Please be aware of the developing situation regarding the Coronavirus.
After the evening of Friday 20th March all public liturgies will cease and the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation is removed until further notice.
Masses will be celebrated by Parish Priests but without a congregation on a daily basis. Thus congregations can join in spiritual communion with priests.
Following Government guidelines and instructions from Bishop Robert, regretfully we have had to keep our churches closed.
The Sacrament of Baptism will be deferred until such time that congregations can gather safely.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation may be offered on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are postponed until such time that congregations can gather safely.
Confirmation is deferred until such time that congregations can gather safely.
The Sacrament of Matrimony should be deferred until such time that congregations can gather safely.
Anointing of the Sick will only be done under extreme circumstances and in accordance with the strict hygiene guidance.
We are aiming for the Parish to keep in touch and your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated; 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
Private Masses will continue to be offered and several parishes in the Diocese 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.
Torch provides a new homily each week, written by the Dominican Friars. Christian Art Today gives a reflection of each day’s Gospel, told through art and is run by a seminarian of the diocese. Lent In Isolation is releasing a daily reflection for the rest of Lent which includes the readings from Holy Mass, spiritual guidance from a priest, and a lead Act of Spiritual Communion. Behold2020 continue to help us journey towards the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary on 29th March. Join in with a novena for the Rededication, guided by Fr Lawrence Lew OP, at Hozana. Sr. Catherine Wybourne, a Benedictine nun of Holy Trinity Monastery in Herefordshire continues to share reflections on her blog. Thinking Faith, the online Journal of the British Jesuits. Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio broadcast’s 24/7 with a mix of Catholic programmes and Mass, Bishop Robert Barron’s Youtube channel broadcast’s daily Mass as well as providing brief commentaries on faith and culture. Fr. Lawrence Lew OP uploads daily reflective photos to his Flickr account. Catholic Voices are running weekly webinars each Monday to share inspiring wisdom, stories and answers to the questions on people’s hearts and minds. Register here. Fr. Rajiv Michael, priest at Westminster Cathedral, has created a blog featuring his homilies called Casting Fire. Fr. Andrew Eburne, Catholic chaplain at the University of East Anglia, has begun a podcast while in self-isolation called Ego Sum Via to stay in touch with parishioners and students.