A People who Hope in Christ' - A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
A People who Hope in Christ A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020) The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction, our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly, large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are bereaved find comfort.
When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.
None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing, touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments. This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice 2 of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and wellbeing.’ We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling. As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is shared by so many volunteers from our communities. None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end.
There is likely to be a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until then, we are continuing to pray and prepare. We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests, our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.
On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed. In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the Sacrifice of Praise. We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our prayers and blessing Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool ✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark
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Adoration and the rosary video from the chapel at Bishop's House as we begin this period of more intense social distancing, without access to public worship. Let us pray for everyone affected by the COVID19 pandemic and all those working in healthcare or seeking to find a vaccine.
To all the Clergy of the Diocese of Nottingham
Celebration of the Sacraments and sacramentals of the Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Dear brothers in Christ,
Please note that this advice will be reviewed and developed as necessary weekly.
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, have agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from this Friday evening, 20th March 2020. Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice. Please do all you can let your parishioners know this as soon as possible, especially those who are elderly or in a vulnerable group, so that they do not feel anxious or worried about not attending Mass.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
Kairos is a Christian Mission which goes into prisons to show the transforming love of Jesus Christ to inmates. The mission is a five day programme which explains and demonstrates the Christian faith in action. Through the Bible, personal testimony and unconditional love, inmates come to understand that they can be forgiven, accepted and transformed through encountering Jesus.
Call to Holiness in Today’s World
Our Parish mission week will be from October 7th until October 10th.
Each day will start with morning Mass at 9.30 with sermon by Fr John Farrell, Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers, followed by Exposition for 30 minutes and a short Benediction followed each evening with a series of talks and meditations using Scripture and Pope Francis’ Exhortation On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, “Gaudete et Exsultate”.
We have received £80.98 in Giving Machine donations this month. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to this. If you need any more information on how to sign up to give free donations to school when you shop online, please get in touch with the school office, Mrs Archer or Mrs McGrory.
We have had our Storytelling week this week so children have been involved in lots of activities revolving around reading and writing. We also celebrated World Book day on Thursday and the children came to school dressed as their favourite book character. There were some wonderful costumes and the children had a great day.
Our gymnastics team were in action this week at the gym competition in Ashwell. They all performed brilliantly and we were very proud of them. Our KS1 team won the bronze medal for coming 3rd of 9 teams and there were also some individual medals for both the KS1 and KS2 girls too!
The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from 7th – 9th September 2018.
Cardinal Nichols wrote: "We seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society."
Did you know? Every donation you made up to 31st December 2017 was doubled thanks to three amazing donors.
Your response to Mary’s Meals appeal this Advent has been fabulous. The total amount sent is £415 which was doubled making a total of £830.
It has been sent and will feed many children with a meal at £13.90 a school year!
Maybe you could help with girls skirts aged 10-12, boys shorts or trousers aged 10 - 12 and flip flops in the coming week? We are also desperate for spoons ...used ones are fine as we have none left, if you have any to spare?
We are pleased to welcome our new families to our school and parish community and hope that they soon feel part of our family.
The new reception children have settled really well and are enjoying exploring and finding out about “marvellous me!” All our children and staff,as well as family members, celebrated Mass at St Joseph’s on Thursday 14th September with staff and our new Little Lights modelling the order of the Mass.
A huge thank you once again for your ongoing support for this charity. We received lots of pencil cases, pencils and towels this week which is much appreciated. If you have any children’s flip flops you are throwing out at the end of summer, please donate them to Mary’s Meals.
All contributions are really appreciated. Please just pop them in the box in the Church porch.
After a long 24 hours of travel, we arrived in Kota Kinabalu. We spent two days there, acclimatising and getting started on our expedition before travelling for 3 hours into Tenom to start our project work. With your generosity some of the money that has been raised went towards building an extension to the community church, which doesn't get government funding as the community are Christian.
The Senior Leadership Team and the Governors of English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, the only Catohlic Primary school in the Parish of Rutland have circulated a letter appealing for support from the Parish and the wider public. To read the letter please Click Here
The 4.30 pm Mass on Saturday 13th May will be a Confirmation Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick for some of our young parishioners and students at Oakham and Uppingham Schools. It is likely that there will be over 20 Confirmandi plus relatives – that means the Church will be very full. I hope this will not inconvenience our regular Saturday Mass congregation too much. The 11.00 am Sunday Mass that weekend on 14th May will be less crowded.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their visits from Lim and look forward to him returning again to visit later on in the year.
Fr Stephen visited the children in Years 3 and 4 on Tuesday morning and answered some of their quite challenging questions about Jesus and His life.
During the winter months if the weather is inclement ie. ice or snow please note that the 9.00 am Mass on Sundays will be held at St Joseph's Oakham Not at St Thomas' Exton - Many Thanks Fr Stephen
Stained glass windows project St. Joseph’s Church
Our windows here in the church are badly in need of an upgrade, they are old and let in lots of cold air and need replacing. When this church was built by the hard fund raising of the parish, plain windows were the best that could be afforded. They have done a good job over the years but now is the time for change. Fr Stephen set up a small committee to look into the possibilities of having some stained glass windows to replace the old ones.
A message from Magnus: "Thank you for everything you do for so many suffering children in this world. 1,500 children now receive a daily meal in Aleppo. A further 1,430 Syrian refugees are also receiving a meal thanks to your generosity. Together let us continue this journey one step at a time, one meal at a time, one child at a time. Thank you."
A huge thank you for the 25 exercise books, toothpaste and soap received this week. We can now complete 15 more backpacks for the children. Please keep it coming, especially larger shorts for the boys.
All contributions are really appreciated. Please just pop them in the box in the Church porch.
Bishop Patrick McKinney was ordained tenth Bishop of Nottingham in St Barnabas’ Cathedral on Friday 3rd July 2015.
Mgr Patrick McKinney to be ordained Bishop of Nottingham by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on July 3 2015.
CES Response to Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools
Bishop Malcolm McMahon has been appointed the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool.
Article in the Tablet 28th October 1933. Oakham of the horse-shoes has been indulging in a golden jubilee.
Letter to the Editor of the Tablet 20th Jan 1883. SIR,—Allow me to call the attention of your readers to my appeal in your columns. It is my last appeal. It is indeed most urgently needed that I should build next March at Oakham. Souls are perishing.