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Covid rules apply to all Public Masses, including face covering (unless exempt), hand sanitising and social distancing. If the reduced capacity is reached, further attendees will not be able to enter the Church. Telephone pastoral visits are available. There are no private prayer sessions in the Church.
Latest Update from Northampton Diocese
Open churches vital for resilience during lockdown, says Cardinal
With the announcement of a new lockdown for England to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said:
“The regular practice of our faith in God is a well-established source of both personal resilience and dedicated service to those in need. Such resilience and enduring service are vital in these difficult circumstances.
“I am glad that no measures have been introduced that would obstruct or curtail this essential source of energy for the common good. Catholic parishes will continue to serve the needs of their local community.
“In one parish, for example, the provision of food for the needy has increased by 400% since March last year.”
The latest lockdown restrictions come into force on 5 January 2021.
Pastoral Message from Bishop David for the 3rd National Lockdown
Bishop David has released a pastoral message for the 3rd national lockdown. Bishop David was ordained just two days before the first national lockdown and, therefore knows only to well the challenges of being in isolation away from family and friends. He has observed this latest lockdown at his residence in Northampton with his priest secretary, Fr James Evans.
In his message, Bishop David encourages us to find refuge and shelter in the Word of God and Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
In terms of Communal Worship and Life Events, the following guidance is provided:
You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.
You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.
Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.
Whilst we are not able to come together to celebrate Mass at this time, the Church still needs funds to enable us to continue to pay our bills, keep the church running and open, so please continue to support the church financially.
You can continue your weekly collection contributions in 3 different ways.
1. Send us a cheque made out to 'Our Lady Help of Christians', and post it to 52 Castle Street, Luton, Beds LU1 3AG
2. We would like to encourage those parishioners who do not currently give by Standing Order to donate online. This can be done via the Diocesan website which can be found at Northampton Diocese Virgin Money Giving Please ensure the parish name and area i.e. Our Ladys, Luton that the donation is intended for is indicated in the notes section of the donate page.
3. You can print off and complete the Gift Aid and Standing Order Form and return it to the Parish Office here. Please send both pages back to the Parish Office. Do not send it to your Bank. Gift Aid and Standing Order Form
As the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic begins to affect all countries throughout the world, and the Government introduces new advice for social distancing and self isolation, we want to offer a resource for spiritual guidance to those who are unable to attend Mass, and those who would like to pray for the current situation, and offer a platform where we can share current news with our parishioners.
Pope Francis reminded us this week that, in a time such as this, if we profess genuine sorrow for our sins to God, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness and accompanied by a firm resolution to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as is possible, then we will obtain forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf CCC, no. 1452)
Below are links to live streamed Masses
Northampton Cathedral Live Streaming Times - Sat 6pm, Sun 8.25am, 10.55am 5.15pm. Please check Northampton website for updates
Walsingham Live Streaming Time - 12pm Daily. Please check Walsingham website for updates
Prayers for Mass
Prayer to your Guardian Angel to help you prepare for Mass
O Holy Angel at my side,
Go to Church for me,
Kneel in my place, at Holy Mass,
Where I desire to be.
At Offertory, in my stead,
Take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice,
Upon the Altar Throne
At Holy Consecration's bell,
Adore with Seraph's love,
My Jesus hidden in the Host,
Come down from Heaven above.
Then pray for those I dearly love,
And those who cause me grief,
That Jesus' Blood may cleanse all hearts,
And suff'ring souls relieve.
And when the Priest Communion takes,
Oh, bring my Lord to me.
That His sweet Heart may rest on mine,
And I His temple be
Pray that this Sacrifice Divine,
May mankind's sins efface;
Then bring me Jesus' blessing home,
The pledge of every grace. Amen
Prayer for Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this 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. Amen.
Vatican Grants Emergency Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Church is responding to the problems we all face as a result of this pandemic with great seriousness and generosity. The Holy Father is throwing wide open the doors of the Church's storehouses of grace for the faithful, making it as easy as possible for all of us to be assured of the graces we need to speed the sick and the dying through Purgatory, and to be assured of the graces needed for salvation at the moment of our deaths.
Spread the news of the these special graces to every Catholic on the front lines of facing this disease.
Crucial concession to us all, in case we can't receive the Anointing of the Sick during this period of pandemic and quarantine:
"The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12)."
Jesus told St. Faustina of a number of ways to help people make sure that their final destination is Heaven.
Jesus made extraordinary promises for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet:
At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son
(Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 811).
… "when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Saviour" (Diary, 1541).
Below are various prayers that can be said during the Coronavirus Outbreak for those in authority, those affected, for health staff, for spiritual communion, and for self isolation.
Guidelines from Bishops of England and Wales during Coronavirus
Below you can find out what action the Bishops of England and Wales have advised.