All Saints, Godshill, open during Holy Week

The church will be open MOST DAYS from 10am to 4pm during Holy Week and the week after.

Palm Sunday28-MarchOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Monday29-MarchOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Tuesday30-MarchOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Wednesday31-MarchOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Thursday01-AprilOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Good Friday02-AprilOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Saturday03-AprilClosed for Covid Cleaning
Easter Sunday04-AprilService at 11:00am
Monday05-AprilOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Tuesday06-AprilOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Wednesday07-AprilOpen 10:00am to 4:00pm for private prayer
Thursday08-AprilClosed for Covid Cleaning
Friday09-AprilClosed for Covid Cleaning
Saturday10-AprilClosed for Covid Cleaning
Sunday11-AprilService at 11:00am

Palm Sunday

Dear Friends,

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, so I hope you will be able to find some time to consider the themes which are uppermost at this time.

Holy week is a time for us to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the Cross, beginning with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and concluding with his lonely trek from the Upper Room through Gethsemane and ultimately to Calvary and the empty tomb.

Maundy Thursday (from mandatum, ‘commandment’, because of the use of John 13.34 in the Antiphon) contains a rich complex of themes: humble Christian service expressed through Christ’s washing of his disciples’ feet, the institution of the Eucharist, the perfection of Christ’s loving obedience through the agony of Gethsemane.

Thursday passes into Good Friday, recalling the death of the Son of God. What other response can we have than other than silence in the face of a sense of desolation. But within the silence there grows a sense of peace and completion, and then the rising excitement as the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday and the glories of Easter Day draw near.

All Saints’ will be open for private prayer from 10.00 on Palm Sunday; and I have left a sheet with readings for the day and a reflection on the gospel, written by Allan Procter, Reader emeritus at St Saviour’s. There will also be palm crosses available for you to take away.

Please will you remember Ted and Jackie Holden in your prayers? Ted has been diagnosed recently with a leaky heart valve and pneumonia. He was in hospital last week being treated for the pneumonia and, happily he’s been responding to treatment for that. He is now home and will be building up his strength in order to have a heart operation in due course.

Please also remember Tony Steel and all the Steele family in your prayers. Tony’s funeral will be at Good Shepherd at 12.00 on April 12th, followed by burial at Bridgecourt Cemetery.

Please pray, too, for the repose of the soul of Doreen Castle, Sue Goff’s mum, and for Sue as she mourns her loss. Doreen died recently and her funeral will be at St Alban’s at 11.45 on April 9th.

Dennis will be opening All Saints’ every day from 10.00 during Holy week, except Saturday, when the church will be closed for cleaning, so please drop in for a time of quiet reflection and to light candles.

It will be wonderful to be together again on Easter Day for a Parish mass at All Saints’ at 11.00, with Alan Swanborough presiding and preaching. He will also baptise Albert Squibb during the mass, so please pray for Albert and his parents, Charlotte and Jack.

On April 11th, there will be mass at St Alban’s at 9.30 and at All Saints’ at 11.00, with Fr Gregory Clifton-Smith presiding and preaching.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

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Reflection

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4th Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday

Dear Friends,

Next week we have two important saints to remember! On Wednesday it will be the Feast of St Patrick, Patron saint of Ireland; and on Friday 19th it will be the solemnity of St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St Patrick was born in Roman Britain around the end of the 4th Century, and died in Ireland about the middle of the 5th century. As a missionary bishop, he endured many hardships and faced opposition even from his friends and fellow Christians. Nevertheless, he worked hard to conciliate, to evangelize, and to educate local chieftains and their families. He is remembered for his simplicity and pastoral care, for his humble trust in God, and for his fearless preaching of the gospel to the very people who had enslaved him in his youth.

We pray for Ireland, its leaders and people. For the Church in Ireland and its ongoing ministry of reconciliation and the leaders of the Protestant and Catholic churches. We give thanks and pray for all missionaries and those who teach the faith.

Nothing is known about St Joseph except what is said of him in the Gospels. He was a carpenter; he accepted the will of God; and he supported Mary and brought up Jesus. From the human character of his son we can see that he must have been a good and responsible father. He is widely venerated as a patron of artisans who use their God-given gifts honourably, and of workers in general.

We pray for all carpenters and craftsmen, especially any known to us. For all who exercise the role of adoptive parent, whether formally or informally.

Just a reminder that All Saints’ will be open for private from 10am on Sunday 14th, (Mothering Sunday) and again on Sunday 28th (Palm Sunday). All Saints’ will then be open daily for private prayer from 10.00 throughout Holy week.

We will be back in church on Easter Day, April 4th, with Fr Alan Swanborough presiding and preaching at a Parish mass at All Saints’ at 11.00. During this mass, the Sacrament of Baptism will be conferred on Albert Jack Peter Squibb. Please pray for him and his parents, Charlotte and Jack, and all Albert’s family.

The following Sunday, April 11th, there will be a mass at St Alban’s at 9.30 and one at All Saints’ at 11.0, at which Gregory Clifton-Smith will be presiding and preaching.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

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Reflection

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

It is so good that from Monday 8th, it will be possible to meet with one person outside again.

For those who are shielding, of course, this will continue to the end of the month, but it does seem as though we are at last beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We had some sad news this past week, which is that Tony Steel sadly died on Sunday February 28th in St Mary’s Hospital. He had had a fall at home and then, unfortunately, contracted pneumonia and sepsis. Tony and Janet have been well known to All Saint’s, as well as to Good Shepherd church, over many years and he will be very much missed.

We don’t have a date for his funeral yet, which will be held at Good Shepherd, but please keep Tony, Janet and all the family in your prayers.

Thank you to all who have contributed their thoughts to our church reps about the skills you wish to see in the next Bishop of Portsmouth. The reps will be meeting with the Area Dean to feed back your suggestions to the Vacancy in See Committee, so that a Diocesan Profile can be drawn up.

Please pray for all involved in this process, that the right person will be called to serve the Diocese of Portsmouth as its Bishop, at this crucial time in the history of the Church in general and in the Diocese in particular.

Next Sunday, March 14th will be Mothering Sunday. Dennis will open All Saints’ on that day for private prayer from 10.00; and then from Palm Sunday, March 28th, the church will be open daily throughout Holy Week from 10.00 for private prayer, with resources available for people to use.

Fr Alan will preside and preach at a Parish mass at All Saint’s on Easter Day; and the following week, April 11th, Fr Gregory-Clifton Smith will preside and preach at St Alban’s at 9.30, followed by mass at All Saints’.

This will, hopefully, re-establish our pattern of masses on 2nd and 4th Sundays. St Alban’s will have a mass on 2nd Sundays, and it is hoped to be able to re-establish the monthly Communion service at St Margaret’s Hall in due course.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

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Reflection

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2nd Sunday of Lent

Dear friends,

The main Feast coming up next week is on Monday, which is St David’s day.

St David, or Dewi, was a saint who lived in Pembrokeshire, on the south-western tip of Wales. He was born into a noble family and was educated at Hen Fynyw, before studying to become a priest.

He founded 12 monasteries, including Menevia, which is known today as St David’s, and Glastonbbury.

David settled at Menevia, where the monks lived in extreme hardship, following the example of those in Egypt. They tilled the land by hand plough, were only allowed to speak when necessary, and ate only bread, vegetables and salt. David’s nickname was Aquaticus, because he and his monks only drank water.

David is remembered for his preaching and teaching. His last words are said to have been, “Brethren, persevere in the things you have heard from me”.

In your prayers, please remember the Church in Wales, all religious communities and all those who preach and teach the faith.

At our Society clergy zoom meeting with +Norman recently he told us that, although there won’t be a Society Chrism mass in a cathedral this year, and our clergy will be reaffirming their vows via Zoom on Maundy Thursday morning, the plan is for us to have a Society Chrism mass in Winchester in 2022. It is hoped that a good number of people from the island will attend, as by then we will have two Society clergy serving here – Tony Lawrence and me!

+Norman is still intending to come to the island once we are back into a regular rhythm of public worship. He hopes to use that as an opportunity for us to receive our oils, and for lay people to reaffirm their baptismal vows.

From next Sunday, the Sunday readings will be taken from the Common Worship Lectionary, instead of the Roman one. This will take us into line with the Church of England as a whole and, once we are back in church, will make life a lot easier for visiting clergy.

I hope you are finding a way to make Lent an enriching time for you. If you’ve not been able to decide on a Lent book, you could try reflectively reading one of the Gospels and listen for what new things God might be wanting to say to you, as you read the familiar passages with new eyes.

With my love and prayers,

Deacon Corinne

Scripture Readings

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Reflection

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