The Bishops of England and Wales have decided to halt all public Masses. This is to try to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.
There will be no public Masses therefore in our parish from the evening of Friday 20th March.
However, Mass will be celebrated every day by me, your parish priest, but without a congregation. The times of the Masses are:
The Mass is the one Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. In it the bread and wine become really and truly His Body and Blood.
In the great Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass, through the ministry of the priest, Jesus offers the one Sacrifice He offered on Calvary. That offering of Himself that He made on the cross remains alive in Him forever, part and parcel of who He is.
It is the greatest prayer ever, the greatest act of love, the most powerful intercession for us, the fullest form of worship we can have on earth.
In it, we offer adoration and praise to God the Father, thanksgiving, intercession for our needs and those of the whole world and Church (including all who have died), and reparation for our sins – all through Jesus in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
The offering of the Mass will continue. Making a Spiritual Communion connects us to the Mass and allows us to receive Jesus, made present on our altar, spiritually within our hearts.
Please do continue to join yourselves to the offering of the Mass even if you cannot be here in person.