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Since 20th March 2020, our Church, like all other churches throughout the country, has remained closed for public worship. We are not able to celebrate Mass with our parish congregation, nor are we allowed to celebrate Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals in Church until we receive further guidance.
The UK Government recently gave permission for Churches to begin to open for private prayer from 15th June and our Bishop has chosen five Churches that will open as soon as possible following and fulfilling the strict guidance and procedures necessary. The list of these churches is on the diocesan website.
Here at St Robert’s in Morpeth, we are due to have some work completed in Church in the coming weeks … some shelving and radiator deflectors fitted along the inside walls of the Church and then a full internal decoration, We expect this work to begin in the middle of July and to last for at least four weeks. So it is impossible for us to think about opening St Robert’s Church until that has been completed.
In the meantime, we have to try and prepare for reopening by reading through the latest documents received re Risk Assessments and a new Diocesan Handbook prepared for the safe opening of our Churches. These documents are all accessible here. If you can, please read these documents to see what has to be done beforehand and the guidance that has to be continuously followed when we reopen. Only when a parish can comply with the information in these documents will it be allowed to reopen during this pandemic.
The diocese has produced a Handbook for the reopening of Church which is here …
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
KTO is a French Catholic TV Channel and broadcasts Mass and the Divine Office thought the day https://www.ktotv.com/ all times given are local French time
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.