CAFOD have produced this assembly for young people by young people from around the world, detailing how coronavirus is impacting on their lives and how they are dealing with it

Tearfund has an article which highlights the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has also brought out some of the best of humanity. You can read the paper here

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.

The Justice & Peace Assembly was held online between Sunday June 28th and Sunday July 4th this year.
Click here to download a poster detailing the time table of events

The Vatican has released a podcast which looks at the meaning of the feast of Corpus Christi. Listen to it here.

Pope Francis - The Revolution of Tenderness

A short video from Pope Francis

 

Laudato Si

We have just concluded Laudato Si’ Week, which has launched the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year with several initiatives, including the Season of Creation. The Church invites people to take part in this and more information may be found on the Vatican Website or on the Season of Creation website

 

The Significance of Pentecost

A reflection by Fr Denis McBride CSsR on the importance of Pentecost. This a SoundCloud file

Mental Health Awareness Week - May

 This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Many people are struggling during the pandemic, especially those who are living on their own. The short video below may help.... More ideas which may support you may be found on this link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

FutureLearn have a useful post on How to Stay Healthy During Lockdown, which gives some interesting guidelines and suggestions on dealing with the current situation.

Thy Kingdom Come

This is a prayer series lasting from Ascension to Pentecost hosted by Churches Together. The website contains many useful resources and ideas for prayer for individuals and families as nations across the world join together in prayer

The UK Blessing

Churches around the UK have come together at this time to sing a blessing over the nation. Watch the video here. (Opens in YouTube)
Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and providing hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.

Our buildings may be closed but the church is very much alive!

The Trentham Estate

Trentham Gardens near Stoke on Trent have uploaded a virtual tour of their stunning Spring Bulb Festival.

Click on the link above to be taken to their page

Communications Volunteer @ Liverpool Guild of Students

CAFOD Corona Virus Response

The Corona Virus has now spread world wide and there are confirmed cases in many of the countries CAFOD works in. As these places have poorer health systems, more poverty, hunger and poorer sanitation than we do, the effects of the virus could be really devastating. To find out more about what CAFOD is doing and how we could help, please look at cafod.org.uk/News/International-news/Coronavirus-response.


One of the actions we could do is to sign an online petition to the Prime Minister asking the government to make sure that any solutions they put in place to combat the impacts of Covid-19 help to protect the most vulnerable people here and abroad, and restore our planet for future generations. This petition can be found directly on e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1

 

News from the Vatican

Pope Francis has issued a letter to the faithful for the month of May in which he encourages us to pray the Rosary. He has also includes two prayers which we can say in union with him during the month.

To access the letter and prayers please follow the link

Music For Hope

Watch the Easter Sunday performance of Andrea Bocelli from Duomo di Milano

Calm me, Lord by Margaret Rizza is a beautiful meditative piece:

https://youtu.be/Fu6Z-P2y2WU

Mindfulness and Well Being
Being Still in the Presence of God

Music

The BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra: Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus

Walsingham Retreat

Several parishioners were due to go to Walsingham this week. This had to be cancelled, obviously. However, Monsignor John Armitage will lead
an Eight Day Retreat. This will start after Compline at 8pm on Sunday 19th April and finish on Sunday 26th April. More details can be found here or on the Walsingham website

Easter Sunday Links

Video of the Pope's Easter Mass

Archbishop's Easter Video Message

Archbishop's Easter Message

Pope Franicis's Easter Message

 

Taize

Each morning a meditation will be published on YouTube
Evening prayer with a small group of brothers will be published on facebook live from Taize. More details may be found here

Music

A YouTube channel which features Celtic Worship Music

 

Prayer

Further to the comment below, an easier way to access Five ways of sustaining faith in difficult times.

Resources

Copies of leaflets for services during Holy Week may be downloaded from the Bishop Eton website

Read The Tablet online - some articles are free to view

Read the latest copy of the Catholic Pic

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.

Mass

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:

St Gregory's Church Chorley, Live stream

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.

Radio Services

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:

http://www.heavensroadfm.com/

https://radioalba.org/

https://www.radiomaria.ie/

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/epg.html#onair

 

Online Retreats and Spiritual Guides

https://pray-as-you-go.org/article/journeying-with-jesus-a-gospel-lenten-pilgrimage

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/

https://www.sacredspace.ie/lenten-retreat-2020

Reflections on 3 narratives from St John's Gospel (Redemptorists)

 

Daily Prayer and Readings

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/word-of-the-day.html

https://pray-as-you-go.org/

https://www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer

https://gratefulness.org/

https://thegodwhospeaks2020.org.uk/index.php/walking-together-through-the-wilderness/


Stations of the Cross and other Lenten Resources

Stations with The Redemptorists

https://pray-as-you-go.org/article/stations-of-the-cross

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/lent/