Good News - re-opening of our churches for public worship
As you will know, on 23rd June, the Prime Minister announced that from 4th July places of worship are allowed to re-open for collective ats of worship. Our churches can only re-open once all the measures are in place that will make it safe for them to do so. Once these are in place it is the aim, for our parish, for public worship to resume on Tuesday 7th July, with Mss at 10am at Sacred Heart, Howden (subsequent Masses are set out on the Mass schedule). What a joy it will be to have you present again in our churches.
Of all the hygiene measures the bottom line is that there should be AT LEAST two trained steward-hygienists present in either church for EVERY public liturgy that takes places. Thus, for booking/scheduling Masses, baptisms, weddings and funerals, the first thing the parish priest must do is to ensure that at least two steward-hygienists are available. If there are no steward-hygienists no funeral, baptism, etc. can be booked.
The current situation is that we have seven volunteer steward-hygienists for Sacred Heart and two for St Joseph's. We thus really need, for Sacred Hear, another five, and, for St Joseph's, another ten. They should be under 70 years of age and have no underlying health issues. If you think you can fulfil this role please contact Fr Nigel as soon as possible. 01430 430245
At the time of writing, regarding Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses, the aim is to recommence these in our parish on 11th and 12th July. We have the minimum two steward-hygienists available for the 5.30pm Vigil Mass at St Joseph's on Saturday 11th July. Thus, this should be able to go ahead. Similarly, the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart on Sunday 12th July, and the 11am Mass on Sunday 12th July at St Joseph's, so these can take place.
Diocesan policy is that two metre distancing should be maintained. (Anything less than this would mean that all worshippers would have to wear face masks). For this reason you will realise that space will be at a premium and there will be limitation of numbers. In our two churches the MAXIMUM number of persons, or "units" (i.e. those living in the SAME household) will be 30. This will be for Masses, weddings, baptisms and funerals. For attendance at Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses (but NOT weekday Masses) you will need to register your name (and either email address or telephone number) re. pre-book.
This will also enable us to observe government regulations which ask that we keep a record of names and contact details for 21 days (re. track and trace procedure). For registering attendance at Sunday Masses please telephone Fr Nigel (01430 430245)
Links to live-streaming services
Sundays 11am fromSt Anne's Cathedral, Leeds
Links to several live-streaming services in our diocese
Sundays 9.00 11.00 and 18.30Corpus Christi, Headington(24/7 live-streaming)
Sundays at 11amSt Edward King & Confessor, wetherby(24/7 live-streaming)
Sundays at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter ChanelThis church has live streamed Masses at various times during the week. This link to their FB page will give details.
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri - weekday MassCorpus Christi, Headington(24/7 live-streaming) Also, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament daily from 5pm - 6pm, with a reflection on a different psalm every day.
The pilgrim venue Our Lady of Walsingham has 24/7 live-streaming, and puts on an unbelievable treasury of communal/offical church prayer.
Here is a list of services available nationside.http://catholicdirectory.org/
And here is a similarlist for Ireland(Thanks, Mary)
For those of you with children, CAFOD have a Virtual Children's Liturgy., but you have to register for it. On the same page you can sign up for children's liturgy newsletters.
Fr Nigel was keen for me to print out prayers from the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, but there are quite a few there so I'm providing a link instead.Prayers connected with COVID-19
A CORONAVIRUS PRAYER
Loving and healing Lord,
we turn to you in prayer
confient that you are with us and all people in every moment
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protecion.
May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.
fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old
that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those that are sick with the virus and be with their families.
May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.
Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance
that they may make the right decisions for the welfare of people.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who wil continue to work in the days
ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
Loving God, we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all creation,
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days, and bless their families. Amen.
PRAYER FROM THE WORLD COMMUNITY OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to us
as we wait in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make us the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you. Amen
Here are some quotes to help. God is the centre of our being.
"You were here all along, and I never knew it." Genesis 28: 16.
"The mystery of Christ is within you - our hope of glory." Colossians 1:27.
My deepest me is God". Catherine of Genoa.
"Late have I loved you. Beauty so very ancient and so ever new. Late have I loved you. You were within but I was without."
All above quotes collected very lazily from Richard Rohr's book - Immortal Diamond.(Aileen)