Other news Items not in the Bulletin.
There are a number of new sections on the website, which you can access via the blue boxes on the home page or via the drop down menu.
Additional prayers and prayer resources have been added this week, including a modified Novena Prayer to OLPS, which includes petitions related to the Coronavirus crisis. Here is a link to that prayer click here
VIDEO MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS
CORONAVIRUS & PLENARY INDULGENCES
Last week the Apostolic Penitentiary issued information about the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence at this time of the Covid-19 crisis. This can be found by clicking here.
WHAT IS A PLENARY INDULGENCE?
CARDINAL NICHOLS 'CLOSING THE CHURCHES IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
A MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM
LIVERPOOL CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT HOTLINE
A Coronavirus Support helpline 0151 233 3066—has been set up for anyone who feels they need support if they're alone or go to https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/coronavirus-hotlines-set-up-to-mobilise-community-army
A second hotline 0151 233 3068 has been made available for those who wish to volunteer to help deliver medicine, help out in the foodbanks etc.
Both hotlines will be manned from 8am to 6pm
People can also sign up online via Liverpool City Council’s website www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
FREE ACCESS TO MAGNIFICAT ON LINE
Magnificat have responded to there being no public Masses for an indefinite period and the need for many to self isolate.
To help they are offering free access to Magnificat online (log in at www.magnificat.com/free)
For anyone who would like the Print Edition they are offering a one off off 4-month subscription to Magnificat and/or a 3-month subscription to The Catholic Herald at substantially discounted and prices.
Magnificat 4 months April to July (including the Holy Week special issue) for £14
Catholic Herald 3 months (13 weeks) for £25
Both Catholic Herald and Magnificat (as above) £36
The print options can only be ordered by telephoning Margaret on 020 7448 3607 or Paul on 020 7448 3618 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Orders will need to be placed before Easter:
"we do expect that many people will still go to Church for personal prayer, we do hope that these special concessions will help people who cannot get there, and also those who want to follow the Masses, prayers, readings, etc. feel that they can still share in the life of the Church."
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY TO THE ROYAL AND BROADGREEN HOSPITALS
The Catholic Chaplaincy is proud to have 50 dedicated volunteers who usually visit Catholic patients on the wards, offering them a friendly face, a listening ear, and any pastoral, spiritual, emotional and religious support they require. This is an invaluable service for any patients who may be feeling low, anxious, facing difficult decisions, or those who are just really missing Church. We offer these patients a chat, prayer, Holy Communion or opportunity to see a priest.
Due to the current situation we are no longer allowed to send our volunteers on to the wards. Most of our volunteers are over 70 and their safety, and the safety of our patients, is our priority.
However, the chaplaincy staff – Fr Stephen Lee, Natasha Pritchard and Liam Redmond – will be on hand every day to visit any patients on request. We won’t be visiting the wards without a request so please do call us if you need us! Please call us if you are (or a relative or friend is) a patient (religious or not) who is low, anxious, lonely, has no visitors, dying, or in need of a friendly face, Holy Communion or a priest.
Emergency on call priests will be working as normal during this time.
Non-emergency visits: call 0151 706 2828. Leave a message with patient’s name and ward in case we are out visiting someone else when you call.
Emergency: same as usual – call switchboard from the ward and ask to speak to the emergency on call Catholic priest.
Finally, please pray for us and all of our hospital staff!
Fr Stephen, Natasha and Liam
Policy statement from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net - contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at
RESPONDING TO THE SYNOD PROCESS
You will recall that last autumn we launched an initiative by Fr Michael Henesy to try and engage those who do not come to church to share their insights with us, thereby making a unique contribution to the Synod process of consultation. Father Michael has presented the results in a report that has been forwarded to the Synod Office.
If you would like a copy of Fr Michael's report please click here
LENTEN RESOURCES FROM CAFOD
CAFOD are hoping that you will follow a prayer journey with then this Lent using their Lenten prayer calendar (visit - https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-Calendar). They have also created prayer resources for children at https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Lent and for Young people at https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Secondary-and-youth-resources/Lent
THE HERBERT PROTOCOL
The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in.
It is particularly useful for people caring for someone living with dementia.
Keeping a completed form reduces the worry of trying to remember the information when someone goes missing.
To learn more about the Herbert Protocol, and to download a form to fill in visit
PAPAL PRAYER INTENTION FOR MARCH
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
A Reflection from Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) for this Sunday
.Fifth Sunday of Lent (Ezekiel 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45)
The Lord will lead us back together
Ezekiel’s words apply to us when we are going through tough times in our relationship, when intimacy, physical or otherwise, seems impossible. At such times, Jesus weeps for us as He did for Lazarus. He will bring us back together if we ask Him and are willing to be vulnerable enough to explore together the changes we need to make.