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.
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
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!
Click on the link above to be taken to their page
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
Calm me, Lord by Margaret Rizza is a beautiful meditative piece:
Mindfulness and Well Being
Being Still in the Presence of God
The BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra: Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus
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
A YouTube channel which features Celtic Worship Music
Further to the comment below, an easier way to access Five ways of sustaining faith in difficult times.
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
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