The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued Liturgical Advice in the light of the pandemic. This can be accessed by clicking here . A further letter signed by Cardinal Nichols can be accessed by clicking here.
In summary, the following arrangements will apply from Saturday 21st until further notice.
MASS will continue to be celebrated at all the normal published times but there will be no congregation. The Masses will continue to be live streamed so that parishioners (and others) can attend virtually. The faithful can join in spiritual communion with the priest – see prayer below. Although the church will be locked during these celebrations, it will otherwise remain open for individual private prayer without any organised services. BAPTISM will be deferred until congregations can gather safely. In case of necessity, baptism should be celebrated with all necessary hygiene precautions. RECONCILIATION may be offered on request observing hygiene and social distancing requirements. FIRST RECONCILATION AND FIRST COMMUNION will be postponed and separate notice has been given to those involved. CONFIRMATION will be postponed until gathering is safe again. WEDDINGS will be postponed but where that is not possible, special arrangements can be made exceptionally. ANOINTING OF THE SICK No pastoral visits will be made to those who are self-isolating until the isolation period ends. They will receive telephone support (please make sure that the priest is aware of the self-isolation). HOLY WEEK SERVICES Further guidance will be issued at a later date. FUNERALS services will take place either at the graveside or at a crematorium. MASS INTENTIONS will continue to be celebrated at the Masses celebrated by the priest.
Although congregations will not be gathering, parish expenses will continue. Please click here to see arrangements for continued giving.
There are a wide range of prayers and reflections available online. The selection below includes a number of helpful resources: