CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
Mass for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love. Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.
In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join. This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm
23rd April Cardinal Vincent Nichols Westminster Cathedral
30th April Bishop Richard Moth Arundel Cathedral
7th May Bishop Marcus Stock Leeds Cathedral
14th May Bishop Robert Byrne CO Newcastle Cathedral
21st May Bishop Mark Davies Shrewsbury Cathedral
28th May Bishop Terence Drainey Middlesbrough Cathedral
By visiting the Cathedral webpage, or the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.
Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas General Secretary
16th April 2020
Pope Francis’ prayer to Mary during Coronavirus pandemic
Here is the prayer Pope Francis recited by video on March 11 for a special Mass and act of prayer asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
“O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
“We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
“You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.“
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection .Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our Pleas,
We who are put to the test
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Pray for Transformation This Lent
Most people have never prayed a prayer of transformation. Too often when we pray, we pray for tweaking. We want God to tweak this and tweak that.
Let’s be honest. We don’t necessarily want our lives transformed. Transformation may seem attractive in a moment of blissfully holy idealistic exuberance or at a moment of crisis, but the everyday reality is we like to distance ourselves from the inner work required to bring about such a transformation.
Sure, we want some tweaking, but not transformation. This desire for tweaking is selective and selfish, while transformation is total and selfless.
We pray for tweaking—and then we wonder why God doesn’t answer our prayers. The reason is simple: God is not interested in tweaking. God is in the business of transformation. He wants to turn your life upside down, which as it turns out is right side up. If you want to see something incredible, start praying for transformation. That’s a prayer God will answer.
Lenten Prayer for Transformation
I invite you into my life today
and make myself available to you.
Help me to become the-best-version-of-myself
by seeking your will and becoming a living example
of your love in the world.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change
in order for me to carry out the mission
and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith
in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish.
Make our community hungry for best practices
and continuous learning.
Give me courage when I am afraid,
hope when I am discouraged,
and clarity in times of decision.
Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church
to become all you imagined it would be
for the people of our times.
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