In addition to the previously mentioned main programme on all BBC local stations at 8 am on Easter Sunday, when the Cardinal will be leading an Easter Service, he will also be giving the following media interviews:
0745 BBC Radio Berkshire
0830 BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
1030 Sky News (TV) – Adam Boulton
0710 BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme
0730 BBC Radio 2
0800 All 39 BBC Local Radio Stations (as mentioned above) including BBC WM - Main Programme!
0930 BBC Radio London
1300 BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend
Additionally, the Daily Telegraph is publishing a reflection by the Cardinal on Good Friday. And the BBC will be covering Pope Francis’ usual Urbi et Orbi on Easter Sunday on its news bulletins.
The Bishops' Conference are now providing some good material to help us all pray at home during these difficult times. These can be accessed on the website of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. You will also find there the prayers for the re-dedication of England to our Lady this Sunday. These prayers have also been placed on the Bulletin. Please remember to print off the bulletin and drop it into the letterbox of anyone you know who does not have access to the internet.
It has been great receiving feedback on our online Masses. You may not realise but the only technology we have is my mobile phone so we do not even have the ability to connect better microphones and we were limited with the very bad internet connection we have at Giffard House. For this reason, we have been recording the Masses and loading them up onto youtube afterwards. We have now upgraded the data package on my mobile phone so that we can bypass the house connection. This means that next week we will try live streaming the Masses. The quality might not be so good but it would mean that we are all praying the Mass together at exactly the same time. The Vatican has also directed that the Easter Triduum services may only be streamed live, so it will be good to practice doing this next week.
Please note therefore, that some of the Mass times have changed next week. Check the parish diary or the bulletin.
In his Address to the Nation the Prime Minister outlined the necessary steps that we must now take to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government has mandated the ‘closure of all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores, and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship.’
This means that, until further notice, and with immediate effect, all of our churches must now close their doors to the public. This policy must be implemented without exception. This is an essential component of our contribution to fighting the Coronavirus and living out the Lord Jesus’ commandment to ‘love our neighbour.’ (Mk 12:31).
The Prime Minster also stated that all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, must cease.
Given these extraordinary circumstances, the opportunities for us to pray together using technology becomes even more important. There are plenty of resources on our website to help us do this. One example is the daily Mass which is available online. Another is praying at home at specified times of the week, knowing that many others are doing the same. For example:
Keeping you all in my prayers,
Due to the very poor internet connection at SS Peter and Paul, we are limited in what we do online at present. The problem is not with our internet provider but the actual cable under the ground to the street.
For this reason, at the moment we can only provide Mass once a day. It might be possible in a couple of weeks for us to be able to stream Vespers and Stations of the Cross. Please bear with us as we sort this out.
Today's Mass is now available on our website. This week's bulletin is also available online.
Let us continue to pray for each other.
Fr Mark will be celebrating Mass every day for your intentions. It is now possible to participate in these Masses by going to the "Online Parish Services" page of our website. The first online Mass will be available at 10.00am on Saturday 21st March (tomorrow). The full schedule of these Masses will be found on the next Sunday's bulletin and also the parish diary on the "Home" page.
We hope that you will also be able to join us online for Adoration and Vespers on Sunday evenings at 7.00pm. Stations of the Cross will also be on Fridays at 7.00pm.