Church closure

A message from Fr Michael

 

Dear All
 
We live in a rapidly changing situation. I said the other day that, as soon as we implement the latest guidelines/advice, something more drastic comes along. So, after only 3 days of the "no public services" regime, we are no longer allowed to open the churches for private prayer.
 
We have received the following message from Bishop John tonight:
 
In line with The Prime Minister's statement no churches in the diocese should open again until these restrictions are lifted. This means further restrictions on weddings and baptisms, none of which should now take place.
 
 
Please encourage your parishioners to live our Faith in a different way. They can create somewhere in their homes that they and their family can go to pray during these days and remind them that although the Church building may be closed, the Church continues in each of us.
 
 
Private Mass can still be offered and I am thankful to all those who have been able to make this available via streaming.
 
 
These are unprecedented times and it is vital that we all do our part to protect the most vulnerable. 
 
 
So we will continue with our live-streamed Masses at 9am & 7.30pm each day (except Sunday when they are 9.30am & 11am) but instead of the two two-hour slots when we had the church open, we will have two half-hour slots when we will stream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. These will be from 10am to 10.30am and then 6.30pm to 7pm.
 
Over the coming days we will consider what further devotions we might be able to make available either live-streamed or recorded and placed on our website or other social media.
 
Thank you for signing up to this distribution list. It is a great way of getting information out quickly as circumstances change. Without breaking any of the restrictions now imposed on us all, please try to get this information to as many people as you know who do not have internet access.
 
Please do take care of yourselves and of one another by observing all that we have been asked to do.
 
With thoughts and prayers for you all
 
Fr Michael