Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Hello to you all and I hope that you are staying safe. Who would have thought that we would be reaching the end of the fifth week of lock-down. Self isolation and social distancing, things we had never considered at the beginning of the year are now part and parcel of our daily language – but so too should prayer, for it is with good sense and God’s blessed help that we shall come through this Covid-19 crisis.
Praying alone is not easy for some brought up, as many of us were, with strict ritualistic prayer sessions and formal repeating of the same words and phrases. Some of us are used to prayer sessions that involve us responding to another person’s prompt. So solo prayer can be tough. Lucky are those who have found their way of praying, i.e. talking with God. Often, I think we try to do too much talking and maybe we could stay silent to give the Holy Spirit space to get a word in, or perhaps we could just say “Help”. The Spirit will know our needs.
Always remember St Francis’s words. “Preach and if necessary use words”. With a small change “Pray, and if necessary use words” might be an answer. Sit and look at the beauty of God’s creation around you. The sun, the trees. the rain – all those things that make our world beautiful. Or think of all the kindnesses that are going on – shopping for others, donating to Captain Tom’s charity and volunteering to help the NHS provide magnificent service etc etc May your prayers bring blessings to you and may you be kept safe and well.God go with you.
LATEST NEWS – The Vatican have released a book of Pope Francis’s prayers etc entitled “Strong in the face of Tribulation”
– to view click here
Latest News from the Diocese: click here > https://cliftondiocese.com/news/
KEEPING A LIVING PARISH – to see/read the messages from the Parishioners On-Line Community (email@example.com) – click here
NO MASS? – why not attend Mass online at …
St John the Evangelist, Bath – https://stjohnsrcbath.org.uk/index.php (daily ay 10am) click here
St Francis, Nailsea – https://www.josephfrancis.org/livestream (daily at Noon) click here
Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol – https://cliftoncathedral.org/ (daily at 9.30am) click here
b) For a wealth of resources to help you with prayer see “Beholding God” – click here
NO COMMUNION? – here is the prayer of Spiritual Communion (Prayer of St Alphonsus)
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you
now and forever. Amen.
Concerned about your easter Duties? See and/or hear Cardinal Vincent Nichols discuss our responsibilities during the Corona Virus crisis – – click here
During this time the producers of the Magnificat have kindly provided complimentary access toits online service to help people follow the Mass and pray from home. click here
To see/read today’s and future Mass readings visit Universalis – click here