CHURCH SERVICES AND GATHERINGS.

COVID-19 AND THE NEED TO SUSPEND SERVICES AND GATHERINGS.

Of course, we all need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus by avoiding gatherings of people.

For this reason the daily public Eucharists/Holy Communions/Masses and Sunday services will be suspended until the way forward is clearer. Likewise, all other public church meetings and events and all social gatherings will also be suspended.

However, the cancellation of public services does not prevent us from opening the Scriptures and praying. We can celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in our homes by spending time in prayer and reading and reflecting on the Word of God recommended for each day. Please, see the parish’s website and newsletters for more information about suggested readings and prayers.

Arrangements are in place for those who normally make their Holy Communions at home and any further special arrangements can be made with the parish’s priests as per the guidelines. Those who need the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation should telephone one of the priests.

The Pastoral Care Team will continue to try to provide practical help for those in need and please do make requests for assistance by contacting the Vicar, or the Head Vergers or the Churchwardens.

We must all take proper precautions when ministering to each other and continue to follow all the safeguards and precautions, which will be updated periodically. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding. Let us continue to pray for each other, especially those who have succumbed to this illness. Let us pray also for those in the frontlines in the service of the sick – our doctors, our nurses and others; that the Lord will guide them and protect them and their loved ones from harm.

God give us grace to worship and build up our community in love and service. 

God bless,

Paul

Paul Chaplin

Vicar of the Stratfield Mortimer Benefice

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