ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
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
April's Catholic Pictorial is now available on line click here
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FR DENIS MCBRIDE C.SS.R LEADS US THROUGH THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
SEVEN IDEAS FOR HOLY WEEK
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS BY ST ALPHONSUS
Led by Fr Dominic O'Toole C.Ss.R
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?
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 (Please note the volunteer helpline has been temporarily suspended, we will let you know when it is taking new volunteers)
People can also sign up online via Liverpool City Council’s website www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus
Cardinal Nichols confirms that the obligation on us to Easter duties has been removed for the year 2020 due to the Pandemic
MESSAGES FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM
ON THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND TO OUR LADY
A MESSAGE TO ALL KEY WORKERS
LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE ASSOCIATION
Sadly this year's pilgrimage to Lourdes has been postponed til 2021.
For full details click here
POPE'S APRIL PRAYER INTENTION VIDEO
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
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
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters for Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday (Isaiah 50:4-7 Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14-27, 66)
Challenged when we witness how others love
St Paul recognises the amazing humility of Jesus who accepts death on the cross out of love for God and us. We wonder and are challenged by the joy of a friend who daily visits his wife who has dementia; in his great love he feeds her, puts her to bed each evening, prays with her. Could we love like this?
On 22nd March tens of thousands of Christians across Britain united to pray as part of the National Day of Prayer and Action on Sunday 22nd March 2020, responding to the call made by Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE).
CTE are encouraging us to join together again at 7pm every Sunday evening. CTE (Churches Together England) have produced as a safer alternative, where candle flames, window sills and curtains do not mix. (Click on the image of the candle and you will access a pdf you can print off)
To read the letter explaining the initiative click here
PRAYER FOR HEALING AND RECONCILIATION
Friday the 3rd April was a day of prayer for survivors of sexual abuse
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The Redemptorists in Clapham are sharing a thought for the day on their Youtube account https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7MnePSBt96d_GtIal3Iliw (it will also be available on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarysClaphamCSsR/)
Mossley Hill Church is posting a thought for the day on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MossleyHillChurch/
SOME CROSSES ARE INVISIBLE
SING RESURRECTION (AN INITIATIVE FROM CHURCHES TOGETHER)
ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL FLASH MOB FOR
PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY
We have missed the chance to take part in the Palm Sunday but there will be another chance for Easter sunday.
This video explains the concept
For full details and the scores/backing tracks please click here