Yesterday I reflected on how we need to try and live in the present moment.
After I posted my few words, our Archbishop, John Wilson sent all priests and deacons a message of encouragement. He said,
“In the past days there has been a strong sense of unity within the Church in speaking up in defence of the Mass. This is a powerful witness and also presents an opportunity, moving forward, to preach and catechise about the importance and beauty of the Mass as the source and summit of our faith and life.
It is important that we continue to pursue this matter with our elected representatives so that the freedom of religion and the freedom of worship are not seem as something that can be dispensed with by Government. We should also, if possible, thank those members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords who spoke on our behalf.”
With his message he attached a statement from Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop and Malcolm McMahon OP in which they encouraged us to make full use of our churches as places of visible prayer and sources of solace and help. Our own church is open from 9:30 to 11;30 and 1pm-3pm with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Bishops also suggested that we could join a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm. Fr John and I have been talking about doing something live streamed each evening at 6pm starting on Monday. This will be either the Rosary or Evening prayer. We will let you know via the newsletter (sign up here).
Even if you are sitting down to your supper at 6pm join us in a moment of prayer for healing for those who are suffering from Covid-19, those who care for the sick and the elderly and that God’s mercy and love may fill the hearts of all.