The Catholic Parish of Our Lady
and St John
Lee-on-the -Solent and Stubbington
Parish Priest: Father Francis Sasinowski (01329) 663 435
Coronavirus Updates
Church Closures and Mass and Adoration Timing Changes
24 September 2020

Dear Parishioner,

Please take note of the following three important items.

CHURCH CLOSURES IN OCTOBER 
Please note that the church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Stubbington will be closed during daytime working hours on the following dates due to essential maintenance works:
5 – 6 October (Monday & Tuesday) (see new Mass timings below)
12 – 14 October (Mon – Wed) (The 0930hrs Mass on Wed 14 October will be at St John’s, Lee)
19 – 21 October (Mon – Wed) (The 0930hrs Mass on Wed 21 October will be at St John’s, Lee)
 
PERMANENT CHANGE OF MASS TIMINGS
As of Monday 5 October, I shall be taking a day off after the Monday am Mass until Tuesday afternoon each week. New regular Mass timings are as follows:
Mondays: There will be a 0930hrs Mass at St John’s, Lee, not at Stubbington.
Tuesdays: There will be no morning Mass at Lee and no Adoration at Stubbington.
No further permanent changes to the week’s Masses.
Tuesday evenings: The 1900hrs Mass at Our Lady’s will be celebrated as normal throughout October.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – NEW TIMINGS FROM FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER, ALL WELCOME 
Thursdays: 0900 – 1130hrs, Our Lady’s, Stubbington
Fridays: 0900 – 1200hrs, St John’s, Lee
1100 – 2100hrs, Our Lady’s, Stubbington

Thank you for your understanding and support to me and one another.

God bless you, Fr Francis
Parish Questionnaire - in case of lockdown - Click here
Reflection by  Father Francis on 26th Sunday (Year A) - Click here
To read Bishop's Pastoral Letter 13th Sept. 2020 - click here
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AT OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH

Many of you already know that the church of Our Lady of the lmmaculate Conception, Stubbington is open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 0900 to 1130hrs. You are very welcome to call in for a few minutes of peace and silent prayer in the presence of our Lord on these days. There is no better place for prayer than before the Lord. Two volunteer stewards are always present to welcome worshippers to the church.
 
ln addition, we shall be re-opening Our Lady of the lmmaculate Conception church every Friday for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, from 1100 to 2100hrs, starting on First Friday, 4 September. You are warmly encouraged to call in for a few minutes of prayer and Adoration at any time during these hours. Friday Adoration rota lmportantly, I would like to invite you to also consider committing to a regular hour for Adoration on a Friday.

We require a minimum of two adult worshippers, of any age, not necessarily stewards, to be present at all times that the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and present on the altar. We are therefore setting up a Friday Adoration rota, where parishioners commit to be present for an hour each, throughout church opening times. An hour's commitment Can you dedicate an hour each Friday to the Lord, to enable our parish church to be open for Adoration on Fridays? lf so, please contact Lily Peach, Adoration co-ordinator (tel. 01329 825447 I 07833 911370) or David Vassallo (email divassallo@aol.com tel. 01329 512726 / 079 867 88547), or leave your details with Fr Francis or the stewards at church.

May God bless you always, Father Francis.
Friday 28th August 2020

Our Churches are Open - Please see below:
Our Catholic churches in Stubbington and Lee are now open for Celebration of Mass and prayer throughout the week. Visitors of all faiths or none are welcome. See timetable below.

Weekday Morning Masses (0930hrs)
There is daily weekday Mass at 0930hrs, alternating between Stubbington and Lee, with the church being open from 0900 to 1100hrs, as per the timetable below.
  • Monday: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Stubbington
  • Tuesday: St John’s, Lee
  • Wednesday: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Stubbington
  • Thursday: St John’s, Lee
  • Friday: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Stubbington
Individual Prayer  
  • Our Lady’s will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament (0900 – 1130hrs).
  • Our Lady's will also be open on Fridays from 1100 to 2100 hours for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • St John’s is only open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on weekdays (i.e. for 0930hrs Mass).
  • Both churches will be closed on Saturday mornings for the time being.
Confession See below.

Weekday Evening Mass 
(Tuesday, 1900hrs) 
There is a weekly Tuesday evening Mass at Our Lady’s, Stubbington, as of 14 July, for the benefit of people who work during the day.

Weekend Masses 
There is a Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 1800hrs at Stubbington, 0800hrs Sunday Mass at Lee, and 1000hrs Sunday Mass at Stubbington.

No Sunday obligation 
Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is no longer in force: it has been waived by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales for the duration of the pandemic, to lessen congestion and minimise risk of transmission of coronavirus. Parishioners are encouraged to spread their Mass attendance over the week; you are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass.

Volunteer Stewards and safety 
Several safety measures are now in place for the duration of the pandemic, to minimise risk from coronavirus, following guidance by our Bishops. These measures are overseen by volunteer stewards, and I am very grateful to them for volunteering as otherwise we could not reopen for worship. We need more stewards for the rota and to extend opening hours for prayer in our churches, so if you are between 16 and 70 years of age, fit and well, and not caring for a vulnerable person, do please come forward to help as a volunteer. Volunteers should contact David Vassallo, volunteer co-ordinator, on djvassallo@aol.com or 01329 512726 / 07986788547.

To see the safety measures we have in place please click here.

 SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION 

Father Francis will be hearing Confessions after Masses at the following times:
  • Weekday Masses from 1015 to 1100 hours
  • Saturday Evening at Our Lady's from 1915 to 2000 hours
  • Sunday Morning at St. John's for 15 mins max.  following Mass at 0800 hours
  • Sunday Morning at Our Lady's from 1115 to 1200 hours.
Mass Factsheet  Portsmouth Diocese June 2020- click here

Confession Factsheet Portsmouth Diocese June 2020- click here
If you need to speak Father Francis his contact details are:

                                                                                               Telephone: 01329 663 435                                                                                             
                                                                                               Email: fsasinowski@gmail.com

Please  also note the Webmaster can be contacted by Email bmcqui1944@gmail.com 

Live Masses are being streamed from many churches on their websites and some are also on YouTube.  

A live Mass is streamed every day from Porstmouth Cathedral at 12.15 pm and of course there are several Masses on Sundays. Please check the Schedule on the Diocesan website. The Masses are also recorded so if you cannot make the live stream you can catch up at your convenience. To see the live stream  go to Portsmouth RC Diocesan website (https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/spiritual-resources) or simply click here.

Donations to Parish/Standing Orders
Your Offertory Money

Financially we have a monthly shortfall whilst the coronavirus pandemic is with us. So a very big thank you to all of you for continuing to support the Parish financially.
Please note there is now a Donation Box in the Church to receive your offertory donations.
However, many are not able to make offertory donations in their usual way so we have redefined the ways you can donate money to the parish for your regular Offertory, Easter Offering to Fr. Francis, Mass Intentions, etc.:
-    If you give by Standing Order and/or Bank Transfer, then please continue to do so.
-   If you previously gave by Planned Giving Envelope or Cash, then we ask that you do one of the following:
a)   Setup a new Standing Order, or do an online Bank Transfer.
Parish Current A/C No.:       00888991
Sort Code:                                    30 -93-04
A/C  Name:                                   PRCDTR LEE+STUBB 
Please give sufficient information in the transaction reference text such that we can identify the purpose of the donation, for example, Easter Offering. If you are registered with us for Gift Aid we will continue to record and claim it back.
b)      Give through the charity website:  
 https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/our-lady-and-st-john       or click on the green charity button above.
Ignore the shop online part and go to “Support us (Our Parish), it’s free - Donate now”.
Via this route all money donated goes straight into the Parish Current Account.
c)   If you are unable to do any of the above then please accrue your donation (cash or envelope) and hand it into the Church / Parish Office when the self-isolation restrictions have been lifted. As we are unable to distribute the new set of Planned Giving Envelopes, please reference your existing envelope number.

Your continued Offertory donations are extremely important to the Parish.