Coronavirus – Covid 19 – Update
Coming back to Mass
It is a great joy that we can celebrate Mass together again, and our public Masses each week are:
Our Lady of Victories church, Southwell, on Saturdays at 6.00pm,
Saint Anthony’s church, Calverton, on Sundays at 10.45am.
All are more than welcome to come back to church, even though the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass is still suspended by the Bishops of England and Wales, and so attendance is currently optional. For those parishioners who would like to come to Mass, it’s necessary to book a place since the capacity of each church is reduced to allow for socially-distanced seating.
To book a place, please telephone Kathleen and Robert Dixon, on 01636 813874, at any reasonable time from Monday morning until Friday evening; if there’s no reply please leave a message with your name and telephone number and they’ll return your call. Please note:
A place needs to be booked for each individual who plans to attend;
You’ll be asked to provide a telephone number, to be passed onto Public Health England if needed as part of the ‘Test and Trace’ system. Providing your telephone number is now mandatory.
For Sunday Masses bookings can be made only during the preceding week, from Monday morning, until Friday evening, running up to the Sunday Mass booked.
More volunteers are still needed to help keep our two churches open for the public celebration of Mass. If you think you can help (aged over 17 and under 70, not in a vulnerable health category or living with someone who is) then please consider volunteering. The application form is on the Forms page of the website, or can be found here, and the person specification here. Many thanks to all our volunteers!
The readings and prayers for Mass each day can be found here:
Daily Mass is broadcast from the Cathedral at the following times:
Sunday and Saturday: 10am
The link to the televised Mass is here:
Daily Mass is broadcast from the National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady in Walsingham each day at 12 noon:
Sunday Mass, celebrated by Bishop Patrick, will be broadcast from his chapel at Bishop’s House each Sunday at 10am:
The Bishop is also celebrating other liturgies (Holy Hours, the Rosary, etc), so check his YouTube channel, on the above link, to find out more.
Pope Francis has written this special prayer, and is encouraging Christians throughout the world to unite in praying it:
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.