NEWS ALERT: Churches to close, upon the recommendation of the Bishops of England and Wales, to control the spread of the infectious disease currently travelling the country.
Although the church has had public Masses, these have taken placed under controlled circumstances, at 10.30 on a Sunday Morning. We are, unfortunately, far from any form of ‘normality.’ In the present circumstances, we are presently unable to offer Mass in public, and have been advised to remain in our homes and deepen our lives of prayer and devotion there. Three immediate points:
- Please note that Confessions cannot be heard over the telephone or by e-mail, and services of general absolution cannot be held as this involves travel and the gathering of people. Requests for individual confession may be difficult to meet, given the demands of social distancing and church closures; but call the house about confessions, anyway.
- A recent note from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome, speaking about the pandemic, reminds the faithful who cannot receive sacramental absolution that ‘perfect contrition, rooted in love of God who is to be loved above all things, expressed in a sincere request for forgiveness, insofar as the penitent is able to make it at that moment, and accompanied by the firm intention to go to confession as soon as is possible, obtains forgiveness of all sins, including grave sin.’ (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1452)
- As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed during these emergency circumstances of the lock-down, and for as long as they last.
Several priests in the Diocese have acquired the facility to transmit their daily, private celebrations of Holy Mass online, LIVE and as recorded. Find a summary of these by clicking the following link:
Confessions are available at the moment, but under altered circumstances, not using the church building. Call the parish house for details. Confessions would normally be heard for a half-hour before every Mass, and we shall return to that when the public health crisis has passed by.
Music has been ended in the church for the time-being, but we shall have the usual arrangements again when normality has returned.
We would still be delighted if you have a musical talent that you are willing to share with us. Please contact Fr. Kevin to explore some options.
Reading at Mass is an important part of parish ministry, although the ministry of lector has been suspended at the moment. We always welcome people who feel able to undertake this role, and training is available, as required. Please contact Fr. Kevin again. The readers will be able to get back to their ministry when normality has returned.
The 10.15 Mass is signed for members of our community who are deaf.
In recognition of the growing number of cultural groups in our parish, an International Mass has become a regular event. People from various cultures share their views and experiences to add to the celebration of Mass.