Sacraments and Pastoral Care
On suspending all Public Masses and Services, the Bishop's Conference provided advice as to the effect on the Sacraments. If you cannot find the answer to your question below please take a look athe advice published via the Archdiocesan website click here.
As of the evening of the 23rd March 2020 the Church is closed till further notice. There will be no weddings or baptisms for the forseeable future
Cardinal Nichols video below explains whty this is the right thing to do.
CAN I WATCH MASS ONLINE?
There are a number of opportunities to either pray along with a live Mass, or a recording?
Fr Tim will be recording Mass on Saturday afternoons. The Mass will then be uploaded to the Parish youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC09MHzKt9GXcnyBYZE15WpQ
Sundays at 9am at facebook.com/liverpoolmetrocathedral
MASSES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE
A list of those churches streaming Mass live can be found at http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/mass-live-stream.html
|Redemptorist Houses||Live unless stated otherwise|
The Rosary will be streamed
at 8pm each evening
This will be a pre-recorded Mass
|St Mary's Clapham||
Mass will be streamed daily with
Novena and Benediction on Saturdays
The Basilica Livestream will have a series of services throughout the day. (watch the video below to learn more)
HOW WILL THE CRISIS AFFECT FUNERALS?
Funerals will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium, however, numbers kept to an absolute minimum.
We will be able privately to celebrate a Requiem Mass for the family if this is requested, but a memorial Mass with family and friends will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.
The Archdiocese has produced a prayer resource for those who cannot attend funerals. Click here
I HAVE BOOKED A WEDDING - WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
The Church is closed, there will be no weddings until the crisis has lifted.
All those who have booked weddings have now been contacted.
WHAT ABOUT ANOINTING OF THE SICK
For those who are self-isolating phone support can be offered.
Otherwise we will be able to anoint those who are sick, but Holy Communion may be taken only to those who are in danger of death.
Fr Charles has summarised the recent comments of the Pope on Last Rites and Absolution. You can find this summary by clicking here
CAN I RECEIVE COMMUNION AT HOME?
Holy Communion may be taken only to those who are in danger of death. Ministers of Holy Communion will not be making their usual rounds.
WHAT ABOUT THE EASTER DUTY:
Fr Tim has been asked how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. This is his response
The Easter Duty is to receive Holy Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Many of you have already done this.
Strictly speaking we are only required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation if we are conscious of being completely at variance with Our Lord (traditionally called mortal sin). My own advice would be that you should regularly make good acts of contrition and make a Spiritual Communion.
A Spiritial Communion Prayer from St Alphonsus : My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to possess you within my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you.
I'm a Minister of Communion - can I still continue with my rounds ?
Ministers of communion ARE NOT to continue with their regular rounds. It would be good to keep in touch with those who are housebound and explain that everyone is called upon to make a spiritual communion while this crisis lasts.
The Achdiocese has produces a prayer resource that ministers may find useful to use during a phone call. Click here to access it.
Giving During Lockdown
Many families will be struggling financially during these difficult times and there is no expectation whatsoever for you to sign up to any of the myriad of options that are available. However, for those who wish to do so please click here to explore the available options.