The bulletin is now ready to download on the Mass Times and Bulletin page. You will notice the item about Track and Trace. We have created a page on our website explaining how to use the new NHS Track and Trace App for your Smart Phone. To access this page, click the button below.
As you may be aware, some parishioners recently received email messages from an account impersonating Fr Mark asking them to buy online gift vouchers. Given the current climate, now more than ever is the time to be vigilant in regard to phishing emails. The rise in unemployment globally has increased the chances that more people might turn to cybercrime as another way to make money using software that is readily available on the internet, greatly increasing the chance of an attack.
Churches are a high target due to the volume of sensitive data we hold and due to the fact that they are aware of the level of trust people have in their parish priest, church volunteers and staff members. Phishing emails are one of the main methods hackers are currently using. A "phishing" email is an email that is made to look like a genuine message from someone (such as your parish priest) that is engineered to trick you into giving away money or revealing your passwords. The majority of phishing emails look like an official email asking the you to act on an instruction - such as asking you to buy gift cards or send money to them online.
Sometimes, scammers may ask you to click a link that takes you to what appears to be a genuine password reset page but once those credentials have been entered they are in the hackers hands. Once your credentials have been captured, within seconds the hackers software will have added your credentials to a list of other captured credentials then attempt to access as many other services as possible with that username and password to see which are accessible. Be wary of any website or service that asks for your credentials. Check the web address is genuine for the service you are connecting to.
If you get an email that doesn’t look right or are unsure about something, please get in touch and the parish will investigate. Remember, no one would ever need to know your passwords or ask you to buy vast quantities of online gift cards. If someone is requesting them, it’s likely to be a scam.
Aaron (Online Content Manager)
In his address, Pope Francis encouraged the international community to seize the COVID-19 pandemic as a time of choosing. This will be the second time Pope Francis has addressed the General Assembly. The first time was in person, exactly five years ago, on September 25, 2015. It will be the sixth time a Pope has addressed the UN, following Pope Paul VI in 1964, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and 1995, Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. The full text of the statement can be read below by clicking the "read more" button.
This year, these Masses will take place at St Chad's Cathedral and will be live streamed. For more information please click below.
The Bulletin is now ready to download from the Mass Times and Bulletin page.
Don't forget Fr Sean's Ordination is this Sunday afternoon at 3.00 pm and you can join in by logging onto the Cathedral livestream channel https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-chads-cathedral-birmingham
You can also participate in his First Mass at St Mary the Mount in Walsall on Monday Evening at 7.00 pm through their website https://stmarysthemount.co.uk/live-stream-channel
Please keep him in your prayers as he begins his ministry as a priest in our parish under such strange circumstances.
Now that we have developed a good system for regular cleaning of St Michael's and SS Peter's & Paul's,we can begin the celebration of Baptisms in October. Before you child can be baptised you will need to attend a Baptism Class. This will, however, be a virtual class so that you do not need to leave home in order to attend.
The next Baptism Class will be online on Saturday 19th September at 12.30 pm. If you will to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will then be sent an information leaflet, the Registration Form and the link to join us for the class on Saturday 19th.
Please spread the word to your families and friends about all of this!
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