Coronavirus - please also see the Newsletter page
29th March: A FURTHER MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOPS' CONFERENCE IN ENGLAND AND WALES:
“....in these emergency circumstances and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.
Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties: that is, to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season and, by custom, to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand.....The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace in order to receive Holy Communion. As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020. The Bishops have asked that all should make an Act of Perfect Contrition.....This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine
Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine
Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our entire country goes into shutdown mode due to the coronavirus. Perhaps we could all think of this time of semi-quarantine as an invitation to some monastic introspection, some serious confrontation with the questions that matter—some purposeful sitting alone in a room.
Let's ask for God's mercy during this coronavirus pandemic by praying the Divine Mercy Novena, starting on Good Friday at 12pm (thereafter praying at 3pm) and ending on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). We'll then continue after the novena ends with the Divine Mercy chaplet, praying every day at 3 pm.
In addition to the intentions Jesus gave St Faustina for the Divine Mercy Novena, we'll be keeping in mind two other intentions:
1. An end to the coronavirus pandemic
2. To spiritually place ourselves beside those dying alone across the world from the virus
The EWTN channel is a fount of Catholic knowledge and well worth looking at. There is EWTN Great Britain: You can find it here
CORONA BITS AND PIECES!
Put your God Suit on and Keep Fit!
Greetings to all,
Here's a fun way to have a short keep-fit workout! I first came across this at Summer Camp last year - some of the children were amused by my efforts... We later used it as a NT meditation in my little group as it's based on St Paul's letter to the Ephesians 6: 10-17
Go on to You Tube and put in GOD SUIT and a lovely young lady will show you how it's done or try the couriers if you think she's just too good; what a great bunch of people.
Perhaps when we are celebrating being together again when the crisis is over we could do a community demo?
Have fun! Love from Annette
(Here it is: God Suit On).....It is SO Annette!
Beatrice would like to share a letter from Fr Mike Schmitz here
More prayer resources:
sdc.me.uk . Worksheets and prayer/liturgy resources which can be printed onto A4 paper and can easily be used at home with children without a need for huge amounts of pre-knowledge or information.
Guardian Angel’s prayer – Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, rule and guide – Amen
www.cafod.org.uk Catholic prayers and reflections/Prayer resources from CAFOD
Catholic.org/prayers Abundance of prayers for family and elderly
www.missio.org Mainly secondary resources
Prayer. there are several websites which may be of interest:
Universalis.com free for an introductory period then a one-off lifetime payment. I find this excellent.
Matthew Kelly runs a daily Lenten, very brief message to ponder. www.dynamiccatholic.com
www.pray-as-you-go.org daily prayer, based around the saints of the day etc.
At our Cathedral at 4.30pm each day. www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk
Scott Hahn offers reflections on the Sunday reading, and much more! http://www.scotthahn.com/listen-online