Fr. Tom Grufferty (who used to be the Parish Priest of St Joseph's, Havant, and was a Governor at our school) is generously offering everyone his support during this time.
“If you are in need of prayer or spiritual guidance,” he says, “you can use this specially dedicated prayer line. In return you will receive prayers for those concerned about the current crisis, and also some recommended prayer ideas, available at the click of a button. These include ideas on how to relax, mindfulness and websites dedicated to prayer.”
He also says people are welcome to use Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp. The line will be open each day during Holy Week and Easter: from 10.00 -12.00 and again from 16.00-18.00: Palm Sunday April 5th to the Second Sunday of Easter, April 19th inclusive. Callers will be invited to give a brief reason for the prayer and “we will then pray about this and finish off with the Lord’s Prayer and two other prayers specifically about Coronavirus.” Fr. Tom says this is a strictly confidential and a personal service and “your personal needs will be prayed for.”
Contact Fr. Tom either by email or by phone on 07905-949198
Our Parish Community
Particularly in this difficult time, please remember our parish community, the parishioners, Fr Gerard, Fr Leslie, Fr Mark and Deacon Nick in your prayers.
Are you struggling to recognise God's presence in your life? Perhaps we can help...
Fr Gerard offers some reassuring words and guidance...
God is with us in all this suffering and disturbance.
There will be no public Masses from Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future. This will be a difficult loss for so many people. In this necessary fast from the Eucharist perhaps we can take a moment to really reflect on what it means for us and come to appreciate this mystery all over again. But don’t for a moment think that if you are unable to get to Mass you are committing a sin! God does not expect more of us than we can offer.
This website might help: https://www.ctsbooks.org/if-you-cant-get-to-mass-making-a-spiritual-communion/
And this prayer leaflet is good to keep handy:
Since we cannot gather to celebrate Mass perhaps we could watch Mass online. Of course, it’s not the same, but it could help us maintain our Sunday custom, remembering that Sunday is the Lord’s day.
Our own St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth offers live-streamed Mass. https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php
So too do the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph at Sway. https://dominicansistersofstjoseph.org
The Sisters’ website also offers the Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Office.
Mass Online offers links to Mass being streamed in many churches across the world https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/
A resource offering Mass from Medjugorje can be found on the Mary App at https://www.marian.org/app
Bishop Robert Barron’s Daily Mass can be found at: https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass
Please remember in your prayers Teagan Barnard and Mahendra Patel who have died.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.