Coronavirus Precautions

It was announced by the Prime Minister on 23rd March that churches will close.
See a message from Cardinal Vincent on  the Diocese web site click here for the in the News section.

Listen to Fr Michael’s message at this time of uncertainty

 

By now you will be aware that in line with efforts to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus the public celebration of Mass has been suspended. The Sunday Mass stands at the centre of our Christian Catholic lives. As the Vatican Council reminds us, the Eucharist is the source and summit of all that we do. It is in the celebration of the Eucharist that the Church is most fully herself, that she calls upon God as she offers to God both thanks and praise, and where, nourished and strengthened by Christ who is present among those who are gathered, in the Word that is proclaimed, and the bread and wine that become his body and blood, she is equipped for the task of proclaiming and living out the Gospel.

Where Christ is, we his body, are also there. Our belief then is that wherever Mass is celebrated the whole church, the whole community is present. And by ‘community’ we do not simply mean the visible assembly, the people we can see around us, for the Church believes that the community incorporates not only the living, but also the saints in heaven and the departed who have gone before us in faith. Simply put, the Church, the community that gathers every time we celebrate Mass transcends both time and space. Certainly, it will be odd not to gather on Sunday for a public Mass, but as myself and Fr Julian celebrate ‘private’ masses, be assured that you will be present, not only in our thoughts and in our prayers, but precisely because a Mass which transcends time and space can never be private, cut off, apart or isolated.

Fr Michael

Please Note:
From Friday 20th March, all public Masses will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.
There is a link to view a live stream of various Masses each day below.

Helpful links to useful resources

Listen to a poem by Kitty O’Meara

“And the people stayed home. And read books and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played games and learned new ways of being and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses and made new choices and dreamed new images and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
Kitty O’Meara

The Bishop’s of England & Wales have issued a statement.
Please click here for their statement.

Pastoral Letter
Please click here for Cardinal Nichols’ Pastoral Letter.

NHS
If you require additional information please check the NHS website regularly during this time.

Link to the NHS website

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Cardinal Vincent

Be Aware
Link to the BBC News