The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have taken the decision to stop all public acts of worship from Friday March 20th. Further details may be found on their website https://www.cbcew.org.uk/.
Our communities may find some solace in some of the opportunities available on the internet. Take time to browse - you are not alone. Keep an eye on this page of the website as we hope to update with other news and supportive opportunities as time goes on.
Alone Together: A Guide to Isolation and Social Distancing from those in the know - is a compilation of useful resources to help people deal with life as it is at present. Contributors are all people who have lived through the experience of isolation either by choice, such as contemplative nuns and priests, or through circumstances, such as hostages or the permanently housebound.
Fr Dave's Blog has a useful guide written by Fr Chris Thomas which is well worth a read. It's called Five ways of sustaining faith in difficult times.
Several churches have live feeds playing during the celebration of mass. The church nearest to us that does this is St Gregory's in Chorley, where Fr Graeme Dunne is Parish Priest. Many of us remember Fr Graeme from his time as Parish Priest at Sacred Heart in Leigh. The following link takes you directly to the feed for Masses celebrated at St Gregory's:
Knock Shrine stream live Mass and they also have a live feed from the Apparition chapel, another way of helping people to create an atmosphere to pray.
The website Church Services TV gives you details of other churches in the UK and elsewhere which also provide a livefeed for Mass or Daily Prayer and also the option to download services for later play back. This is a rich resource for many other items too and well worth a visit.
Those who prefer to listen to mass, other services or news about our faith on the radio may do so at any of the following:
Online Retreats and Spiritual Guides
Daily Prayer and Readings
Stations of the Cross and other Lenten Resources