COVID 19 - Sacraments

On suspending all Public Masses and Services, the Bishop's Conference provided advice as to the effect on the Sacraments. The full advice is available on the Archdiocesan website click here  - This has now been overtaken by events

Father Tim summarised the main points for the Newsletter of 22nd March. He has now updated this summary following the Prime ministers statement of the 23rd March

Please note that the Church is closed until further notice

BEING FAITHFUL TO ALL THE DIRECTIVES

  • FUNERALS

Funerals will take place either at the cemetery or the crematorium 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

  • WEDDINGS:

We have discussed the situation with those who have booked weddings during this coming year. (There will be no weddings during the current crisis)

  • BAPTISMS:

Baptisms are suspended until further notice.

  • EASTER DUTY:

I have been asked the question about how we fulfil the Easter Duty this year. 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 

One of St Alphonsus Spiritual Communion prayers :

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.

  • 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

MINISTERS OF COMMUNION

PLEASE NOTE: Ministers of communion ARE NOT to continue with their regular rounds. 

would encourage you 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.

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