Coronavirus – Covid 19 – Update

14th April

 

During these days of pandemic it is a great sadness that our Catholic churches throughout the country have to remain closed.  The daily Mass is still being celebrated for the intentions of all the parishioners of Southwell and Calverton, and for the specific intentions you have requested.

 

Please use the resources in Sunday's newsletter to follow Mass each day or each Sunday.  Although we can't live-stream from Our Lady of Victories church there are live-stream options given below, and the newsletter gives some further resources so that we be connected with our faith..

 

If you need to contact the parish priest, Father Simon, please get in touch:

Justine, our parish secretary, is now working from home, but can be contacted through the parish email address, and is collecting the post regularly.

 

As requested by the Prime Minister on 23rd March, public religious celebrations are not taking place for the time being.  Funeral Services can still be held, at the cemetery or crematorium, and a Requiem Mass or Memorial Mass can be celebrated later, when it’s possible to gather again in church.

 

If you or someone you know wishes to be anointed with the Sacrament of the Sick please speak with Father Simon.  Likewise, if you or someone you know wishes to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this can be arranged directly with Father Simon.

 

In these days let us stay safe and well, with our eyes fixed on the Lord.  As our churches have to remain closed, let us open our hearts even wider.  As the Psalms say ‘Grow higher ancient doors and let the King of Glory enter.’  These are the doors of our hearts.  God knows well how to fill our lives.  We must open our hearts in prayer and silent welcome.

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

  • Weekdays: 1pm

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.

The Rosary is prayed throughout the day from the Shrine of Our Lady at the Grotto in Lourdes:

 

 

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.