Following the Government requirement that face coverings will be mandatory in all Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020,
our Bishop Richard Moth has announced that
"all those attending Churches in the Diocese
must wear a face covering
unless they are exempt from doing so."
Faith and life
The Governor of Louisiana
said he will be fasting from lunch Monday through Wednesday of this week, and “praying for the people of Louisiana,” especially the sick, their caretakers, and the families of those who have died from COVID-19. Prayer and fasting are “a spiritual diet and exercise that I as a Catholic Christian believe is very important, anyway,” said Edwards, reported the Catholic News Agency
Covid Secure Guidelines
Follow the Stewards' seating instructions (2 metre rule)
Sanitise hands on entering and leaving Church
No kneeling (to maintain 2 metre rule)
No shaking of hands at the Sign of Peace
Stand over the yellow footprints for Holy Communion
Holy Communion in the hand only
Only take the candle that you are going to light
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Pin a Prayer
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in several countries where CAFOD works. Its spread to countries with poor health systems will be devastating. Their local experts need our support to continue protecting lives.
to cheer up those suffering isolation due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
L O C K D O W N
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
so that elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless,
the sick, the weary.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours
in a new way.
All over the world people are awake to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that:
Yes there is fear.
but there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation
but there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying
but there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness
but there does not have to be disease of the Soul.
Yes there is even death
but there can always be a rebirth of Love.
Wake up to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing
Spring is coming
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the window of your Soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square
Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Friar based
in Dublin, wrote the poem in response to the ‘Lockdown’
imposed by the Government in Ireland to combat the threat
posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic