The situation, as all will be aware, changes on virtually a daily basis. Sadly, in line with government directives, we are now unable to keep our church open as planned and Father Tony will now say Mass privately at his own residence for all parishioners and their intentions.
Please feel free to telephone Father directly or through the office 01684 293273 if you have any special requests or need his pastoral help.
All Masses for which intentions have been received will be celebrated on the dates as close to those originally agreed as possible.
These will be arranged on an individual basis.
Anointing of the Sick
If you know you are going into hospital, please ensure that you are anointed before you go in, as visits to hospitals have been severely restricted. Email or text Fr Tony on 07485 190392
All parish meetings are suspended until further notice.
How to Participate in the Eucharist while no Public Masses are available
You can find streamed Masses via the internet on many sites including:
https://mass-online.org (masses timed throughout the day)
Alternatively www.thedailymass.com or visit our own diocesan website at www.cliftondiocese.com and follow the instructions/links
During Streamed Masses, or indeed during times of prayer, especially in front of the Blessed Sacrament, you can make an act of Spiritual Communion whereby though not physically receiving Holy Communion you can nevertheless participate in the Eucharist. The following prayer is ideal for this purpose:Prayer for use for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul, so that may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
We are encourage to read the Gospels, pray with our families, or join your prayers to those of the Universal Church if you are in isolation. Please continue your Lenten Discipline, especially as regards acts of charity and alms-giving at a time when so many people are in need. Our priests will pray for you all when they offer Mass in private each day. Please remember all those afflicted in this pandemic, the Church and her leaders. This is not a happy time in the life of the Church, the country or the world, but if we are faithful in prayer and adhering to the word of God, good might yet come from this period of trial.