Covid-19 Online Resources – Stay at Home, Pray at Home

Monday 30th March 2020

Following the statement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which has announced a temporary suspension of public worship and closure of churches following the Government announcement on Monday 23rd March, we have compiled this list of resources to help parishioners in our diocese through these uncertain times.

Bishop John has shared his reaction to the announcement by calling on us all to use this time to look at our own personal spirituality. You can read his full message here or listen to an audio message from him here.

Below you will find a full list of resources, but as we “Stay at Home – Pray at Home”, you may find these two pieces of scripture especially helpful:

Matthew 6:6
“But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 28:20
Jesus said: “And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.”

Resources

 

Official and updated NHS Guidance can be found on their website.

The Bishops’ Conference website will provide updates on a weekly basis regarding the unfolding situation.   You can also keep up to date with their news on Twitter.


We are regularly updating a list of Masses which will be livestreamed in our diocese. You can find this list by clicking here.

If you are asked to self isolate or self distance it is important that you follow Public Health advice. You can access livestream videos of Masses online. Three of our churches live stream daily and weekend masses using the Churchservices.tv service.

Pope Francis and the Vatican have cancelled all public masses. However the Pope’s daily Masses and the Sunday Angelus are being streamed live on the Vatican’s YouTube channel.

The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham is live-streaming all Masses.

Heaven’s Road Catholic Radio broadcasts over 250 live Holy Mass each week from 20 churches in England and Ireland. If you are at home or on-the-move you can watch on your computer, tablet or smart phone.  Visit their website and listen to inspiring programmes on the Radio, or Listen Again to over 400+ podcasts.

For those who are not able to access the internet, you can listen to RTE Radio which will broadcast Holy Week Masses. RTE Radio can be heard on Long Wave 252.


You can find a video message above from Bishop John, in which he calls on us to use this time to make space in our lives for prayer.

The Liturgical Office have produced Prayers to be used in times of sickness/flu which can be found here. This document contains general prayers for health and also a note about Spiritual Communion and praying during Self-Isolation.

Pray as you go offers a unique opportunity for guided prayer. They have further resources being made available in the coming days and weeks.

The Lord’s Day at Home is a document which will help you to unite yourself with the worship of the Universal Church and your own parish this Sunday. For supplements to help you on Palm Sunday, please click here.

Universalis is available free online or as a paid app.



Lent in Isolation will provide daily readings, a Homily from a priest and an act of Spiritual Communion. You can find out more on Twitter. 

Reading Matthew in Lent is a series of simple podcasts for the Lenten season offering a daily reading from St Matthew’s Gospel from Ash Wednesday to Easter Monday. The Bishops’ Conference will upload a reading on weekdays from Monday to Friday. You can find out more here. 

The Jesuits have produced a Lent Retreat for 2020 based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, which can be found here.


CAFOD have produced downloadable children’s liturgy resources which can be found here. Additionally, CAFOD is hosting a virtual children’s liturgy of the word at 10am on Sunday as a webinar. Parents and children are encouraged to join CAFOD online for prayers and reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel. The liturgy will be led by catechists who would usually be leading children’s liturgy in their parish and will be based on our CAFOD children’s liturgy resources. You can register here.

The diocesan youth team have created a Guide to Stations of the Cross for families and a Guide to the Holy Mass which you may find useful.


A Facebook support group has been set up by some members of the Spirituality Committee at the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. The group – CCC Christ, Covid, Community – is the space to open doors and to allow hearts speak to hearts, sharing journeys through this wilderness, remembering you are not alone. It promotes the Christ-centred solidarity that is stronger than any illness. The group can be found here.

The Bishops’ Conference have produced a website called the Catholic Mental Health Project in which they have gathered a range of resources to help increase spiritual and pastoral support for those with mental health challenges, their families and carers.

 

What can you do to help? 

If you are interested in volunteering or helping reach out to those most vulnerable, Caritas Salford is helping respond to the crisis. Found out how to get involved by visiting their website

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. Latest updates and government guidelines can be found on the Gov.uk website

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