20 March 2020
From tomorrow onwards, as per the advice of Catholic Bishop conference of England and Wales, we will not be having masses celebrated for public in any churches in UK, but I promise you that there will be a mass (privet mass by the parish priest) on each day will be celebrated for the people of the parish. And I would be encouraging you all to join with me in your spirit in the mass. This would be also a time to appreciate the advantage of internet in the ministry and mission of the church. So, please join along with your family masses online; please see the attached site address for your help.
I also add 5 Ways to get the most out of televised Mass
1. Put God First
Schedule your Mass hour when planning your Sunday, rather than hoping for “free time” which may never come. Make yourself available for the whole broadcast, instead of stopping and starting to fit around your other priorities. Resist the temptation to make yourself “Lord” of the Mass.
2. Prepare your Prayer Space
Look at the area where you plan to watch the broadcast. Is it suitably quiet and tidy so you can pray without distraction? Can you enhance the atmosphere, eg., light a candle or dim the room lights?
3. Prepare your body
Physical circumstances put us in the right frame of mind. Before turning on the broadcast, satisfy your body’s needs (e.g. bathroom, hunger). Avoid snacking during the broadcast.
While you need not put on “Mass clothes”, simple actions such as washing your face and changing into a clean shirt can help you feel refreshed and ready to pray.
Pray the Mass by making the appropriate hand gestures (eg. signs of the Cross) even if you do not adopt the bodily postures (eg. standing for the Gospel) or sing the hymns.
4. Be Present
Resist the urge to multitask. Close the other apps on your computer, especially instant messaging. Free yourself from the slavery of always needing to feel “connected”. This is your time to connect with Christ. Similary, reject the temptation to be “efficient” by watching Mass while doing the household chores.
5. Spiritual Communion
Since you cannot receive Holy Communion, pray a Spiritual one. The prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori is recommended; but feel free to express its sentiments in your own words:
“My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”
While the suspension of public Masses nationwide is a tragic necessity, this is also our opportunity to stand in solidarity with Christians around the world who do not have the chance to keep the Sabbath holy, or to attend Sunday worship. Let us pray fervently as a family, parish, diocese and as whole faithful around the world; for an end to the COVID-19 epidemic and a swift resumption of public Mass.
God bless you all
From Fr. Justin Karakadu SDV
25th March 2020
Following the guidelines from the Government and Catholic Bishop's council of England and Wales we will keep the church closed until further notification.
Good news, we will start live mass on Facebook on our parish Facebook page.
follow the link
Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Action Points Agreed by the Bishops for the Church in England & Wales
Dispensation from Easter Duties
In their letter of 18th March 2020, the President and the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said “in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the 'serious reason' why this obligation does not apply at this time.”
Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916).
As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.
The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.
This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
An Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
I am well aware that this is a difficult time for everyone mentally, socially and financially. I pray that everyone is well and this pandemic will soon start to abate.
I have hesitated to ask for support for the Parish but as you can imagine our bills are continuing to arrive. If anyone is able to help please can you consider setting up a standing order to enable us to honour our commitments.
Thank you to all those who have contacted the Presbytery already .
Our details are:
Bank name Natwest Wrexham Branch
Account name Holywell Catholic Church
Account number 08120897
Sort Code 55.81.42
Fr. Justin Karakadu SDV