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The Roman Catholic Parish for Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, UK

Our Lady - Star of the Sea

our Church is dedicated to St Joseph

Welcome to the Parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea which serves Weymouth and Portland, situated in South Dorset, one of the most beautiful areas of England. We hope that this site will give you an appreciation of the work being carried out in Weymouth and Portland in the witness and celebration of our Catholic Faith. If you are planning to visit this area, please take the time to visit newly extended and refurbished Church of St Joseph. The times of Masses and other services may be found here

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CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - CHURCH RE-OPENING

AS FROM TUESDAY 7TH JULY, HOLY MASS WILL BE SAID IN PUBLIC AGAIN

Masses will resume at normal times including at weekends. However, the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Saturday Evening or Sunday remains suspended for the time being.

Needless to say, our church premises and the way they are used must be a safe place, free if possible from Corona Virus as well as a place of sacredness. In accordance with diocesan guidelines, the following rules must be STRICTLY adhered to:

  1. Entry to the Church is by way of the front/main entrance ONLY.
  2. Exit from the Church must be made through the side door ONLY and from there into the car park.
  3. All notices outlining cleanliness procedures, both personal and space, must be adhered to.
  4. Social distancing must be adhered to in all areas.
  5. If on approaching the Church there seems to be too many people, then please DO NOT ENTER but return at another time.
  6. We are advised that ideally, Masks should be worn when in the church Face masks are available from the Parish House if required.
  7. Unfortunately no toilet facilities can be made available. They will be locked at all times.
  8. All who are still shielding since the beginning of lockdown should continue to stay at home until the government advises it is safe to venture out.
  9. Please adhere to the guidance of the Supervisor.

VIDEO STREAMING OF HOLY MASS

The equipment has now been set up to stream Holy Mass and those who are still shielding, can find it via this link and take part in Spiritual Communion.

Other online celebrations of Mass can be found by scrolling down the page or clicking here

PARISH HALL

The Parish Hall will remain closed until further notice including for tea/coffee after Mass.

Those who wish to see the recent letter from the Archbishop of Southwark to the Prime Minister urging him to re-open Churches for private prayer, see this link


IMPORTANT - THE NEED TO REGISTER ALL MEMBERS OF THE PARISH

Those who regularly worship at the Church of St Joseph, Stavordale Road Weymouth are members of our Parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea. Members contribute to the life of the Parish by regular attendance at Mass, availing themselves of the Sacraments, their monetary contributions and the voluntary work they may undertake in the Ministries of the Parish, support work for the Parish or with the various Parish Groups.

The Parish Priest for his part is responsible for the spiritual care of the Parishioners, with oversight of the education of children at St Augustine's School. In order to carry out these responsibilities, the Parish Priest may wish to contact parishioners from time to time, advising parents for example on procedures for enrolling at St Augustine's School, First Communions and Confirmations.

For this purpose, the parish needs to hold personal details of each Parishioner (name address, tel number, email address etc) to be able to communicate with them from time to time on routine parish business.

However, in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR Feb 2018), the Parish Office must inform everyone why and how we will manage their information, and have their consent to do this for routine Parish business.

The above explains the need for this information. Fr Stephen would therefore be grateful therefore if members of this Parish could fill in a registration form. It can be downloaded using this link.

Once it has been downloaded, you can locate it in your computer's 'Downloads' folder as the Word document 'Registration_form.docx'.

It is recommended that it is filled in at the computer. Please then save it as a Word file with your name e.g. 'John_Smith.docx' as the file name. It can then be attached to an email and sent to the Parish Office.

Alternatively, you could print out the form, fill it in manually and post it to the Presbytery, 1 Stavordale Road, Weymouth DT4 0AB

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.


ON-LINE CELEBRATIONS OF MASS

Information about online celebrations of Masses is shown below. In this way the faithful can participate at home in the prayers of the priest at Mass.

The National shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, will continue its full liturgical programme and will be available to all on the internet at by clicking here

The 12 noon Pilgrim Mass and all major pilgrimages are available to watch LIVE each day on the internet.The link is live stream.

 

Aid to the Church in Need has kindly set out links to other Churches that stream Masses. Here are four of them

Click this linkBournemouth Oratory
Click this linkSt Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
Click this linkSt Gregory the Great, Ruislip
Click this linkSt John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

You can see a more comprehensive list by clicking this link


Our Lady, Star of the Sea Coronavirus Support Group

Coronavirus

Are you self-isolating and need a helping hand?

A support group of volunteers has been set up to help any parishioners in need during the Corona Virus emergency.

The support group can help with

  • Shopping
  • Collecting and delivering medication
  • Telephone support if you are feeling isolated or have any queries

Helen Harris is co-ordinating this and her email contact details are

Helen's telephone contact details are given in the Parish Newsletter which you can access via the button in the left hand column near the top, or you can download this poster by clicking this link


Publication of Diocesan Newspapers During the Coronavirus Crisis

The CathCom group has put many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers onto the web and these can be accessed via the link www.churchpaper.co.uk This will help parishioners to stay in contact with their Church and their community.

"Catholic Southwest" can be found by scrolling down the papers to the left. Once you have found it, click the "Download" button to load the document onto your computer.

The website can access over 600 editions of Catholic Newspapers around the country.


The Benedictine Monastery at Nursia, Italy

Click on the image to the right entitled "Monks of Nursia" will show you the work being done to restore the delapidated 16th Century Monastery, badly damaged in the earthquake of 2016

In the latest newsletter, Br Augustine, the Kitchen Master describes the preparation of the kitchen for Lent and also gives one of the recipes that help the monks mark this period of the year

The recipe "St Benedict's Lenten Lentils" can be seen by following this link and there is an opportunity to download a pdf copy.

THE CHURCH OF ST JOSEPH

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OUR HISTORIC CHURCHES

By 1979, as a result of the unremitting zeal of Priests and Parishioners, there were no less than 7 Catholic Churches in Weymouth and Portland. However within these last 33 years, Churches have had to be closed one by one. Shortage of priests has been one reason but another is that with better transport and with parishioners being more mobile, there is not the same need to have a Church in every locality. Our many churches carry with them a rich history and this can be accessed via the 'History' button on the left hand side of this page.

The latest Church to close – 8th September 2012 – is St Augustine’s. This had originally opened for worship on 22nd October 1835 and was the first Catholic Church to be established in this area since the Reformation.

St Joseph’s Church, dedicated on 19th March 1934, is now the Parish Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea. Over the past months, it has been refurbished and extended to accommodate worshippers from the original parishes. There is a completely new parish hall. To see the various features of the refurbished Church, please click on the small arrows to the right and left of the picture above.

Photographs of St Augustine’s Church and a short description can be found by clicking this link.

Similar pages will be prepared for the Church of Our Lady and St Andrew, Portland and the other Churches in the area as information emerges.

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

Almighty God and Father, we come before You as Your children to implore Your divine assistance and intercession at this time, when our nation is moving further and further away from You and Your teachings. Its various governments are pursuing a secular agenda, enacting laws that are contrary to Your divine law and to Your law of nature, laws that would further marginalise Your Church and Your people.

Father, strengthen our faith and our willingness to be seen and counted as Your witnesses at this time. Help us to do all that we can to oppose existing and proposed legislation offensive to Your Holy Name

We ask this through Your beloved Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Prayer courtesy of Rev Fr Stephen Geddes, Parish Priest

 

Parish Priest: Rev Fr Stephen Geddes Tel No: 01305 786033
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Deacon: Rev Geoffrey Carey Tel No: 01305 786033
 
Deacon: Rev Dr Jonathan de Kretser Tel No: 01305 832945
 
Parish Office: 1 Stavordale Road Weymouth DT4 0AB Tel No: 01305 786033
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There are currently 778 peers in the House of Lords. They do not have constituencies like MPs do, and you can write to any peer or several peers. Choose as you wish. (Some people choose a peer whose surname has the same initial letter as their own).

If you have MS Excel on your machine, the list of Peers and their political affiliations is given in this link. This also includes an application for randomising a choice of up to six Lords should you so wish to use it.

If you do not have access to MS Excel or are unfamiliar with its use, you can download this pdf list of all the members and make the choices yourself. Click here to do so

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It can happen that this automatic download onto the Windows 7 machine may be incomplete. In such cases, some Web sites may not yet work correctly in Internet Explorer 10, including the Secure Remote Access service.

But you can still use these Web sites in Internet Explorer 10 by turning on Compatibility View.The easiest way to do this is as follows:

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