Pastoral Message From Bishop Richard - 24th March 2020
Bishop Richard's Podcast for the 4th Sunday in Lent
Join Bishop Richard for the first in a series of weekly podcasts reflecting on this Sunday's readings. We are living in challenging times and the witness of prayer will be a great comfort to many. We hope that you find this ongoing series helpful and consoling.
Coronavirus Update - Guidance for Parishes - 18th March 2020
Catholic Bishops’ conference of England and Wales
A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice. Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing. However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation. Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day. We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the 'serious reason' why this obligation does not apply at this time. May God bless us all. Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Vice President; Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP President.
For Final liturgical advice From the General Secretary, Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas - 18.03.20 click here.
Live Mass streaming
You can watch a live stream of a daily, weekend masses and services from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Caterham. Please see available masses & services. We are hoping to live stream St John's masses very soon. You can also watch recordings of the holy mass and other events live at the National Shrine of our Lady at Walsingham. See links below for other live mass streams:
The Lady Chapel now benefits from a glass screen to separate it from the Sanctuary. As well as making this a better space for quiet, private prayer, it also means that we now have an area for young children who may become restless during mass.
Lent Material 2020
This year the Diocese is pleased to share the Lent programme from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. A number of churches are keeping 2020 as “the Year of the Word” so this course, with its focus on scripture, will be an ideal resource for Lent 2020. The course can be downloaded here. We hope you will find the material helpful. Jon Harman Diocesan Adviser for Formation and Spirituality.
Jesus loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we take time out of our busy lives to give Jesus love and adoration in return? Spending an hour in the presence of the Lord, to sit quietly in prayer or just to think and reflect, can be the most wonderful part of your week. During the season of Lent there will be an additional hour for Eucharistic Adoration on Friday mornings after mass.