Dear worshippers at St Mary’s Shrine,
As you will be aware, today the Government turned down a petition from Cardinal Vincent Nichols on behalf of the Catholic Church in England to allow public worship during the November 2020 lockdown.
Read here the full response released this afternoon by Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, including the following encouragement: “At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help. We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer “.
Please sign this petition and write to your local MP to challenge the unnecessary violation of liberty by the Government. You will be pleased to note that the Bishops Conference has challenged the Government on this point, as have several bishops. Please pray that these restrictions are lifted quickly.
During the lockdown, we will strive to keep the founts of sacramental grace flowing. Please note that, commencing Friday 6th November, St Mary’s Shrine will be open for private prayer at times soon to be announced.
Our daily Holy Mass will continue to be offered at its usual times (Sun 11:00am; Mo-Sat 12:110pm) but will be available only via LiveMass.net.
We will do our utmost to support your spiritual needs within the provision of the law. Please visit this website for updates as we will post them as soon as available.