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.
|Date||Mass||Rosary||Adoration & Catechesis|
|31st May||10am||1pm (National Rosary Rally)||Catechesis on The Four Evangelists available after Mass|
Mary, Mother of the Church; memorial
Weekday; Week 9 of Ordinary Time
St Charles Lwanga & Comp.; memorial
|3rd June||10am||6pm||Adoration during the 6pm rosary|
Our Lord Jesus Christ, High Priest; feast
St Boniface; memorial
|7th June||10am||-||Catechesis available after Mass|
We find ourselves continuing to navigate our way though this most strange and unique position of building up community in a new way... electronically and digitally. Something so central to ‘who we are’ and what makes us a community is stripped from us. The ability to come together in prayer and in faith and in support of one another is no longer possible at the moment. That simple routine that we have of our celebration of the Eucharist is no longer within ‘reach’ whilst we tackle the virus that threatens the well being of so many, of us all.
Whilst so much is closed or cancelled, it is important for us – as a community – to appreciate that we can still journey through this Easter Season and encounter the presence of the Risen Christ at this particular time in our lives. We may have to find new ways of praying and keeping in touch with one another, we may have to find virtual ways to be fed and nourished, still we can make Jesus’ journey to the cross and to the tomb our own. We find a re-newed nourishment in the Word of God, in the scriptures.
The parish also has a Facebook page and that has proved to be a useful way of keeping people together and keeping them in prayer and reflection. It is not so much about the tit bits of news and trivial; it allows us to find space in isolation to stay connected and stay together as a community of faith, albeit remotely.
I hope you can find something useful to help you at this time by way of connecting with one another through our daily livestreaming of the Mass or the Rosary. I also hope that the one or two little pieces of catechesis are also helpful and thought-provoking.
However much longer we are in isolation and for however long the church is closed, we can still be instruments of peace, of joy, of faith and love in so many ways. We are a community of hope and faith and love, and we can still be proclaimers of the Gospel even when our normal, everyday routine is upset. May God watch over each and every one of us, and remind us – always – that he is near.
God bless you.