Welcome to St Austin's Catholic Parish, Stafford
We are now able to live stream masses from Saint Austin's
Masses being streamed this week are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am Wednesday at 7.00 pm and Friday at 12.00 noon. The First Mass of Sunday is on Saturday at 4.30 pm and Sunday Mass is at 10.30 am.
Please find the live stream for Monday at 10:00 am by using the link below;
Reopening of Churches for Mass:
Having reviewed with the Parish Health & Safety Representatives and gone through the guidance from Government and Bishops Conference we have made the following arrangements: We will open for the 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday next 12th July. We will also open for Mass on Wednesday 15th July at 7.00 p.m. and on Friday 17th July at 7.00 p.m. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Mass will be celebrated but NOT open the public. All Masses will continue to be live streamed. We will review these arrangements as the weeks progress. It is better to start slowly and progress. Please be aware of the following: The Church will hold a minimum of FIFTY EIGHT
Please see attached letter from Cardinal Vincent and the Archbishops of England regarding the re-opening of churches for Mass
Reopening of Churches:
All is now in place following the Government guidelines, Bishops Conference instructions and Diocesan Insurers instructions for the reopening of our church for Private Prayer. We have also been in touch with Fr. Bob and made the following arrangements for the reopening of our three churches on the following days and times: Starting on Monday 29th June Monday: St. Austin’s 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Tuesday: St. Patrick’s 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Wednesday: St. Anne’s 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Thursday: St. Patrick’s 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Friday: St. Anne’s 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Saturday: St Austin’s 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. We will review the situation from time to time depending on responses and any changes that may be announced by the Government or the Bishops Conference. For the present be aware of the following arrangements: The church is open ONLY for PRIVATE PRAYER.
Several of you have asked how you can continue giving to your parish during the pandemic.
PLEASE DO NOT WORRY. We appreciate the many difficulties and hardships that people are going through, with many out of work.
If, however, you feel you can make a contribution at this time, a standing order is the easiest option for your regular giving. This can be done via online banking, or by completing and sending a paper Standing Order form to your Bank. In either case, please contact Phil Hood on 01785 211701 and he will help you.
Alternatively, you may like to give a one-off donation. You will need access to the internet for this. Go to the Diocesan Website at www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk and click on the red DONATE button on the top right hand corner. This will allow you to give by credit or debit card.
How is CAFOD responding to coronavirus?We have launched an emergency appeal for funds, because the impact of coronavirus in countries with poor health systems will be devastating. Please visit the site to see how you can help.
Year A 15th Sunday: Mt:13:1-23
To read this weeks reflection click the link
If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding and the Church’s work, please call
0121 230 6240. If you would like to speak to someone independent of the Church you can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Message from Archbishop Bernard Longley:
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its report on the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
We apologise to all victims and survivors of child sex abuse. We hope that with this Inquiry they feel that they have been listened to. Even so, words are not enough.
We are committed to continuing to improve our safeguarding procedures and to listen to and learn from victims and survivors. Past failings must never happen again. The diocesan response to the report can be found at
If you have a safeguarding matter to report please contact the Archdiocese safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240 or via email: email@example.com
Advice for Parishes Regarding Coronavirus. Please see the attached advice given by The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales in conjunction with the Government and The NHS.