Update

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." 

Stop Press "Covid Secure" Guidance

Effective Saturday 8th August we are now required to wear face masks in church 

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

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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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CAFOD

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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.

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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.

 

But,

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.

 

To Love.

 

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.

Today, breathe.

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

Sing.

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

Stay healthy and well

A story that speaks of hope

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