Together in England :
Light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer
Message from Fr Niven
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
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.
A MESSAGE FOR ALL IN ISOLATION
Dear Parishioners who by choice
or by instruction are living alone or with others in your family
home or in a care or nursing or residential home do remember that
Jesus often said to His disciples 'let us go away to some lonely
place'. He said this because it is not healthy to constantly be
in the busyness of the city. Let us try to use this time as an
awareness-of-the-Lord time. He who loves us is with us. Remember
Him. Remember Him as loving you and being with you. Pray for your
families and friends and for all who need our prayers at this
time. Our Masses and prayers are offered for everyone in isolation.
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.
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