Welcome to St Peter's
See newsletter HERE for when masses are celebrated in the Parish.
Message about the coronavirus from Archbishop Bernard Longley:
can be watched HERE
As a sad but necessary consequence we must, from this morning (24/03) , ensure that the doors of all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese are closed to the public and that they remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted. In this way we shall continue to play our part within every parish in fighting the Coronavirus and to show our solidarity with all those who are striving to overcome the current pandemic.
In the meantime it will still be a great consolation to your parishioners to know that Mass is being celebrated daily in their local church and that they are spiritually united with the celebrant and with one another as beneficiaries of the Sacrifice of Christ.
The Prime Minister also stated that all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals (with restrictions), must henceforth cease.
Please remember that Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome). Please take good care of yourselves so that you are able to care for others. Archbishop Bernard Longley
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.
However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.
Cardinal Vincent Nicholls
Read full letter HERE
Read liturgical advice HERE
The Bishops of England and Wales have issued advice on what we should do in our Churches. These are the measures we are implementing. Check the Government website for up to date information HERE.
1*. Suspension of all non-essential meetings including Parish Groups such as Union of Catholic Mothers, Brownies, Parent and Toddler Group as well as other meetings such as First Reconciliation and Prayer Groups, Choir meetings. All Parish Centre bookings birthday parties, annual meetings temporarily suspended.
2*. Ecumenical Lent Lunches cancelled.
3*. The advice for all over 70's and anyone with underlying health problems is to self-isolate.
4.* Masses is school served by St. Peter's have been suspended.
1. Suspension of Communion under both kinds
2. Suspension of physical sign of peace (we can still say ‘Peace be with you to each other’)
3. Emptying of Holy Water Stoops
4. Suspension of public physical veneration of relics
5. Suspension of the use of shared hymn books (the choir can still sing since they have their own hymn books).
6. Sanitisation of hands
7. Publication of NHS ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ flyers to remind people of good hygiene
8. If anyone has a new persistent cough or fever to first refrain from public gatherings (like going to Church) and call 111 and seek advice. 9. No pastoral home visits unless necessary (due to vulnerability of people)
10. The collection plate will not be passed to each person but will be held by the warden. 2nd collections will be retiring collections.
11. Our Thursday Bible Study Group is to be suspended for the near future.
12. Postponement of all events where there is shared use of utensils/cutlery—this includes our after mass refreshments. Therefore the Quiz Night is postponed. The tickets are transferrable to the future date or can be refunded on request.
last bulletin update of 14/05/2020
Donating to Parish during lockdown
It is appreciated that many of our parishioners may be struggling financially at this time—you know that that the Parish continues to try and help those in need (see newsletter). However, we have received enquiries from parishioners about how they can give during this period when they cannot attend Mass. There is now an online facility provided by the Diocese and can be accessed here:
Father Stephen Wang
Pause for Faith
Join Fr Stephen Wang each day as he live streams on YouTube. An informal conversation about living the Christian faith, with Catholic history and spirituality, the lives of the saints, Christian teaching, practical tips for everyday life, contemporary issues facing the Church and the world, some Q&A and interviews.
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Flowers left outside the Church doors during the Coronavirus lockdown - put next to Our Lady.
Ave Maria - Ora pro nobis.
150 Years Celebrated at Saint Peters
Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds, a former Parish Priest returned to Saint Peter's.
Jesus tells Saint Peter to feed my sheep
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