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,
The painting above is Christ driving the money-changers from the Temple by Cecco del Caravaggio (1589–1620) and is dated 1610. It is to be found in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. Creative Commons CC0 License