Friday 22nd May
Pentecost Sunday May 31st – National Rosary relay Rally across England, Wales, Scotland - 9am to 9pm
Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their family homes during the month of May, especially when the Pandemic is making us aware of the value of our families and making it possible for us to pray together in lockdown at home. He encourages simple Rosaries and joining online Rosary initiatives to pray to Our Lady for deliverance from Covid-19 and he has composed two prayers for this intention. I invite you to join in an initiative that follows on the Pope’s request, the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally, from 9.00am to 9.00pm across Scotland England and Wales. Our Diocese has been asked to pray a Rosary Hour at 10 am and I warmly invite you to take part. Bishop Patrick
Proposed timetable for across the Dioceses
9.00am Arundel & Brighton, Northampton and HM Forces
10.00am Birmingham, Nottingham & Ukranian Eparchy
11.00am Brentwood & Plymouth
12 Noon Cardiff, Portsmouth & Dunkeld
1.00pm Clifton, Salford & St. Andrews & Edinburgh
2.00pm East Anglia, Shrewsbury, Aberdeen
3.00pm Hallam, Southwark, Glasgow
4.00pm Hexham & Newcastle, Wrexham, Ordinariate OLW
5.00pm Lancaster, Westminster, Argyll & the Isles
6.00pm Leeds, Polish Mission & Galloway
7.00pm Liverpool, Middlesbrough & Motherwell
8.00pm Menevia, Paisley & Syro Malabar Eparchy
9.00pm Bishop John Keenan, as the May 2020 Rosary Mission Episcopal lead, will lead a final Rosary at 9pm to which all are invited.
This is to be led in the form of a Rosary relay Rally where the Dioceses designated in their Rosary Hour encourage the peoples across their Diocese to pray the Rosary either, individually, in families, as online prayer groups, parish groups, and where possible led online by their parish priests and Bishop. It does not matter what time during the specified hour that the Rosary is prayed.
Then on the hour the next Dioceses take up the Rosary relay Rally and so on until 9pm.
At 9pm the Rosary Rally will end with a Rosary being led by Bishop John Keenan from St. Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley.
Come Holy Spirit & Renew the Face of the Earth
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Thy Kingdom Come – Global Ecumenical Prayer Initiative
Please do encourage your parishioners to join in this exciting ecumenical Global Week of Prayer at home, so that we may be more open to the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, and of prayer, in all our missionary work. You may like to make available, via your bulletin, and website, an electronic copy of a Catholic Novena to the Holy Spirit or to sign up to receive by email, and to pray daily at home, during these days between the Ascension and Pentecost, the Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit. found on this Novena website: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-to-the-holy-spirit There are also a wide variety of resources available to share in the Global Ecumenical Prayer Initiative - Thy Kingdom Come: https://www.thykingdomcome.global
This important initiative links Christians around the world in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, that more people may come to know the Lord Jesus Christ for themselves. What started off in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Anglican church in England, has now grown into an ecumenical and international call to prayer during this grace-filled time leading up to Pentecost.
Some of our parishioners will be unable to join us on Zoom at 10am for the Rosary on Pentecost Sunday which is next Sunday. For those who can’t join us on Zoom can I encourage you to say the Rosary at home at this time or if this time is not convenient to say it on Pentecost Sunday at a time that suits you for an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Thank you, Fr Paul
Consecration To The Blessed Virgin (Fatima)
O Most Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, in accordance with thy wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate myself today to thine Immaculate Heart. To thee I entrust all that I have, all that I am, to thy blessed charge and special keeping and into thine Immaculate Heart. For this day, for every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body.
To thee do I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will, and that of thy Divine Son.
Reign over me dearest Mother, that I may be thine in prosperity, in adversity, in health and in sickness, in life and in death. Grant that I may have no other spirit but thy spirit, to know Jesus Christ and His Divine and Holy Will; that I may have no other soul but thy soul, to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thy heart, to love God with a pure and burning love like thine.
My beloved Mother, my glorious Queen, I am all thine and all that I have is thine. Amen.
Fatima Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, all that this day may bring, be they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Extracts taken from a Book by Mother Teresa, St Teresa of Calcutta
Further Meditations from St Teresa of Calcutta’s Book Thirsting for God
May 18th The beginning of holiness is found in faithfulness to prayer. May each of us grow in holiness through prayer.
If we pray – we will believe.
If we believe – we will love.
If we love – we will serve.
Only then will we put our love for God into action, through service to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor.
May 20th Every home should feel the sunshine of God’s love radiating through it. Remember that he has called you by name, you are his. You are precious to him, he loves you. Those we live with belong to him, are precious to him. Such knowledge should become the burning flame of God’s love in our homes. May we each grow in the likeness of Christ through love for each other.
Mother Teresa’s Prayer for Priests
Mary, Mother of Jesus,
throw your mantle of purity over our priests.
Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart.
Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness.
Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus.
Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal.
Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips,
so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bringing them joy.
Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted.
Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus.
Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart.
Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate,
so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ.
Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen
Prayer for God’s Protection against Covid -19 virus
Lord, you promised: “If my people humble themselves, pray, seek me and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear and forgive their sins and restore them.”
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
Most Holy Trinity, in Jesus, the Only Begotten Son, You revealed Yourself as the fount of life and unfathomable source of Divine Mercy, who listens to Your People. We the people of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and our Isles, ask you to heed us amid this global pandemic of the Coronavirus that we struggle to bear.
Father God, we entrust ourselves into your Divine Mercy, through Our Lady, Mother of Mercy and Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, through St. Michael and the Archangels, St. Joseph, and all our nations’ Saints and Martyrs.
Merciful Jesus, hold out Your Healing Hand to rescue and safeguard us from this disease, and turn our nations and our souls to You as our Saviour.
We ask this for our sick, elderly and vulnerable, for families with young children, for our destitute and those suffering poor mental health.
Our Nations have forgotten You and sinned against You. We confess our sins with the Prophet Daniel: “Lord, we have sinned against you, we have acted wickedly, betrayed your commandments and turned from them. Integrity is yours; ours the look of shame because of the sins we carry. Listen to us, open Your eyes and see our plight. We do not rely on our own works but on Your mercy as we commend our humble plea to you. Lord, listen, forgive and act! For your own sake do not delay, because we, Your people, bear your name.
God Our Father, all forgiving and gentle, we implore your mercy, intervention and healing. Through JESUS CHRIST our Lord in the power of the Most Precious Blood.
Friday 8th May
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Sunday 21st April
Friday 1st May Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
Father Paul received the attached message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England and Wales - A People of Hope in Christ.
Sunday 21st April
LIVE- STREAMING FROM THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY
In addition to the regular programme there will be the following:
AN EIGHT DAY RETREAT
Monsignor John Armitage will lead an Eight Day Retreat. This will start after Compline at 8pm on Sunday 19th April and finish on Sunday 26th April.
Details of the retreat programme are given on the Shrine website: www.walsingham.org.uk
The Shrine is very grateful to Father Stephen Wang for allowing us to use his Sycamore Program. We shall be showing the 20 half hour videos, starting on Monday 27th April. They will be shown at 10.30am and 4.00pm each day.
Examples of Hospital Chaplaincy Good Practice
I have been in touch with the Bishops’ Healthcare Advisors as well as other chaplains I know and below are the types of support chaplains are currently providing. Hospital policies do vary a lot; a few do give access to Covid patients, but many do not. By all accounts the Nightingale Hospitals will give chaplaincy access to patients. Chaplains working alongside the particular Healthcare Trust to find effective alternatives is important. As such, I hope this list helps in this regard: 1. Use of telephone and video conferencing is by far the most common 2. Giving patients free wi-fi access and a tablet – some Trusts will supply these through the chaplaincy department 3. Posting prayer services or Mass on Youtube 4. Leaving prayer cards / booklets / sheets indicating the times the chaplain will praying those same prayers in the chapel 5. Using internal email system which patients can access at the bedside 6. Making available prayers of commendation and prayers for the dead that anyone could read if there is no access to a chaplain 7. Pages on the hospital intranet with prayers and devotional images 8. 24/7 dedicated Covid helpline. There is 24/7 cover anyway, but this reminds everyone of availability 9. Live streaming of Mass, either from the hospital chapel or some or location. This can be arranged by the local Catholic chaplain either on site or at a local parish. 10. One hospital has a Wellbeing Hub for multi-disciplinary team meetings and referrals. The chaplain ensures he is a part of this and from it he receives referrals to meet family or staff in designated safe areas 11. Hospital radio is being used for a ’thought-for-the-day’ slot 12. Chaplains making known that they meet at a particular time each day, light a candle and pray for patients. They have a book and invite people to add names so they can be prayed for personally Chaplains are giving assurances of the validity of Spiritual Communion and practising this widely, while the Vatican document of 20th March referring to the Catechism (CCC 1452) has been a helpful reminder with regard to Confession (ie the use of the Act of Perfect Contrition). Most indicate that the majority of their work seems to be with staff who are particularly appreciative of the care the chaplains continue to provide. Such contact is also the route through which opportunities for further support arise.
Bishop Paul Mason 14th April 2020
Friday 19th April
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