Live streaming of Mass
Please click on the links below, which will show you which parishes are live streaming and when their Mass times are:
Masses in Warwickshire
Masses in the West Midlands, including Coventry
Masses in Oxfordshire MCN Media
Masses in Oxfordshire Church Services.tv
The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham is live-streaming all Masses.
Others that we know of :
St Joseph's Whitnash
St. Elizabeth's Coventry
with Stations of the Cross each Friday at 6pm
All Souls Coventry has recently started to broadcast daily Mass at 9:30am using YouTube channel: Mass from All Souls. The text of An Act of Spiritual Communion is available here
Make an Act of Spiritual Communion – This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass being offered. You can make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying the following prayer:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.”
Coronavirus Situation/ResourcesHere is a link to the Catholic Bishops Conference website.
Practice: Lamentation for a Time of Crisis
Intelligently responding to the Coronavirus demands that we access resources of physical, emotional and spiritual resilience. One practice Christianity has developed to nurture resilience is lamentation. Prayers of lamentation arise in us when we sit and speak out to God and one another—stunned, sad, and silenced by the tragedy and absurdity of human events. . . Without this we do not suffer the necessary pain of this world, the necessary sadness of being human.
Walter Brueggemann, my favourite Scripture teacher, points out that even though about one third of the Psalms are psalms of “lament,” these have been the least used by Catholic and Protestant liturgies. We think they make us appear weak, helpless, and vulnerable, or show a lack of faith. So we quickly resort to praise and thanksgiving. We forget that Jesus called weeping a “blessed” state (Matthew 5:5) and that only one book of the Bible is named after an emotion: Jeremiah’s book of “Lamentation.”
In today's practice, Reverend Aaron Graham reflects on the elements found in prayers of lament. I hope that you will find in his words and in the text of Psalm 22 a way to voice your own complaints, requests, and trust in God, who is always waiting to hear.
We need to be reminded that our cries are not too much for God. [God] laments with us. In fact, [God] wants us to come to the [Divine Presence] in our anger, in our fear, in our loneliness, in our hurt, and in our confusion.
Each lamenting Psalm has a structure;
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame (Psalm 22:1-5).
At Pax Christi, we are committed to nonviolence and we accept Pope Francis’ challenge to ‘set aside every act of violence in thought, word and deed, whether against our neighbours or against God’s creation.’
Electronic copies of the booklet and resources are here
Clingfilmed coconuts? Shrink-wrapped turnips? Cauliflower 'steaks' in plastic bags?
Many of us have experienced the frustration of unpacking our weekly shop and finding we're filling our fridges, rubbish bins and recycling with pointless plastic - and it's no surprise when supermarkets are producing 800,000 tonnes of plastic a year!
Enough is enough. Will you help expose supermarkets' ridiculous packaging practices?
1. Next time you spot some excessive plastic packaging, take a photo.
2. If you use Twitter, tweet the photo using #PointlessPlastic (don't forget to tag the supermarket too!)
3. If you don't use Twitter, you can either post it on another social media channel (like Facebook or Instagram) or alternatively email your picture to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it for you!
Some people are concerned that plastic is necessary to reduce food waste - but a new study has shown that in some cases it might actually be making the problem worse.
When plastic packaging requires food to be a specific size or shape, edible food is rejected because it doesn't look the right way.
And whilst some people need pre-prepared fruit and vegetables because of mobility issues, no one needs them to be provided in plastic.
If hundreds of us share these pictures of pointless plastic packaging online, together we can show supermarkets that their use of plastic is out of control, and that their customers have had enough.
'Unwrapped: How throwaway plastic is failing to solve Europe's food waste problem (and what we need to do instead)'
Link to Green Peace video clip on reusable energy
Brushstrokes Community Project
Strengthening and supporting refugees and migrants across Sandwell, West Birmingham and beyond
News Letter - February 2020
Phone: 0121 565 2234
Archbishop Nichols' "No To Racism...."
Catholic Association for Racial Justice "Supporting One Another"
To Keep a True Lent
Is this a fast, to keep
The larder lean?
From fat of veals and sheep ?
Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, yet still
The platter high with fish ?
Is it to fast an hour,
Or ragg’d to go,
A downcast look and sour ?
No ; ‘tis a fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat,
Unto the hungry soul.
It is to fast from strife,
From old debate
And hate ;
To circumcise thy life.
To show a heart grief-rent ;
To starve thy sin,
Not bin ;
And that’s to keep thy Lent.
Robert Herrick 1648
The April 2020 edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin looks at the many changes we are having to make to our daily lives and the way we worship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Poems and reflections help us to adapt to what Cardinal Vincent Nichols calls an strange, strange Sunday’, the first of many for the foreseeable future. Let’s use this enforced solitude well to reflect on all that is good, to slow down our busy lives and take stock. Let’s celebrate the many acts of kindness from friends, family and strangers in our communities.
Central America also features this month as well as the results of the Columban’s ‘Throwaway Culture’ competition for young writers and film makers. There are book reviews and a song for St Patrick’s Day to lift our spirits.
Please read and pass on and do take good care in these difficult times.
The Lent resources can be downloaded at:
https://jpshrewsbury.wordpress.com/resources - follow the links.
Restore's vision is for a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated.
New ways of working: How the world has changed since we last sent a mailing to all our supporters on 13 February! Already this week, we've sent two emails to volunteer befrienders with advice about befriending as the situation and Government advice and decisions are changing rapidly.
Relationships are at the heart of Restore's work. So social distancing is very hard for us. However, we need to take steps to reduce risk to all. In light of Government advice, the Restore staff are currently not meeting refugees face-to-face. We are also postponing group activities and meetings for the foreseeable future. Restore staff have moved to working from home. (We know that many other refugee support organisations are also changing working routines) Befrienders have been strongly discouraged from face-to-face meetings with their befriendees.
BUT...….. We are actively exploring ways of maintaining contact with refugees and asylum seekers and Restore staff will remain contactable by phone and email. We will still work to minimise social isolation.
We aim to keep in contact with refugees and asylum seekers via phone, WhatsApp and text. Please keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and our website where we aim to post information that can be shared with refugees and asylum seekers. For example, NHS advice on Coronavirus: Covid-19 translated into other languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish Sorani and French, by Doctors of the World. We also want to post ideas of things people can do whilst socially distanced and photos of happier times. We need to share hope as well as news and information: hope that we will be able to meet again face-to-face, that we will get through this together.
More ideas: If you have stories of creative ways of maintaining contact then please let us know so we can share them with others.
For those who pray: Churches Together in England have called a National Day of Prayer on Sunday 22 March 2020 to pray for the world and our nation as we face this pandemic. We know that many refugees and asylum seekers, supporters and volunteers are people of faith, so we are passing on details circulated by Birmingham Churches Together, so you can participate.
Light a candle or make an everlasting candle: Candles are symbols of hope and prayer. We are encouraged to light a candle on 22nd March at 7pm and place it in our windows. We've devised a simple craft activity that can be shared with children (and others who don't want to set fire to their curtains!) All you need is a toilet roll tube (and we realise they may be difficult to come by these days!) or any other cardboard tube, paper, sellotape and felt pens. Jeremy fulfils his life-long ambition to (almost) be a Blue Peter presenter in the following video. (Made with assistance from an 11 year-old camera person and editor - apologies for wobbles or slight blurring) If you or your befriendee's children make a candle, please share a photo and tag Restore on Facebook or send it to us via email.
Thank you for all you are doing to support refugees and asylum seekers in these very challenging times.
with best wishes,
Jeremy, Rachel, Andy and Geraldine
Restore Staff Team
Lancaster Diocesan Faith and Justice Commission March 2020
Dear Friends I have attached a copy of the March F&J E-Bulletin.
I hope you will be able to take the time to read and share the newsletter.
The newsletter can be downloaded as a pdf at https://tinyurl.com/v9jkugh
Reports, newsletters and posters mentioned in this issue and previous newsletters are also available at http://www.lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk/newsletter/
Peace & best wishes
Administrator Lancaster Diocesan Faith& Justice Commission
St Bernadette’s Parish House, Bowerham Road Lancaster LA1 4HT
E: email@example.com Office T: 07885809935 M:07864012385
You may have heard that Traidcraft will finish trading at the end of the year and that may have frightened you to death. How can we continue to run our Traidcraft Stall or get supplies?
The information we have received from Traidcraft is that, although details are not yet available, we WILL be able to continue to get supplies, although the set-up will be different. However, the new arrangements in 2019 will take time to put in place, so we think it would be wise to stock up before the end of the year.
If you want any further information, you can phone their Customer Services on 0191 491 0855.
"Our Common Home: Caring for God's Creation" an example of a Study Course for Lent that you may find interesting.
The Birmingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission is funded by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and is a member of the Caritas - Archdiocese of Birmingham Network