Full Closure of Catholic Churches
Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on Monday 23rd March, strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.
Live Streaming of daily Mass via facebook – link
Mass is being streamed to the parish Facebook page: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Coventry. Since our daily Mass time is usually 9.00am I am going to say Mass every day at 9.00am and the Live Stream should become active about 8.50am.
Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass being offered. You can make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying the following prayer:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.”
This weeks newsletter: 3rd May
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To help us to grow and deepen our faith in these unusual times, I would like to draw your attention to a number of resources:
- Awaiting the Dawn. Each day, throughout Lent, we will be sharing a video with the daily readings from Mass, spiritual guidance from a priest and an act of spiritual communion: https://www.lentinisolation.com/
- And for a Sunday sermon Torch provides a new Catholic homily each week written specially by Dominican friars: https://www.torch.op.org/
- It’s important not to lose the importance of spending time with the God who loves us. We can use that time not only to pray, but to learn more about our faith. Bishop Robert Barron’s YouTube channel is full of Catholic teaching: https://www.youtube.com/user/wordonfirevideo/
My friends, we are united with the Church throughout the world, we are united with the Communion of Saints in heaven, we are united with those who have died, now caught up in God’s love and still journeying towards the fulness of heavenly glory. We are the Body of Christ and we can never be alone, for Christ Himself has made his home in us.
And as St Paul wrote to the Church in Rome:
“With God on our side who can be against us?..Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life..nothing that exists, nothing still to come, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-35.37-39)
If you know of anyone who is stuck at home and needs food to be delivered to them, please let me know. Together we can care for others.
I’m only a phone call or an email away, and so are you!
May God bless you all,
Fr Tony Norton, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart.