An Update on the situation in our church due to the COVID 19 Pandemic

As we have seen, the situation changes daily. Sadly, in line with government directives, we have to keep all our churches closed. Father Tony will say a private Mass for all parishioners and their intentions from his private residence.

Mass Intentions

All Masses for which intentions have been received will be celebrated on the dates as close to those originally agreed as possible.

Funerals

These will be arranged on an individual basis.

Anointing of the Sick

If you know you are going into hospital, please ensure that you are anointed before you go in, as visits to hospitals have been severely restricted. Please email or text Father Tony on 07485 190392

Parish Meetings

All parish meetings such as oremus etc are suspended until further notice.

How to Participate in the Eucharist while no Public Masses are available

You can find streamed Masses via the internet on numberous sites such as :

https://mass-online.org (masses timed throughout the day)

Alternatively visit: www.thedailymass.com or even our our diocesan website: www.cliftondiocese.com and follow the instructions/links

During Streamed Masses, or indeed during times of prayer, especially in front of the Blessed Sacrament, you can make an act of Spiritual Communion whereby though not physically receiving Holy Communion you can nevertheless participate in the Eucharist.  The following prayer is ideal for this purpose:Prayer for use for 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.

 Father David and Father Tony would also encourage you to read the Gospels, pray with your families, or join your prayers to those of the Universal Church if you are in isolation.  They urge you continue your Lenten Discipline, especially as regards acts of charity and alms-giving at a time when so many people are in need.  Please remember all those afflicted in this pandemic, the Church and her leaders, and perhaps also our priests in your prayers.  This is not a happy time in the life of the Church, the country or the world, but if we are faithful in prayer and adhering to the word of God, good might yet come from this period of trial.