DUE TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES we are now able to open our church for private prayer only on
Fridays from 13th November and after 12-2pm, and all Sundays in November from 12-4pm
Parish Opening Times
In Luton and Dunstable
Latest Update from Northampton Diocese
On 4 November 2020, Parliament passed into law The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020. These are in force from 5 November to 2 December 2020. As well as the Regulations, the Government has updated its Guidance for the safe use of places of worship to reflect current circumstances. The Regulations preclude gatherings for communal worship, including the celebration of Mass, baptisms and most weddings.
Within the Diocese of Northampton, we recognise the great challenge this news will bring many people who rely on the Eucharist for sustenance. Our Bishops encourage us to make the most of those churches which remain open for private prayer.
Here is the statement made by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, President and Vice President of our Catholic Bishops Conference.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the National Lockdown
Wednesday 4th November 2020
Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until 2nd December. These Regulations prohibit the gathering of people for communal worship in churches and other religious buildings.
Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need. Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.
Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law: ‘Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity’ (Titus 3:1). We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.
It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.
At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help. We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21st November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic. And we encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need.
This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.
+ Cardinal Vincent Nichols – President
+ Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP – Vice-President
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.
PLEASE NOTE - due to the Coronavirus we are very sorry that we have had to temporarily suspend public celebration of the Mass. Reasons for this can be found via the link on the bottom of the page. There will be no weekday or Sunday Mass for public celebration until further notice.
Our church has sadly had to close its doors in accordance with Government guidelines.
Those who have Mass intentions please be assured that Fr Dariusz will still be celebrating Mass privately and offering those Masses already booked in.
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)
Sacramental Programmes - A Message from Bishop David
All these celebrations are currently delayed through the coronavirus crisis. Bishop David sends the following messages to all those waiting to receive these Sacraments.
Click Here - Letter from Bishop David
for First Holy Communion Candidates, Confirmation Candidates and Catechumens preparing for Sacramental Initiation and Candidates from other ecclesiastical communities preparing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church
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
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.