Coronavirus update

The Catholic Church has suspended public Mass and other liturgies to delay the spread of coronavirus, and the church is no longer open for private prayer.

Baptisms, First Confessions, First Holy Communions and Confirmations are postponed. Funerals, Requiem Masses and other services with a congregation in church are not permitted. Fr Peter will conduct a simple service with a limited number of people at the cemetery or crematorium and will celebrate a Mass in church privately for the deceased; this will normally take place on the day of burial or cremation.

We will continue to produce a weekly newsletter which will be available for downloading here as usual.

Although the church is closed we are continuing our "Lenten Journey" tableau in front of the altar. You will find photos and details of the tableau and the Lenten lectern fall posted in the news items below.

Please keep visiting this website for the latest updates.

Mass online

From Sunday 29 March at 10:00am we will be streaming Mass live from St Aidan's church. We will also be live streaming some 10:00am weekday Masses.

To join the live Mass click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChRvjbRoua0tm5-9SDAEXXQ. You will also find recordings of previous Masses there.

If you cannot connect to the Mass using the link above follow the instructions below.

Open YouTube.
Search for: St Aidans Coulsdon (use these exact words without any punctuation).
The St Aidan's channel should appear (there is a circular image of our altar). Click on this image.
In the channel there will be videos with dates for previous streamed Masses. Click on the Mass you wish to join. When Mass is streamed live it will be the first video on the list (there will be a caption saying 'live'). Click that video to join the Mass.

It is also possible to join with Masses streamed from other parishes. A good local example is St Mary’s, West Croydon: http://saint-mary.org.uk/ (click on Watch Mass Live on the top banner). Another good example is the live stream from the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham: https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/.

Another way to pray the Mass online is by means of a pre-recorded video Mass which you can watch at any time. For example, Redemptorist Publications have the Sunday Masses available on their website: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online.

Spiritual Resources

You can access the daily Mass readings by following this link: https://universalis.com/mass.htm. In addition, each week from Wednesday you can find the upcoming Sunday readings with commentaries on the Wednesday Word website: http://www.wednesdayword.org/sunday-gospel.htm.

Families can join CAFOD online at 10:00am on Sundays for a virtual children’s liturgy of the word. You can register here to take part: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5095942131288155403.

The Tablet has on its website a very useful page of resources, including advice, links to live-streamed Masses, prayers and reflections: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/12590/isolated-but-not-alone-resources-for-catholics.

Stations of the Cross

During Lent many parishioners usually gather in our church on Sunday afternoons for this time-honoured Lenten devotion. You can maintain this practice at home by following a set of meditations provided by the archdiocese: download here.

Do take a look, too, at this stunning set of photographic Stations of the Cross, taken by professional photographer Marcin Mazur for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference: https://www.flickr.com/gp/catholicism/J6RE57.

Pope Francis’ prayer for spiritual communion – especially useful when joining with Masses on websites

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you.

Keep in touch

We have set up a mailing list for the parish. We will be using this to send regular emails to parishioners, including a weekly email with a direct link newsletter. Joining the mailing list is straightforward - just follow this link and fill in the short sign-up form: http://eepurl.com/gXMief. Please pass this link on to anyone else who might be interested.

We would like to hear from any parishioners who may need a helping hand during the weeks and months ahead. If you need help with shopping or other errands please contact the parish office (see panel for details).

We would also like to hear from parishioners who are able to assist those in need. If you are in a position to help please contact us.

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St Aidan’s RC Primary School



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Coulsdon,
Surrey,
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