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UPDATE August 31st 2020
Since 20th March 2020, our Church, like all other churches throughout the country, has remained closed for public worship. We have not been able to celebrate Mass with our parish congregation, nor have we been allowed to celebrate Baptisms or Weddings in Church and this has caused tremendous sadness to everyone involved, especially those who were about to celebrate such wonderful occasions. We can only imagine how disappointed they must feel and we keep them in our prayers. It has also been very difficult for those who lost a loved relative or friend and who were not able to mark the death with a Church Funeral Service or Requiem Mass.
We took the opportunity here at St Robert’s in Morpeth, to have some work completed in Church, while no one was around and we are glad to say this is all now complete. The Church has been fully decorated and with a little extra work that was carried out, as well as a wonderful clean by some of our parishioners, our church now looks wonderful, clean and is a great joy to be in. Hopefully you will be able to see it soon. There is further work to be carried out in January when our Church Organ is to be fully refurbished, but thankfully that is still a few months away.
We are still not able to open our Church all day, as were were pre-Coronavirus. There were many people who visited St Robert’s Church at various times of the day and it was a great little oasis for prayer.
But we are pleased to announce that we will open for Mass from September 15th. Full details of how this will work will be posted here shortly. There will be some differences. We will only have 36 spaces available at Mass, there will be a booking system to reserve your seat for Mass and face masks will have to be worn as per Government instructions for all places of worship.
If you have any symptoms of the virus you should not attend, nor should you come to Mass if you are in the “extremely vulnerable” category of people that are identified by the UK Government
Keep checking back here or on our Facebook page for further details.
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The Diocese has issued its latest version of the Handbook for the re-opening of Churches … Coronavirus – Handbook for the re-opening of churches v7
Latest issue of the Generic Diocesan Risk Assessment Coronavirus Generic Risk Assessment – Return of congregations to church v11
Latest updated guidance on the Celebration of Mass …. V10 … 2020.08.03 – Guidance for Acts of Worship – Mass – Revision 10
The Bishop’s Conference Guidelines can be found at their website http://www.cbcew.org.uk and we have included here the latest guidance notes for the celebration of Mass.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PRAYER AT HOME
Our Diocesan Website has links to many resources … http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/index.php
Shalom World Media has some very good programmes, live steaming and recordings. They have an App for iOS and their website is www.shalomworld.org They also have a very good YouTube channel
Faith in Isolation – https://www.faithinisolation.com/
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These online resources are offered to help people live through the coronavirus pandemic. Their special quality is that they don’t come from theories; they all come from those with experience of social distancing or isolation, people who have lived this reality either intentionally like monks and nuns or against their will like hostages or the housebound. This is a new and difficult journey for most people but experienced guides give us hope along the way.
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The Vatican You Tube Channel is here. This will be broadcasting live from St Peters Basilica throughout Holy Week and Easter with the Holy Father Pope Francis presiding at the Masses and Services https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA/videos
Our Sunday Visitor is an American website that gives many resources for prayer and news about the Church https://www.osvnews.com/
The Wednesday Word website http://wednesdayword.org/ has various online resources for parishes, individuals and young people, to help reflect on the Sunday Readings.
Live Masses are also streamed via these websites
Westminster Cathedral recently joined the Churches that stream on churchserices.tv Just click the link above to scroll through the list of Churches to find.
The Walsingham website, https://www.walsingham.org.uk/ , the National Shrine of Our Blessed Lady for England, streams Daily Mass as well as having other links available on their site
The Shrine of Our Lady at Knock in Ireland is live streaming Masses and Services. Their website also has some very good Prayers for Holy Week … www.knockshrine.ie
The Salesians of St John Bosco has provided this website for when people cant get to church http://www.salesians.org.uk/news-articles/featured-news/when-i-can-t-get-to-church.html
The Redemptorists are live streaming Mass on this link www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online
St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne will be streaming Mass every day during the suspension of public Masses … www.youtube.com/cha…/UC12EvW0Eqg-cFTh5i2y_EQw/videos and Mass will also be streamed live from St Mary’s Church, Hexham at 10am on a Sunday www.stmaryshexham.org.uk
Mass and The Rosary is streamed live from The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on this link www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes/ and the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima has online transmissions on this link www.fatima.pt/en/pages/online-transmissions
The “Univeraslis” website universalis.com gives access to the daily readings for Mass as well as other Offices of the Church. It also offers for sale via the App Store for both ios and Android operating systems, the Universalis App which gives wonderful access to Mass texts and the full Divine Office of the Church as well as other devotions.