Message from Fr Martin
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are living through worrying unpresented times. However, I wish to assure you that you are all very much being prayed for, especially at daily mass. This Sunday, 29th March I shall celebrate mass at 9am. It would be wonderful if we were all united at that time in prayer and everyone can make a spiritual communion (click here for prayer) and as suggested, if every evening at 8 pm each parishioner alone or in their family gathers for prayer saying one or more decades of the rosary. In this way we can join in prayer, praying through the intercession of Mary our Mother to God for the healing of the nations. For those who are unsure how to say the rosary the following website will help you.
This Sunday has been designated by the Bishops of England for the rededication of England as the “Dowry of Mary”. This Rededication will take place at 12 noon throughout the country. As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady, so we are invited to give ourselves, as the people of this country, to Mary. I invite you to say the prayer of consecration to Our Lady at 12 noon (click here for prayer).
Pope Francis World Blessing: On Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome), the Pope will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture. At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us take up the Holy Father’s call to prayer. (click here to listen)
You can follow the Holy Mass daily through the internet. There are many sites you can choose. I would recommend EWTN and www.walsingham.org.uk. and follow livestreaming. Walsingham offers various services throughout the day – Mass, Talk, Rosary, Angelus and Mass, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Exposition and so forth. (Click here for the Live Stream Schedule)
I hear of so many who are helping neighbours with their shopping which is so encouraging. If you know anyone living on their own or vulnerable please keep in contact with them by phone and check if they need shopping. Please continue praying for our marvellous doctors, nurses, care workers and all in the caring profession.
Sadly Terry Thomspson died on Sunday and Kenneth Hayes who died on Friday, please remember them in your prayers. If anyone is seriously ill and needs the priest, please ring the Presbytery.