We can now resume public masses under strict conditions.
1.There is still no Sunday Obligation. You may come to mass on any day of the week.
2.We can only open if there are two Stewards – please follow their instructions.
3.Numbers are strictly limited. There will be a maximum capacity of 80 people in Church. If more arrive at any mass they cannot be admitted.
4.Stewards will direct you to a place to sit in Church.
5.We will be keeping a 1m+ social distance.
6.Everyone must wear a face covering in Church. (Exceptions are the under 5’s and those with breathing difficulties; and those in the sanctuary reading etc) You should provide your own masks.
7.Please observe the one- way system unless directed otherwise.
8.There is no toilet available (unless the centre is open) 9.Please leave church immediately after communion and talk together outside, keeping a social distance.
A big thank you to our volunteer stewards!
The annual pilgrimage to Hednesford is not taking place this year, so why not come online to join Fr Jeremy Howard, Fr Peter Weatherby, Deacon Peter Tibke and parishioners from Hednesford and Cannock for the Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) and shrine prayers.
The Rosary, prayers and a message from Bishop David McGough will be on Our Lady of Lourdes website – ololhednesford.org and also the Diocesan website and the Facebook pages of both Our Lady of Lourdes Hednesford and St Mary’s, Cannock on Sunday 5 July at 3 pm.
Proposed Mass Times from July 4th
11am - Exposition & Private Prayer | 12pm - 1st Mass of Sunday
5pm - Mass
8am - Mass | 10.30am - Mass
Tuesday to Saturday
9am - Mass each day
At last, after more than three months, from July 4th, mass and other sacraments will again be celebrated publicly However, it would be quite rash to describe this as “back to normal”: far from it.
A letter from the Archbishops about this return is being sent out with this Newsletter. (It has already gone to those on the WhatsApp list). Much more detailed information for the clergy, can be downloaded from here: bit.ly/3dHrqEx
From July 4th, our own masses will continue to be live streamed, and although we will move to mass times closer to what we had before the lockdown, we are now moving to an “inbetween” stage.
Not all Churches will be open, and those which are, such as ourselves, will have to follow precise social distancing and hygiene measures.
The Church understands that many faithful catholics will not be ready to take part in public masses. The Sunday obligation has not been reintroduced. No one has to attend mass on Sundays and holidays. The Church encourages us to hear mass, but on any day when it is offered, and only if it is safe to do so.
Also, mass will be celebrated with some unfamiliar features. There will be no congregational singing, and face coverings must be worn. Social distancing (1m+) must be observed. Communion (in the hand only) will be distributed after mass, and you will leave the Church immediately afterwards.
We will need volunteer stewards for every mass or service. Many of you have volunteered already. The celebration of daily mass will depend upon stewards being available.
If you can volunteer as a steward and/or help with cleaning please complete the online form here: https:// bit.ly/2BY2hsh
We will also need the co-operation of Eucharistic ministers, readers, counters and so on. I will be in touch will all of you again very soon.
This week we received further guidelines which have now been agreed between the Government and the Churches which will apply when the Churches are opened for private prayer. However, THERE IS NO DATE YET FOR THE REOPENING Before Churches are allowed to reopen risk assessment and other documentation will have to be completed. As well as signposting, floor marking and so on. This is no small task.
If you are can volunteer as a steward, cleaner or other helper when we are permitted to reopen, you should read the guidance which you can download here
Please note that the advice to those who are over 70 has been relaxed a little, but you should still take additional care.
Do not let us know yet, but we may need to ask for volunteers soon. Fr Jeremy at Hednesford and I are also keen that we work together when the churches reopen.
We wait on the government, but, we are preparing to reopen the Centre in three stages
1) Preparing the buildings and grounds - some essential gardening, cleaning and also measures to make social distancing possible. Some important cosmetic work is already taking place. If you could help with some odd jobs, around the centre - all following social distancing rules, - please ring Wayne on 07864 50658.
2) When laws and circumstances allow, we will start to serve and deliver food.
3) When the authorities allow we want to ready to open the bar and serve food.
YOU CAN HELP!
We applying for a grant for funds so that the Centre can reopen as soon as possible. Please send short accounts to say how much you value the Centre, how it helps build strong communities, how valuable the activities of the centre to people of any age, especially vulnerable people. Send these as soon as you can to 07766 335591 (WhatsApp or text) or email stmary- email@example.com.
18 April 2020 7:20 AM
Good morning everyone!
Today is Easter Saturday
“Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation”.
MASS streamed live this morning at 8.30am.
and available to watch afterwards from the same address
and from about 11:30am on YouTube bit.ly/youtubecnk
Thanks to those who continue to contribute to our masses with pre-recorded music and readings. We seem to have conquered the sound problems! (famous last words? …)
If you wish you can follow the readings, you can find them each day at universalis.com/mass.htm
Please send petitions beginning with the word “PRAY” by 8am for them to be included in today’s mass.
The mass is offered for the soul of Shelagh Gleve.
REFLECTION ON THE GOSPEL
This simple ending to Mark’s Gospel gives three accounts of appearances of risen Jesus, yet the first two are not believed. When we live in darkness, it is hard to believe in the light, much as we may yearn and long for it. And yet, we learn that God does not give up on us: and we should not give up on him.
Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages,
we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life,
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Coming soon …
… Later this morning, the parish newsletter will be sent out. And I have extended the time for submitting an entry to the Easter Prize Quiz till Tuesday … still had no 100% replies, so everyone is in with a chance!
CCN Cannock Catholic News 3 April 2020 8PM
Good Evening Everybody,
A——— GIVE THANKS!
Thanks for the videos of your singing - MORE please!
As I have already mentioned, the Church has provided guidance on how the ceremonies of Holy Week are to be adapted for the present circumstances. I’ll give you more information as we go along.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and the form of the mass will not include the blessing of palms. We have been told that we may bless them and distribute them later, that is to say, once the present restrictions have lifted. I think this will make this year’s palms especially precious to us, for they will become a sign, like the rainbow, of restoration and hope, after a time of darkness and trial.
Someone sent me a post on the internet in which the priest was asking people to put green branches on their doors to mark Palm Sunday (I’ve looked for this message, but can’t find it now) - a nice idea, and worth following.
RESOURCES FOR HOME
The latest newsletter from the Archdiocese highlights a range of interesting online resources about the faith and celebrating the faith. You can read it here: bit.ly/3dRNptY
Those who have followed our journey in faith courses will probably enjoy Fr Stephen Wang’s live conversations on faith which are on YouTube. Called “Pause for Faith” you can follow them here: bit.ly/3aG8wgX
For those who are not online, there is a helpful “Retreat for Holy Week” which can be downloaded by a net-connected family member or friend, and printed out to be used during the week. bit.ly/2X4Zcir
There also various resources for children.
Colour and Shape is a weekly children’s Liturgy bit.ly/39I2N8V
Weekly Worship is a series of Liturgy and Song led by Dan Callow and Emily Clarke (who used to be lay chaplain at Cardinal Griffin and several local primary schools) bit.ly/2xOfsK4
Wednesday Word for the next few weeks, in booklet form, can be downloaded here: bit.ly/3dOKFO5
Faith at Home is a document from the Archdiocese which includes these and many more resources. https://bit.ly/2wSJ3SO
WORSHIP ON RADIO AND TV
Since I mention this earlier today, I have found out that Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ service for Easter Sunday will be broadcast at 8am on Easter Sunday, 12th April, on the BBC’s 39 local radio stations. In some places this is described as “Mass”, but most other reports describe this as an “Easter service for all listeners”, which probably means it isn’t a mass.
Our nearest local radio station which is carrying the service is BBC WM (95.6 FM).
If you have an Amazon Echo (or similar) then all these local radio services are easy to connect to. That is also true of RTE One (mentioned earlier today), and many other radio stations around the world such as EWTN who will be broadcasting masses. I don’t have any specific details about these at present though.
There is a wide range of religious programming planned by the BBC in Holy Week and Easter, including a live broadcast of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi (“To the City and the World”) message on Easter day. Details here: https://bbc.in/3dQYD1R
AND FINALLY …
Mentioning the Amazon Echo leads me to reflect that being locked down in our homes can certainly make us “stir crazy”, as the Prime Minister pointed out. We miss our friends, and might even try having a conversation with Alexa, and if that is unsatisfying, then go on to talking to the other electrical appliances in our homes.
Actually, I've just been discussing this with the microwave and the toaster and although it got a bit heated, all of us agreed that things are getting bad.
I didn't mention anything to the washing machine, it always puts a negative spin on everything, and certainly not to the fridge as it's been acting cold and distant.
The hoover was very unsympathetic... told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over.
The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything (probably because of the shortage of paper) but the door knob told me to get a grip.
The front door said I was unhinged and the curtains told me to just pull myself together, but in the end the iron straightened everything out as it said everything will be fine, and there's no need to get steamed up.
God bless you all!
PS (I claim no credit and accept no blame for the last part of this message
Full Closure of Catholic Churches
Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement last night (23 March) strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols stresses that we must all play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save ‘precious lives’. “We’re going to play our full part in it. That was the call of St. Paul that we ought to be good citizens and today we ought to be good citizens playing our part in the protection of the vulnerable, in our support for the NHS and in the preserving of human life, which is so precious to God in the face of this virus.”
Good Afternoon everyone.
Another couple of quick notices.
This morning’s mass can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3bk1heb
It has a bumpy start. Facebook lets me “trim” the video, but it doesn’t seem to work. For me, anyway. So far, facebook tells me the Mass has been watched by about 400 people
(! probably not all the way through). I’ll have to find out how to do a virtual collection!
Church is open today till 4pm. (This is a change from an earlier notice). There are mass sheets in Church with the readings and responses on them (as usual). I will also produce a handout/bulletin, though I might not get it into Church by the end of the day.
Tomorrow - there will be posies for the Mums, which I will bless at the 10:30 mass - livestreamed and recorded - more about this in the next post. (No panic buying please!)
UPDATED : 20.03.20
Here is a bit more news about arrangements for keeping and practicing the Catholic faith during our time “in the wilderness”.
As you know, from Saturday 21st March there will be no public celebration of mass throughout the UK. These are the arrangements for us for the next few weeks.
I will celebrate Mass privately in Church at 8:30am from Tuesday to Saturday. The mass will be live streamed through our facebook page, and a recording of the mass will remain on the facebook page for the rest of day at least. On Sunday, the mass will also be broadcast live on the parish web page at 10:30am. Mass intentions will be published in advance each week through CCL (this list), the website and facebook.
If possible watch the mass live or later in the day.
(Our Lady of Lourdes are planning to broadcast mass live in the same way at 9am each weekday except Wednesday and at 9:15am on Sundays).
The Church will be open every day (except Monday) for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. I plan this to be from 9am till 6pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays. We will keep these times under review.
Please try to visit the Church at least once a week, even if it is just for a few minutes. Come along at any time in this period. Please use the prayer sheets for Spiritual Communion, as well as to light candles, privately pray the rosary, or the stations. Music will also be played during this time - mostly recorded, and sometimes performed by our parish musicians. Please note, though, that groups should not gather in Church, and no formal worship should be arranged for set times. When in Church at the same time parishioners should sit apart, about 2 metres or more from one another.
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