Coronavirus – Covid-19 UPDATE 1

Following on from the latest Governments advice the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have announced the suspension of all Public Services in Catholic Churches from Friday evening 20th March 2020.

Churches will remain OPEN for private devotion and Masses will still be said for the Intentions.  You can still request Mass Intentions in the usual way. Mass will be available daily via the Live streaming link at St Mary’s Brownedge which is

The times of Masses are shown on the link and the Masses are recorded and can be viewed at any time.

In his letter Cardinal Nichols says “Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.

The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.

During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.”

To view the Cardinals letter in Full Click HERE

To Access the Leaflet “When Mass cannot be said Publicly” Click HERE

Father Mark and Father Joe will be issuing further information about our local area as soon as they are able.

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