This is a simple, prayerful way to celebrate the Eucharist albeit at a distance. We still participate in this Mass by way of the prayer and the responses we make. Make this Mass part of your own prayer. Allow the Word of God to shape and fashion you; allow that Spiritual Communion with the Lord to sustain and nourish you at this moment in our lives.
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Prayer for Spiritual Communion
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are present in the 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.
The Mass and livestream schedule can be found in the weekly bulletin
The bulletin is accessible via the home page or by clicking here.
Welcome to our website.
As we live through the second lockdown it is so important for us, once again, to stay connected and grow in our sense of community and communion, albeit digitally at the moment. It is at times like this that we must thank God for the digital tools available to us.
Whilst our church stays open - but only at particular hours - it is good to welcome people across the threshold for that chance of private and personal prayer. The website and our Facebook page will allow you to cross the threshold of the community digitally, virtually, so as to connect you with the people who use this place regularly and find their sense of peace here, too.
The website and Facebook posts are not, though, just about offering information; they are about keeping people in touch with the parish community and with one another. This unique time of COVID-19 has seen parish boundaries stretched not just across a city but across countries and it has been encouraging to hear from people across the world linked up to St John’s still. As it has been good to welcome so many back to Mass over the last couple of months, it will be good to be connected to you via our livestream each day for the next few weeks.
Much is still on hold but that doesn’t stop us from being a people of prayer and a people of hope and charity. Now, as we venture into these winter months it is so important that we look out for one another. Here is the gospel in action and here is our discipleship being lived out in simple, uncomplicated and practical ways. We can care for the neighbour we know and the neighbour we do not know. Now it is more important that ever to care for one another and support one another, too. Hopefully as we continue to emerge from our period of lockdown those relationships that have been built up will witness a continuation of reaching out to others. Many will continue to feel isolated and cut off, alone and afraid. The warmth of human compassion and kindness is what needs to shine through these dark and dreary weeks of lockdown.
I hope you can find something useful to help you by way of connecting with one another through our daily livestreaming of the Mass or the those times of Adoration.
Do come and visit. You’ll find the opening times of the church on the weekly newsletter and whilst they may be limited, the Church does offer you chance to come into the presence of God and know that he is near. As things change week by week nationally, you’ll find we are open to enable you to find something of God’s peace and presence in this beautiful place. If you are in town and can pop into church then I look forward to bumping into you sometime soon.
May God watch over each and every one of us, and remind us – always – that he is near.