The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want...........
Prayer resources for use during the current restrictions: The Liturgy Office website has prayers and readings for use at home. Children's Liturgy The Cafod website has some excellent resources for children to use during this time including prayers, games, videos and colouring sheets. Recordings of all of the Holy Week and Easter services and masses will be posted onto this website shortly after they have finished. They can all be live streamed on the parish facebook page. (facebook.com@stmarysandstjosephs) Corona Virus; other information During the present pandemic we are instructed:
Not to gather for public worship from Friday 20th March
Our Churches must now remain closed
Priests will continue to say mass on Sundays and during the week, without a public congregation. We are live streaming these on the parish Facebook page. (facebook.com@stmarysandstjosephs) Recordings of Sunday masses and the Holy Week services will also be added to this page of the website. Other live streamed masses will become available. And there are Catholic channels on satellite television.
Parishioners are asked to join in spiritually, knowing these masses are taking place; following prayers; making a spiritual Communion.
As long as the present circumstances last the obligation to attend mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. Friday abstinence from meat is also suspended. More details can be found on the Bishops’ website www.cbcew.org.uk A vital aspect of these times is our care for each other. There are many ways we can do this. Volunteering where possible and keeping in touch with the elderly and vulnerable. ‘The effort of daily kindness and support will continue and increase. Please play your part in this’.
Some practical points.
The newsletter will be available each week on line.
Mass intentions will continue to be honoured and can be posted through the Priory letter box. Our financial situation, without your generous weekly offerings, is a cause for concern.
Envelope users—when your have run out you could place your offering in any envelope—marking it with your name and envelope number. These could be saved up or posted through the Priory front door
Those who put cash directly into the collection boxes—your weekly amount could be saved up until things return to normal.
Consider making your offering by standing order, details can be found on the Giving page.