At Last! The building will soon begin.

As of the Vigil Mass on Saturday 16 March, we will be using the hall as our temporary church.

Fr Hill writes: “A huge thanks to all who did so much work in clearing the church and setting up the hall as our new and temporary place of worship.

It was lovely seeing the hall transforming more and more into a place of worship which will serve us in the year ahead. No doubt we will encounter teething troubles and problems will need to be addressed as we come across them, but the enthusiasm of our community last week as we were closing the church, and the great sense of everyone wanting to make this work means, I think, that we are all eager and willing to embark on a journey together.

There will be some things we cannot do during the closure of the church, such as host the children’s liturgy, or have events like fayres and fun days, but I am sure that we will all be enriched by our ‘pilgrimage’ on the way to the return to our church. It will not be possible to leave the hall open from early morning until evening as we had done with the church, so we will open at 9.00 am and close at 11.00 am Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, we will open at 8.30 am and close 30 minutes after the last Mass, or after baptisms when they occur.

Some practical points: now that we will have THREE aisles, there will be no need for the distribution of Holy Communion at the back of the church (or the hall). With the exception of the very few people who cannot make their way to the front of the ‘church’, we will ask people to approach the sanctuary (which is the proper way to receive Holy Communion) by the centre aisle, and to return to their seats by the side aisles. This will take a bit of patience at first, and a wee bit of trial and error until we iron out the problems.

Most importantly, during this period of renewal of our building, let’s pray for a renewal of ourselves.”


The Long-Awaited News!

We are delighted to announce that work is about to begin on the re-building of the church, and the timetable has been set out as follows:

1. The church will close after the 12.15 pm Mass on SUNDAY 10 MARCH.

2. A week will be spent in removing everything from the church to the hall. Unfortunately this means there will be no Mass in St. Matthew’s during that week. Likewise, the hall will be closed while it is set up for use as our church during the building work.

3. On Saturday 16 March, the hall will begin to function as our temporary church, beginning with the 5.30 pm Vigil Mass.

4. It is expected that the work on the church will take one year, so we hope to be back in the church in good time for Easter 2020! 

This is going to be a challenging but also a very rewarding time for us; it is to be hoped that you will continue to support the parish during the work, and that our worshipping community will continue to gather for Mass in the hall during this period.

Please note that the church will be emptied of EVERYTHING: After Friday 15 March, only the shell of the building will remain. All pieces of furniture, objects, anything belonging to ANY groups or individuals remaining on by that date will be thrown out!

Of course, during the renovations we will still need all ministries – Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, Altar Servers, Musicians, Pass keepers, Church Cleaning, hospitality. The hall will be the church for a year, and we need as much, if not more involvement of the parish community, in celebrating the liturgy as ever! NEW VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C

Luke 9:28-36

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning. Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem.

Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.