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Urbi et Orbi – a special Papal blessing
In the light of the current crisis, Pope Francis gave an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” blessing at 17:00 UK time on Friday 27th March. Cardinal Nichols invited us to participate.
The Lord be with you!
I’m glad you are able to keep up with Parish life via our website. It’s good to stay in touch, so please do encourage others you are in contact with to use the website.
With all our churches now shut due to the Coronavirus we have to be inventive in the way we keep up with our faith life.
You can live-stream mass from the cathedral (Event calendar and YouTube channel), St Gregory’s, Chorley (link), or St Anne & St Bernard, Liverpool (link), or you can see the Pope’s daily mass and also some other prayers and audiences (link). And on other websites (churchservices.tv) there is the opportunity to share in the Divine Office, Novenas, Stations and the Rosary as well as mass around the world.
You can also access the daily and Sunday masses that I am celebrating within the Parish (link). These will be posted each morning by Tony Webster for you to join in.
And in the coming days I hope to celebrate with you the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary, again via this website. Please do keep in touch through e mail so we can share our prayers for those in particular need. And I will continue to publish a newsletter which will include all your mass intentions.
We are challenged in a new way to understand exactly how we can be Church in these difficult circumstances. It is our prayer for, and support of each other that is so vital to lift one another’s spirits and strengthen the bonds of love and faith that give purpose and meaning to our daily lives.
May God continue to be with you in your daily living and loving.
Fr Gordon Abbs
Feast of the Annunciation.
A number of people have asked if I could display The prayer for Spiritual Communion, since we are all so very much aware that the sacrament we celebrate on line is one that is currently denied to us.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
I have asked a number of people if they would find it useful having a prayerboard on the front page. Whilst we are all in need at the moment, there are some with particular needs whom we can pray for. I have asked their permission and invited them to not just post names but also where possible details of people’s illness so that our prayers can be focussed. So many of us feel helpless at the moment, but as Christians we know we can do one thing: pray that God’s healing hand can touch our lives and those in most need. Do please send me names and, where appropriate details of people we can pray for.
Please Pray for:
Celia Redmond (sister of Pat Marsh) currently on a ventilator in Critical Care at Whiston Hospital and has Pneumonia.
Lily Kennedy (daughter of Shaun Kennedy and Katie Gaskell) suffering from 22 Chromosome Duplication.
Margaret Kirkham whose chemotherapy hasn’t worked so will now receive radiotherapy.
Ken Morris (Linda’s husband) receiving treatment for prostate cancer and lymphoma.
Annabelle Storey, a baby with a compromised immune system who is now being treated for suspected C19.
And may God grant eternal rest to Steve Coates who has just passed away from C19.