remain closed until further notice as advised by the Government and Archdiocese. Please follow Easter celebrations via Live streaming.

Holy Saturday 11th : Easter Vigil at 7:00pm – People of the Parish.

Easter Sunday 12th April: 10:30am : Lena, George and John Harkin R.I.P
Monday:  13th 10:30am : Parish Altar Servers intention
Tuesday 14th  10:30am : Veronica Dixon and Adam Zywot R.I.P.
Wednesday:  15th 10:30am : W.F Ashby R.I.P.
Thursday:  16th 10:30am:  Diwan Chand R.I.P. 
Friday 17th  8:30am: Holy Hour of Adoration. Mass at 6:30pm
Saturday 18th 10:30am: People of the Parish

Sunday 19th April: 10:30am: Leonard Pearson  R.I.P.

Important Parish Website Links Corona Virus (COVID-19) Updates: https://stelizabethcoventry.org.uk/category/latest-updates/ Parish Newsletters: https://stelizabethcoventry.org.uk/newsletters/ CHURCH LIVE WEBCAM LOGIN: www.mcnmedia.tv Search for West Midland and scroll to ST ELIZABETH CHURCH – Coventry Archdiocese of Birmingham: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/

Holy Week Programme

Holy Week Instructions: The Holy Father, Pope Francis, through the office of the Divine Worship, has instructed us to celebrate the Holy Week and Easter while the Churches are still closed. Because these Sacred Days cannot be postponed, the faithful have to follow the services Live via any media system. Just note that: On Palm Sunday NO Blessing of Palms Branches. On Holy ThursdayNO Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. On Good FridayNO KISSING of the Cross is only done by celebrant priest. On Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil NO Water will be Blessed for anyone to fetch. These are all done to help us STAY AT HOME, and to save Life.

Spiritual Resources

Important Spiritual Resources:
Faith at Home: Children’s liturgy resources: Offering all families the opportunity to access free prayer resources for the home and have a video for children’s liturgy each week. https://tentenresources.us6.listmanage.com/track/click?
A mum in Westminster Diocese creates a children’s liturgy video. On Facebook there is a link to page so families can create their own. https://www.facebook.com/colourandshapeonline. Or YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJNyn5xOrOB5634uplhcQg

Exploring the faith together as a family.
https://www.youcat.org/ – resource for all ages explaining the teachings of the Catholic Church. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?

Divine Renovation have produced a Parish Response Kit to the current situation that we are all in. It can be downloaded for free here:https://divinerenovation.org/

St. Elizabeth’s Church Closed Due to (COVID-19).

St. Elizabeth’s Church Closed Due to (COVID-19).

Closure of Churches

Following the instruction that the Prime Minister gave last night, there has been an inconsistent message from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the opening of churches. In the published guidelines, it states that “places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer.” The instruction is very clear on the occasions when someone can leave home:

• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

• One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.

• Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

• Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

None of these four specific reasons for leaving home concur with the visiting of a church for solitary prayer. In addition, keeping churches open could undermine the desire of the Government for people to remain at home, the very fact of them being open may draw people out of their homes, many of which would be the most vulnerable to infection.

As a sad but necessary consequence we must, from this morning, ensure that the doors of all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese are closed to the public and that they remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted. In this way we shall continue to play our part within every parish in fighting the Coronavirus and to show our solidarity with all those who are striving to overcome the current pandemic.

Our natural instinct as Catholics to gather together and to pray in the real presence of Our Lord is expressed in the Second Eucharistic Prayer: Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. The live streaming of Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church especially Sunday at 10:30am and other twenty-two of our churches (with the Cathedral soon to join that number) is proving to be a great spiritual resource and a powerful way of expressing and deepening our communion in Christ during these challenging days.

The Archbishop Bernard is asking us to keep in your prayers all those working in the NHS and all those who are ill because of the Coronavirus. He particularly thanks all our Hospital and Healthcare Chaplains, working alongside deanery clergy and volunteers at this time, for the hope and trust in Our Lord that they are fostering and for their support of healthcare staff and patients alike.

Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome).

Suspension of Public Mass

Important Notice:

Please, this is to let you know that the Church is NOT CLOSED, but only that there is NO PUBLIC Mass. Priests will celebrate private Masses for your intentions. St. Elizabeth’s Church will be open most of the times, except when Masses are celebrated on Sunday at 10:30am, Wednesday 9:00am, and Friday at 6:30pm with stations of the cross at 6pm; for anyone wishing to join on the Webcam. Please note that the side door opposite Parish hall will remain open most of the times during this period when our faith is tested. Please remain calm and do the right things, encourage and support each other. Fr. Moses

What to do when Public Mass is Suspended

What you can still do when public mass is suspended:

Church’s Offerings and Weekly Gift Aid envelopes: There are several ways in which you can continue to do this. The easiest would be: 1. to bring into the presbytery and give to sisters. 2. Post a cheque payable to St Elizabeth’s Parish. 3. Set Standing Order or online banking to: St Elizabeth’s Parish: Please call the Parish office for more details.

St Elizabeth’s New Hall Fund Box: These Boxes are now ready for you to collect from the Church or office (Presbytery). They are like the RED Boxes where you put in any remaining change or (Coin) and return it to the Church whenever possible. It’s for our New Hall