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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Catholic dioceses throughout the United Kingdom have now suspended public Masses.

We know this is heartbreaking. The Catechism affirms that “the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life”—making this a particularly difficult day in an already difficult time.

Whether you live alone or with family, you can still gather with Catholics around the world to worship God, keep his day holy, and receive the grace of an act of spiritual communion.

At this time of national crisis, why not join in the celebration of Holy Mass and devotions from the Catholic National Shrine of Lady, Walsingham – England’s Nazareth. Follow the link here to go directly to the live-streaming from Walsingham.

The Bishops have made clear that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This pandemic is the “serious reason” why this obligation does not apply at this time (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181).

Fr Anthony, the Parish Priest, will continue to offer Holy Mass your intentions each day, but this must take place without a congregation for the time being. Do join the Sacrifice of Christ daily in your prayers and especially in Spiritual Communion. In Spiritual Communion, we express our fervent desire to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to be united with Him. The Church teaches that if you are in a State of Grace and make a Spiritual Communion, you will receive the fruits of the Sacrament.

If you are self-isolating and would like to speak to a priest on the phone, please contact the Presbytery on 0161 834 3547

In such a time of crisis, we need to be particularly attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable. So please look out for ways to help those in need around you, by contributing to local food banks, volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations, or simply by keeping in touch by all the means open to us.