Helping Others Overseas
All Services at
St Joan of Arc Farnham will be suspended from
Saturday March 21st inclusive until further notice
We are constantly being updated about what our response to this
virus should be.
For now let us really live St. Paul’s phrase we hear so
many times in his letters in the New Testament to be ‘in
We are all connected in Him and through Him with each other.
Lord Jesus you promised us that
You would be with us to the end of time.
You are with us now.
We pray for ourselves, our families, our friends, our fellow parishioners
and for all people at this time.
May the God of love bless us all. Amen.
Letter to parishes
from Bishop Richard, 12 March 2020 with Covid-19 virus advice:
Following the recent guidance issued
via the Deans in the response to the Covid-19 virus, in order
to reduce possible transmission, I hereby direct that the following
special pastoral measures are to be implemented across the Diocese
until further notice: Main points are as follows:
• The sign of peace
is to be suspended at Mass.
• Holy Communion from the chalice shall cease to be offered
to the lay faithful.
• Those who choose to receive Holy Communion on the tongue
should be encouraged to receive on the hand instead.
• Holy water stoups in churches and chapels are to be emptied.
• Churches and chapels that are open daily for private prayer
should continue to remain open. Care should be given to ensuring
that surfaces ... are regularly sanitised throughout the day.
• Ministers should wash and also sanitise their hands before
and after distributing Holy Communion. Shared towels should not
be used in toilet areas or the sacristy.
• Shared hymnbooks and Mass books should cease to be used.
Single-use Mass sheets may be used; though these should be disposed
of immediately after use.
• All catering in parish halls is to cease. This includes
... any catering for groups that may be hiring parish halls.
For a full copy of this letter CLICK
for Parish Mission Statement
of St Joan of Arc Church
from Bishop Richard
•If you are vulnerable,
i.e. elderly, have a weakened immune system, a long term condition
such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease....or
members of your family have cold or 'flu symptoms, you
are asked not to attend the church or parish functions.
•Hand cleansers ... At the
time of writing supplies of hand cleanser have run out/depleted.
Please bring your own for the time being.
•The collection baskets
will not be passed round. Collectors will be at the
back of the church at the end of Mass.
•Holy Water stoops have been emptied.
•The Mass sheets will be distributed please take home with
you after Mass. Please do not leave
in the benches for someone else to clear.
•The newsletter will be published but you are asked to
take your copy home and not leave it in the church or download
it from this website.
•Hymn books and other shared liturgical books will
be withdrawn to avoid cross contamination.
We will, try to produce hymn sheets for Masses please take your
copy home with you and bring it back each week.
A Journey Through Church History.
This will teach us about Conversion
and Councils, Missionaries and The Emperor, Crusaders and Scholars,
Weak Leaders and Schism, Protestors and Defenders, The Catholic
Reformation, Revolutions and Modernism, A World at War, The New
Springtime and The Threshold of Hope.
here for dates and contact information.
26th March. Wintershall
Stations of the Cross.