NATIONAL & DIOCESAN CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
Wednesday 01 July
Thursday 04 June
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
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
An updated schedule of Masses that can be watched live on your computer has been published by the Diocese.
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.
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.
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.