Suspension of public worship

With immediate effect, all public worship in Catholic churches is suspended until further notice. This is to support the country and civil and NHS authorities in keeping people safe and managing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. All parish Masses, prayer groups, meetings and activities are suspended. Further information will be posted on the parish website, including measure being taken to provide for pastoral care during this time and resources so that we can continue to pray at home. Sacred Heart Church will remain open during the day – if you are able and it is safe to do so, pop in, light a candle, say some prayers, maybe pray the Stations of the Cross …… when you come in and leave, use the hand sanitiser.

The parish bulletin will be produced this weekend, will be available to download from the website and will also be left at the back of church for you to call in and take away. It gives the readings for the weekend and the reflections and prayers on the front cover


4 thoughts on “Suspension of public worship”

  1. This is a very sad day. Not unexpected but it brings home the seriousness of the crisis we are facing. Praying that all our parishioners and Father Joe will stay safe during the next few difficult weeks. Sue and Peter

  2. It was particularly poignant remembering Father Eamonn at the last mass for a while. As we light a daily candle at home In remembrance of our families we send best wishes to our parish and Father Joe. Regards The Hart family

  3. Try and find time to pay a visit to our parish church if you are able. I find it so comforting when I light a candle and prayer helps me to be closer to God and to trust in him. We bring to God all our worries and fears. Please remember to pray, in particular for all those who have lost their lives through this virus and also for the ill and the bereaved.

    The stations of the cross are so moving and if you can, do try and spend some time meditating on these stations. I find it particular poignant at this time when so many people are suffering. An Italian told me some people are not taking it serious enough until either a relative or close friend dies of this virus. This made me think of how very serious this virus is and we pray that we are spared if it is God’s will.

    God our Father, please deliver us of this virus and help us all to become closer to you.

  4. Yes very sat times, felt very strange not getting ready for Mass last night. but how brilliant it was to watch Mass from the Cathedral this morning at 10am ( and for those who know me NO I wasnt in my jimjams) found without distractions we were both able to concentrate more.

    Fr Joe and all parishioners are in our daily prayers. Thinking especially of the OAP’s living on their own.

    Eileen & Dave

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