ADDITIONAL NEWS ITEMS
PENTECOST REFLECTION FROM FR DENIS MCBRIDE C.SS.R
Fr Denis McBride speaking on 'The Significance of Pentecost'
The Holy Spirit - A Prayer Video for Pentecost
ONLINE PENTECOST SERVICE
BISHOP VINCENT MALONE - FUNERAL DETAILS
The funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Vincent Malone are given below. Due to social distancing measures both services will be private
Monday 1st June at 4.00 p.m.
Archbishop Malcolm will celebrate Mass for Bishop Vincent at the Metropolitan Cathedral. This Mass will be live-streamed to allow those who wish to participate in the celebration. Access to the live-streaming will be via the Cathedral websitehttps://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/
Tuesday 2nd June at 11.30 a.m.
The funeral service for Bishop Vincent will take place at Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool, where his body will be buried in a family grave. The service, which will be recorded, will be conducted by Bishop Tom.
PRAYER RESOURCES IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:
Please pass this information on to anyone who would appreciate this service and especially anyone without internet access.
The Diocese of Middlesborough, funded by the Knights of St Columba, have initiated a Dial-a-Mass service where you can dial a telephone number and listen to Mass. Due to the funding by Knights of St Columba, calls will be charged at LOCAL RATE and will cost about 34p per Mass, each Mass being just under an hour
All they have to do is dial: 01642 130 120 and listen whenever they wish to hear Mass. Please pass it on.
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has created a series of podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch For example they have a whole playlist which will allow you to revisit Pope John Paul IIs visit in 1982 https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch/sets/pope-saint-john-paul-iis-visit-to-the-uk
Here is an example of the content from previous newsletters
The Archdiocesan prayer resources have been updated to include
- Reflection for Pentecost Sunday (with audio accompaniment)
- Readings for Pentecost Sunday
- Resurrection Appearances: John’s Gospel reflection
For Sunday reflections click here
The Redemptorists in Clapham are recording 'Thoughts for the Day' You can view them either on the Clapham Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StMarysClaphamCSsR/, their youtube Account https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7MnePSBt96d_GtIal3Iliw or on the Priovince website http://www.redemptorists.co.uk/preaching-and-prayer/thought-for-the-day.html
Not Daily - but Sr Francis Kelly is posting reflections on the UK Vocations website click here
For the Scripture Reflections produced by David Delaney click here
CAFOD Emergency Appeal Re Coronairus
CAFOD, our Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in many countries where CAFOD works. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries are likely to be devastating. Many countries have very weak healthcare systems and will not be able to cope. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, possibly living with other diseases, will be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. It is not just a public health emergency. Many of the world’s most vulnerable people will lose their jobs and be unable to support their families. The poorest and most marginalised communities, working hard to transform their lives, will be pushed further into poverty.
CAFOD is adapting its programmes to help manage the risk of coronavirus in communities and working with local Church aid agencies on the frontline of this crisis. They are already working to get food to where it is needed most; to improve hygiene, handwashing and sanitation in communities and households; producing radio messages, posters and leaflets in local languages on risks and prevention; and training community volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns. In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever. While we are not able to hold collections in our church, you can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal
LAUDATO SI ANNIVERSARY YEAR
The Vatican has announced a special Laudate Si anniversary year. The year will see the launch of 7-year journey to total sustainability in the spirit of Laudato Si’. To learn more either click here for details about the journey to 2030 and click here for the Anniversary programme.
For the latest from the Catholic Pictorial click here
DEMENTIA RESOURCES DURING LOCKDOWN
Dementia support line https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/dementia-connect-support-line
Demetia support forum https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/
Top Five tips
The Alzheimer's society have produced a top 5 tips for peole caring for those living with Dementia. You can download a copy of this volunteer toolkit by clicking here
Supporting older people and those living with Dementia
Click here for a guide from the British Psychological Society
Advice from Dementia UK
The Archdiocese has put together a page of resources to help those LIving with Dementia and those who care for them. Click here for more information.
Sing for the Brain
On the 30th April Alzheimer's UK ran a sing for the brain session on Facebook. You can watch a video of the event by clicking here
ARTS for Dementia are providing opportunities for people to join in remotely with dance, drama music. To discover what is available and how to join in visit https://arts4dementia.org.uk/events/
Videos from Inovations in Dementia
Inovations in Dementia have developed a series of videos to assist volunteers and carers to understand the needs of a person living with Dementia. They are availabl on their youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVqQdwbR6zDgIGTPfxi0BYA
They have also produced a document that can be completed and shared with volunteers. Click here
LOCKDOWN AND DOMESTIC ABUSE:
Since the UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown be-gan, there has been a 49% increase in calls and online requests for help relating to domestic abuse.
Bishop John Sherrington said:
‘Every person has a right to live their life free from violence, abuse, intimidation and fear. Catholic parishes can play an important role in the fighting the scourge of domestic abuse, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where we are seeing some shocking statistics from leading domestic abuse organisations. My thanks go to those organisations and individuals already working so hard to ensure that people suffering domestic abuse can live safe lives. Every local situation will differ and so our new guidance is designed to be used as an introduction to start a local project. I hope that Catholics and parishes will be inspired to take this up in their local area. Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or justified. It is an offence against the dignity of the human person.’
For help and support visit https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/domestic-abuse/
CATHEDRAL CHOIRS RECRUITMENT
The application date for the boys has no past but girls can apply until the 5th June 2020 (auditions will be by Zoom)
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
MARRIAGE MATTERS REFLECTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
Reflection from Marriage Matters
Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23)
The Spirit works in all sorts of different ways
Years ago, on a Marriage Encounter weekend, we had a real experience of the Spirit working “in all sorts of different ways in different people”, not in Church documents, but in real life. We were like the disciples at Pentecost, “filled with joy when they saw the Lord”, and we heard our own native language, deep inside each of us.
BISHOPS' CONFERENCE GUIDELINES ON ORGAN DONATION
CATHOLIC CHURCH SUPPORTING THOSE ON THE FRONT LINE
EXPLAINING COVID 19 TO CHILDREN
As some children will be going back to school, they may be more anxious and have more questions about the Corona virus, hopefully the information below will help
Video from Alder Hey
Alder Hey have produced a short video to help children understand Coronavirus
Advice from various organisations
For advice from the NSPCC visit
For advice from the BBC's tiny happy people
For advice from Mental health.org.uk visit
For advice from Youngminds visit