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Congratulations to Bishop David Oakley upon his episcopal ordination at Northampton Cathedral on Thursday 19 March, the feast day of St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you would like to watch the recording of the ordination then it can be found by clicking on the Recordings tab found here
Sunday 29 March: The Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary. As this is a personal act, we are able to make The Rededication at home and still be united together in prayer (for more information and prayers see https://www.behold2020.com/. At 12 noon, a very small group will be joining together in Mary’s Basilica, Walsingham, to make The Rededication and this will be livestreamed from here https://www.walsingham.org.uk/ live-stream/
Confessions are not being heard until further notice. The Bishops have asked that, instead, all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition, which means true sorrow for our sins and a resolution not to sin again when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that He continually shows us. Below is a video of Pope Francis’ message in this regard.
The following is one example of such an Act of Contrition: “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.”
Mass Intentions will be offered by Fr Andy daily during a private Mass at 10am. If you would like to book a particular intention then please contact the parish office.
Baptisms are being deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely.
First Holy Communion will be postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our churches.
Confirmation will be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume public worship.
Holy Communion to the sick or housebound, whether at home or in hospital, will cease until further notice. They will, however, be kept in touch with by phone where possible.
Anointing of the Sick will take place only in emergencies.
Matrimony will be deferred until such time that people can gather in numbers safely.
Funerals will only take place at the graveside or crematorium subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium. If the family so wish, a Mass in memoriam will be celebrated at a later date when congregations are allowed to gather.