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.
Please keep visiting this website for the latest updates.
This week's services
These are not public services but available on the parish YouTube channel – see 'Mass online' below.
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Each Sunday at 10:00am we are streaming Mass live from St Aidan's church. We are also live streaming weekday Masses, usually at 10:00am (but with occasional variation – see above for this week).
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.
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). Other examples are the live stream from the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham: https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/ and the pre-recorded Sunday Mass from Redemptorist Publications: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online.
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.
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.
There are some excellent liturgical resources for children and adults with learning difficulties who cannot go to church at present. Readings and prayers are presented in a format that a person with learning difficulties can easily access using signs and symbols. This is not meant to replace the opportunity to join in an online Mass or other service. The material, which is produced by the Kairos Forum, can be viewed on the internet at http://www.kairosforum.org/prayer-reflection/. You can follow their LivingFully Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/living.fully.92.
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.
For young people
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.
Staying at home: a new resource for young people
Southwark Catholic Youth Service has worked with some 6th-form students on a mini-series "Christ is Alive". This is an invitation for young people to focus on staying spiritually healthy and to ponder some of the big questions about life, through journalling and prayer. This may be particularly relevant during this difficult time of lockdown. Young people are encouraged to take a look.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Child’s Bible Project
This dynamic theatre group has a wealth of excellent resources and are providing an "at home" Sunday liturgy aimed at young people. The group can be found at www.tentenresources.co.uk and on Twitter: @TenTen.
A packed website full of interesting articles, Gospel reflections, culture and fun for the family.
This app has a wealth of fun teaching videos for children and is worth exploring. An example might be this video about David and Goliath: youtu.be/ks6zl2hL2Uk. It can be downloaded on any Apple device and is also available on Google Play. It features a number of security settings for safer browsing. Click here for more information.
Keep in touch
We have a parish mailing list which we are using to send to parishioners a weekly email including a direct link to the 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 still 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 who need help. If you are in a position to help please contact us so that we can add you to the list of people that we can call on in case of need.
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