Covid19; Church News

COVID19/CORONAVIRUS

NATIONAL & DIOCESAN CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS

Wednesday 01 July

Covid Archbishops Letter 022

Covid Archbishops Letter P2 023

Thursday 04 June

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

“Cathedral Masses”

for the Sick and their Families,

for NHS Front-Line workers

and for those working in Social Care.

 The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries.  Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love.  Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.

In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join.  This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm

By visiting the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk)  links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.

 

 

Thursday 14 May

“Live-Streamed” Masses in East Anglia

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An updated schedule of Masses that can be watched live on your computer has been published by the Diocese.

Please click here to see the full schedule of all the Masses that are available.

Tuesday 31 March

Dispensation from Easter Duties

The Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter duties (reception of Holy Communion and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation) for the year 2020.

Holy Communion 

Although currently unable to attend Mass or receive Communion, the faithful are encouraged to join in prayer with their priests who continue to offer the sacrifice of the Mass privately.

The use of the Spiritual Communion Prayer –posted here on the website –  unites us in intention with the  priest celebrating the Mass, as well as with many others who will be offering similar prayers.

Act of Perfect Contrition  

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time – expressing true and real sorrow for sins, when we realise the immense love of God for us.

Contrition is expressed when we realise how we offended God by sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to his immeasurable love and mercy towards us.

The text of the recommended Act of Perfect Contrition is available by clicking here.

 

Friday 20 March;

When Mass cannot be Celebrated Publicly

A leaflet has been produced to help us join in the celebration of Mass – even though we cannot be physically present.  It can be accessed from this link:- https://saintbenetsbeccles.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/when-mass-cannot-be-celebrated-publicly.pdf

Note that this document is written to be printed double-sided and folded to become a 4-page, A5 booklet – like our weekly missalettes.

 

Thursday 19 March;

Liturgical Advice from CBCEW

Two further documents have been received from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).  Just click on the links below to see the documents.

2020.03.18 – PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENCY – CBCEW

2020.03.18 – Liturgical Advice to Bishops -Final

 

Friday 13 March;

Catholic Bishops’ Advice

A set of guidelines have been issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, and the latest version of the guide is available to download here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines