PLEASE NOTE:  The March and Holy Week editions of Magnificat have now arrived and are available in Church.

Here is the update for February 20th (below you will find the current newsletter which runs until Friday 5th March). 

1.    Many congratulations to our parishioner and Adlestrop racehorse trainer, Richard Phillips. He and his staff have hit the racing headlines in a very big way.  Earlier this week no less than three of his team either won or were placed in the National Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. Normally there is an Awards Dinner. This week it was done ‘virtually’.

[What are The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards?  The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards were initiated in 2005 to recognise the achievements of racing’s key staff, including on the stud side. They are run by the British Horseracing Authority, in association with the Racing Post Racing TV and generously sponsored by Godolphin, who pledge over £128,000 prize money annually, with up to £30,000 up for grabs for an individual yard or stud. There are six categories with prize money awarded to the winners of each and both the runners-up. Furthermore, the prize money that the winners and runners-up receive is match-funded with the same amount awarded to their yard or stud, chosen charity. For the first time in 2021, all those who make the shortlist of 10 for each category but do not progress to the final three will also receive £250 each in recognition of their achievement. These awards are open to any public racehorse training establishment in England, Wales and Scotland.]  It is probably unique for one trainer’s team to win three different awards, especially when the competition right across the country is immense.

The awards the Adlestrop staff won were:
  • Richard’s employee Faisal was in the final three in the Rider/Groom category.  
  • His very long serving secretary Jo Saunders won the Dedication to Racing Award and 
  • Richard himself won the Community Award, which is the award given to the person who is deemed to have done most to have helped the racing community.
I have just watched a recording of the Award’s ceremony on racingTV. The presenter Ed Chamberlain spoke so well about what RP has done, and is doing, for racing throughout the land, and especially his talent and ability to raise money for welfare causes in the Industry. (For the first time, possibly ever, RP was semi silenced in making his acceptance speech because the Wifi connection from Adlestrop was so bad!!) In essence he said that he had himself been so fortunate in his life and it was wonderful to be able to put something back. Again, many congratulations Richard.
2.   CAFOD Walk for Water. Last week I reported that Bernie Cox is doing his 10,000 steps per day for the CAFOD Water campaign: You can contribute by cutting and pasting:  
 I have been thrilled to discover that Jan and Jo Sulkowski are doing the same. If you would like to support them, contact them by email:  I calculate that 10,000 steps is well over 4 miles. Some of us might walk 4 miles sometimes but to do so on every day of Lent is quite a challenge.
3.   Church Services TV.  I am hoping that this Sunday’s 9 am Mass will go out live via  Await instructions which I will send before Sunday, if we take the plunge this week-end. I am very keen that housebound parishioners should be able to follow our services live, especially during Holy Week. 
4.   Easter Vigil. This will be held on Holy Saturday night, the night before Easter Day, after dark, at a time to be announced shortly. I am explaining about the format, meaning and history of this Liturgy in my homilies on the first four Sunday in Lent. (I started last week-end). This liturgy and Mass is the ‘Queen of all liturgies’ of the whole year. The easing of lockdown will come a little to late to allow us increase the capacity of the congregation so numbers will have to be limited. I will soon set up a booking system for all our Holy Week services, as we did at Christmas, but all the usual liturgies will go ahead, with the help of all our Stewards.  We will need maximum help with readers and servers and I would be glad to have the availability of anyone wishing to assist and a rota will be compiled for both.
5.   Fridays at 6 pm Exposition.  On each Friday evening in Lent there is Exposition at OLSK at Stow. This will take place as usual tomorrow evening from 6 pm – 7 pm.  Come and go. Please could some of our stewards just confirm with me by email if they are planning to attend. 
Best wishes, Fr. Stephen

Newsheet February 12th 2021

Pastoral letter Lent 2021