Join A Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus And The Immaculate Heart Of Mary
Join A Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus And The Immaculate Heart Of Mary Via ZOOM (11-20 June)
Pray an online Zoom novena with the World Apostolate of Fatima and Couples for Christ and Family Ministries. The novena starts this Thursday (11 June) at 8.30pm. Each evening there will be novena prayers, a reflection and the Holy Rosary. It will finish by 9.30pm. This is a beautiful way to prepare for both feasts and to get closer to Jesus through Mary.
These events are free and everyone is welcome. Click here for more information. The Zoom ID for this event is 588-891-8462.
The Pope will lead a rosary for the Covid-19 pandemic this Saturday (30th) at 4.30pm,
uniting Marian shrines across the world. Pope Francis will be accompanied in prayer by a doctor, a nurse, someone who has lost a family member to the virus and a patient who has recovered from it, with dozens of rosaries given to people living in areas most affected by the virus. The prayer will be broadcast from the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens here.
People across the country are invited to join the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally
the next day, praying the rosary individually, with their families or as part of an online community. Bishop Richard will be praying the rosary at Arundel Cathedral at 9am. You can pray with him by watching Arundel Cathedral’s live stream.
You can find out more about the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally here.
Bishop Richard's Podcast Book Review
In recent days, Bishop Richard was asked by publishers Darton, Longman and Todd to provide a podcast review as part of a project on books that we might read in lockdown. You can watch Bishop Richard's review of The Spiritual Way of The Carthusian Order' by Tim Peeters here.
To order a copy of 'The Spiritual Way of The Carthusian Order' follow this link. For a 50% discount type DLT50 in the box marked ‘Discount code’ at checkout. This code can be used for other purchases from the DLT website between now and the end of July.
16 May - Pope Francis has invited people around the world to participate in Laudato Si' week 16th -24th May, and take action to care for our common home. Today is the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’. The Pope has urged the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations. Visit the Diocesan website at 2pm this Monday 18th and discover what steps our Diocese are taking to help combat the climate crisis.
Getting Involved Visit the Journey to 2030 website for ideas and online events. Laudato Si’ week is run by the Global Catholic Climate Movement in association with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. They will be hosting a daily webinar focussing on a different topic each day.
A two-day retreat begins online at 3pm today. It aims to deepen our faith, help us to grow in gratitude and connect with people around the world through prayer, song, silence, and time with creation. You can sign up for the retreat here.
Cafod have created a wealth of prayer and study resources which can be accessed here.
2nd April - Cardinal on ‘Easter Duties’ and the forgiveness of sins
Holy Week, our most important week of the year will be completely different this year. But what does it mean for our spiritual well-being and salvation if we can't fulfil our "Easter Duties"? More
24th March - Statement from Cardinal Nichols: Closing churches is the right thing to do to save lives
"This morning, we are all coming to terms with that most remarkable, historic, dramatic announcement of the Prime Minister last night. He made our duty very clear. And it’s a duty which we must all wholeheartedly follow. That is the right thing to do because he wants us to play our part in stopping the spread of this virus – in helping to protect and get the best use of the NHS and therefore save precious lives.
What is clear to me and to my fellow bishops and to the Prime Minister is that we must now close our churches.
It’s not essential for people to travel to go to church in order to pray. We have to learn more and more that our prayer is rooted in our hearts and can be shared with our families. Open churches will only tempt people to travel. And that is not good practice now. So we have to deepen these words of prayer...."
The full text of his statement can be read here
IMPORTANT - New Update from The BISHOPS' CONFERENCE as at 18th March 2020
Please READ and NOTE the linked letters from the Bishops' Conference concerning the provision of Mass in the parishes, and Liturgical Advice offered.
Do pass this information on to those who do not have access to the internet.
2020.03.18 - PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENCY - CBCEW
Liturgical Advice to Bishops - 2020.03.18
CBCEW have also issued information on live-streamed Masses; this includes a prayer Pope Francis dedicated for Covid-19/Coronavirus to Our Lady.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDELINES FROM THE BISHOPS' CONFERENCE CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK:
or a pdf version can be downloaded
and guidelines from Bishop Richard https://pnl.parishportal.net/uploads/20/53329-coronavirus-letter-11.3.20.pdf
PRAYER AND GOOD IDEA LINKS
PRAYER IDEAS from CAFOD:
- In a time of isolation, take some time to pause and focus on your wellbeing. We have prayers, liturgies and reflections to support you in your prayer life.
- While the kids are off school and you’re in need of some fun activities, our education resources pages are packed with great ideas.
- Join our new Facebook group so that we can gather as an online family and offer you our prayers, online talks and isolation activities in one place, please do share your own ideas too.
- We are hosting an online children's liturgy this coming Sunday 22nd March, you can sign up now.
- Coronavirus Prayers
Dying, Recovering and Caring during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This helpful and informative podcast (Epoisode 18) comes from the Centre for the Art of Dying Well, based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. It is an exclusive interview with Dr Kathryn Mannix. More
PRAYERS SAID AT MASS AT WALSINGHAM
Two versions of The Guardian Angel Prayer, the Act of Spiritual Communion, and St Francis de Sales' Prayer can be found at https://www.walsingham.org.uk/prayers-at-mass/
The latest update from the Bishops' Conference can be viewed here
Art that Comforts from the Vatican
Vatican News You Tube Channel
A newsletter from the Walsingham Shrine Director
Mary TV streams various programmes from Medjugorje in English
For Children, Teenagers and Young Adults: https://churchathome.squarespace.com/
A message from Lizzie Wakeling, Diocesan Youth Advisor:
During this time of separation, we have the opportunity to build our relationship with God. One way you can do that is to reflect, pray and love. Starting this Sunday (Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week), https://easterjourney2020.wordpress.com/ will be posting daily resources to help you celebrate Easter. You can also follow on twitter @easterjourney20 or Instagram @theeasterjourney2020, I do hope that you will take the opportunity to look at these resources each day, and that they will help you to grow in faith and give you hope at this difficult time. God bless you all, Lizzie ? Lizzie Wakeling Diocesan, Youth Advisor, T: 01293 651158, E: [email protected]
Cardinal Nichols asks us to Pray for our Priests, particularly on Maundy Thursday.