Responding to the recent rise in Covid cases
Since we published this week’s newsletter it has become clear that the numbers of Covid cases in our area, of admissions to our local hospitals and of deaths, are continuing to increase and are expected to rise still further in the coming days and weeks. The spread of the new strain of the virus is clearly not being contained by the current measures.
While all places of worship in Scotland and Northern Ireland have been closed, the Government has, for the time being, allowed communal worship in England to continue under the current strict precautions. Archbishop Malcolm has written to the priests as follows:
“Although I have circulated the recent government advice on the opening of churches, I want to emphasise that the final decision in this regard is yours. Only you know your people, their age profile and the risks that they are likely to be exposed to and present to others. You have to consider your volunteers and stewards. You also have yourself to consider and I would not want you to expose yourself unnecessarily to infection from the virus. I have already said that the celebration of baptisms, marriages and first communions should be postponed except for exceptional circumstances. I would like to be clear, in addition, that if you wish to stop public celebration of Holy Mass and the sacraments for the duration of this emergency, then I will fully support you. Now is the time to make wise decisions for the good of all.”
Many priests in our diocese have already taken the decision to suspend public celebrations of Mass and the sacraments. Fr Anthony and I have carefully considered all the factors the Archbishop mentions and have reluctantly decided that, after this weekend, Masses in both our churches will be celebrated without a congregation, livestreamed as usual, until further notice. We know that those who have been coming to Mass will be saddened, as we are, by this decision, but we feel that we must do everything we can, in the short term, to control the spread of the virus, to support all those working in the NHS and other caring services and to save lives. For the time being, we will continue to celebrate funerals in strict observance of the regulations and baptisms and weddings only in exceptional circumstances. We offer our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who have assisted in ensuring the safety of those attending services in our churches and will continue to do so in these exceptional circumstances. We will keep the situation under review and will return to the public celebration of Mass as soon as we judge it safe to do so.
Live streaming Masses
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Mary’s Meals – Double the love
So much can be asked of us at this time of year. It may be hard to always say yes. Mary said yes to being the Mother of Jesus and as a young, unmarried girl this must have been a terrifying moment for her. Yet her ‘yes’ brought Jesus into the world and changed lives forever. Throughout this year of many challenges, thanks to our generous supporters, Mary’s Meals has continued to say yes to feeding desperately hungry children with a daily meal in a place of education. Now we are delighted to share with you a new opportunity to say yes and provide 43,000 hungry children in Bong County, Liberia, with a life-changing meal at school. From 2ndNovember until 31stJanuary 2021, donations made to our Double The Love campaign will be matched by the UK government, up to £2 million. Please consider setting a place at our Big Family Christmas dinner table or buying a Christmas gift card on our website. More information on how to support us can be found at www.marysmeals.org.uk/doublethelove.
Live Streaming Update: adding Zoom
We are still live streaming all services via the parish websites but we are also experimenting with some parishioners participating via Zoom. If you would like to join in the 11.30am Mass at Queen of Martyrs by Zoom, send an email with your name and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, and we will email you on Friday a Zoom invitation and instructions.
Coronavirus: Resources for health and well-being & information for parents and children
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