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Please be aware of the developing situation regarding the Coronavirus.
Masses are being celebrated in our churches and many of our Masses are being live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube so congregations can join in spiritual communion with priests and congregations. Please check our weekly bulletin.
We all need to follow Government guidelines and instructions from Bishop Robert, however:
The Sacrament of Baptism can be celebrated but the number of people allowed to attend will be subject to the maximum in force at the time.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is being offered as advertised in our bulletin and on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are going to go ahead and our Primary Schools are working with their Parishes to arrange dates, but the number of people allowed to attend will be subject to the maximum in force at the time.
Confirmation can be celebrated but the number of people allowed to attend will be subject to the maximum in force at the time.
The Sacrament of Matrimony can be celebrated but the number of people allowed to attend will be subject to the maximum in force at the time.
Anointing of the Sick will only be done under extreme circumstances and in accordance with the strict hygiene guidance.
We already keep in touch with many of Parishioners by sending our bulletin by email or hand delivery; if there is anyone who does not receive a bulletin, please let us know by contacting the Parish Office on 01642 806469; if you know of anyone who is without support, please let us know, however we would hope that this is a time for families and communities to pull together. A Parish Census form can be accessed at the top of this page for those who wish to let the Parish have their contact details; this is asked for in accordance with GDPR guidelines. This information will help us to help you.
These are unprecedented times but if we work together we will come through.
God will help us.
St. Joseph, Protector of Holy Church – Pray for us
Other Masses Online
Masses will continue to be offered and several parishes in the Diocese as well as ours live-stream them. The full list can be found on the Diocesan website www.rcdhn.org.uk . Alternatively, you can view Masses from all over the country though Church Services TV. Each day, Vatican News live-streams Pope Francis’ 6am (GMT) Masses at Casa Santa Marta everyday on Facebook and YouTube. The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham live-streams their 12 noon Mass. The Dominican friars of GodzDogz at Blackfriars, Oxford are streaming Mass every day at 7.30am and on Saturdays at 8.30am on their YouTube Channel.
Prayers for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, prepared by the Bishops’ Conference. Act of Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen
Liturgy and Prayer
Universalis (Available free online or as a paid app) Magnificat is providing complimentary access to its resources during this time. Apps including Laudate, iMissal and iBreviary Prayers during a time of ‘flu and illness, prepared by the Liturgy Office. Click to Pray is the home of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and provides three brief moments of prayer each day as well as allowing you share your own prayer intentions for all to pray. Pray as you Go release daily spoken meditations on the readings of the Mass designed to go with you wherever you go. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. They have also launched a new series called Pray as you Stay, providing weekly prayers. The Benedictine Monks of Ampleforth Abbey live-stream their daily Monastic Office and Conventual Mass.