The risk assessment has been updated to reflect the very welcome increase in the numbers returning to Mass. As a result, we now operate social distancing of at least one metre with the mandatory wearing of face coverings. The new risk assessment can be viewed HERE.
We are living in turbulent times, such that it can feel as if a storm is truly raging around us. The pandemic has thrown many of us into turmoil and at times it has been very frightening. It has not always been easy to stay calm, to trust that the storm will pass. In such times it is important that we get away to a quiet place where we can set aside our fears and worries and allow ourselves to rest in the consoling presence of God. The disciples were seasoned fishermen, so their apparent lack of preparedness is surprising but once the storm was raging it was out of their control. Covid-19 is something that we have not been able to control. It has revealed our fragility and vulnerability as human beings. Here we are, all in the same boat, tossed and thrown about. In our Gospel, Jesus does eventually rebuke the storm and the calm waters return. When he asks the disciples, 'Where is your faith?' he is asking us the same question. If we have faith, we know that God will not abandon us, that above the seemingly never-ending dark clouds, the sky is blue. This storm will pass. Let us continue to put our faith in God and learn from Him what he is trying to teach us.
Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings is cancelled until further notice.
In the current climate you may find you had hoped to go to University or enter into work, but as a result of Covid-19, this may not be possible for a number of reasons. You may now wish to take a year out before entering work or University, or you may wish to re-sit certain exams. HomeGrown stream might benefit you because it has the flexibility to allow young people to stay plugged into our community while accessing quality training from Youth for Christ. If you are interested, please contact Fr David Mills via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important that on admission to hospital, a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made. As of September 2018, Gloucester NHS no longer employ a catholic chaplain in an emergency. Please ask the nusing staff to contact the Chaplaincy Office at the hospital (or ring 03004 222222 and ask for the Catholic Chaplain). At this time ALL requests for visits within the hospital must go through the Chaplaincy office or the switchboard at the hospital (PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 protocols at the hospital, still do not allow priest to go into the hospital, if they are contacted directly). Thank you.
For those who are housebound or find it difficult to get to daily/Sunday Mass; there are a number of Masses daily on the website www.churchservices.tv as well as on EWTN television which is Channel 589 on Sky. The EWTN Mass is usually at 8.00am, 1pm and 6pm.
You can also find streamed Masses via the internet on the following sites:
www.cliftondiocese.com (Mass from the cathedral)
https://mass-online.org (masses timed throughout the day)
During Streamed Masses, or indeed during times of prayer, especially in front of the Blessed Sacrament, you can make an act of Spiritual
Communion whereby though not physically receiving Holy Communion you can nevertheless participate in the Eucharist. The following prayer is ideal
for this purpose:
Prayer for use for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul, so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
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