by Fr. Michael Doyle
As the Coronavirus pandemic escalates in the United Kingdom, the UK government has tonight announced further measures to control the spread of the virus; among these measures is the closing of places of worship. While it heavies the heart further that we should be asked to stay away from Church, these measures are necessary for the welfare of our communities, especially the most vulnerable. As such, the doors to our churches will now close until the end of the lockdown.
Our clergy will remain available in times of need in accordance with government guidelines. They also continue to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass daily. We are grateful to a number of our churches who continue to live stream the Mass for us to join them. Stay connected by visiting https://rcadc.org/staying-connected/ as we make more resources available to you in the days and weeks ahead.
Our Bishops will be meeting in the next 24 hours and we will hear more from them. In the meantime please continue to pray like you have never prayed before. Pray especially for those affected by the COVID-19 virus. News has begun to arrive that people in our parishes are now being affected. And while we have hearts that are heavy at this time, we are called continually to trust in God’s care and mercy.
Pope Francis call us to untie in prayer on Wednesday at 11.00am UK time to join him in offering the Our Father united in prayer on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. On Friday at 5.00pm he will lead us in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament before delivering his blessing “Urbi et orbi” – “To the city and to the world”. More details of how you can join in this prayer will follow in the next 24 hours.