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|BULLETIN of ST MARY’S SHRINE 29th March 2020 Fortnightly www.fssp.co.uk/warrington • 01925 635 664 Watch our Mass daily on http://livemass.net/ Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NS Served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter by appointment of the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool Rector: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP: email@example.com Assistant: Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP: firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant: Fr Henry Whisenant: email@example.com Deacon Roger Gilbride, FSSP: firstname.lastname@example.org (on pastoral placement until Easter) In residence: Fr Alex Stewart, FSSP: astewart@olg- seminary.org Holy Masses: Sunday 11am & 6pm; Mon-Sat 12:10pm daily. Confessions 30mins before every Mass every day – including from 5:30pm before 6pm Sunday Mass, and on Saturdays 10am-11:45am Eucharistic Adoration: Sat 10:00am-12 noon; 1st Fri 7:40pm-8:40pm; most Wed. afternoon after school Daily Rosary 11:30am Mon-Fri, 11am Sat. + 12noon Angelus Sung Compline: Sunday 7:15pm, Wednesday 9:15pm Stations of the Cross: Mon, Fri 1:00pm Men’s group: Every Wed 7:00pm Mass + Talk & Compline Mothers’ Prayer group: Wed 1:00pm Adults Catechesis: most Sunday mornings withFr Whisenant Home Education Group: MostWednesdays 1pm-3:30pm. Contact Alison Kahn 01925 727759. Choir: Every Thur & Sun.Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our choir – including Junior choir. Young Adults & Professionals 18-35: Monthly Sat walk and/or talk: www.facebook.com/juventutem.warrington/ Divine Mercy group: every second Tuesday 1:00pm Pro-life group: Last Sat 10:15am SUPPORT—Bank details: Account name: FSSP Warrington. Account number: 30993368. Sort Code 30-80-27; Lloyds Bank, Palmerston Road Branch. Ask us for Gift Aid forms and envelopes: email@example.com. Registered Charity number 1129964 Safeguarding: Children, teenagers and vulnerable adults must be accompanied or supervised at all times within the Shrine. If you have concerns, please contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department on 0151 522 1043 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness. Church cleaning: please given an hour of your time each week to keep St Mary’s fit for divine worship. Addicts to drugs, alcohol: help available with high success rate. Free. Confidential phone contact: 07916578902. ☞To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. If no server, please hold the Communion plate against your throat. Thank you in advance. ☞ Printed Mass sheets: please don’t bin them, as we will use them next year. Leave them in church Porch. ☞ Modesty in church: please cover your bodies at least down to elbows and below knees; no tight or see-through garments. ☞ Did you know? St Mary’s Shrine costs £1,700/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.|
Dear Friends, we miss you in the pews! But as we pray for all those affected by this virus and as we take precautions against spreading it, let us not lose heart.
Let us seek God first and His kingdom. From a spiritual perspective, God’s Providence encompasses everything. God never wills evil, but He sometimes allows tribulations as a consequence of our sins and as an opportunity for repentance and conversion. “And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body [that includes viruses] and after that have no more that they can do. But I will shew you whom you shall fear: Fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows” (Lk 12:4-7).
While no expert is currently able to predict with certainty how the bleak situation will evolve, let us beware of apocalyptic interpretation of figures. One can take courage from the hopeful data offered by epidemiologists in the UK and abroad (cf in-length articles on our website) suggesting that:
1) Covid-19-attributed deaths in the UK are 1,020 (5th to 28th March 6pm), against 17,000 deaths per year caused by flu only.
2) Only a tiny percentage of these deaths were caused by Covid-19 only (0.8 % in Italy). Most patients died of other underlying conditions; that is, most died with Covid-19 but not of Covid-19.
3) A vast amount of people are contaminated unbeknownst to them, or showing mild symptoms. This lowers considerably the death rate of Covid-19.
4) By far the main cause of death in the UK is surgical abortion (not including abortion through abortifacient pills).
Below: UK death figures compiled from www.gov.uk and other agencies for the years 2017, 2018 and/or 2019:
|Any cause, excluding abortion |
What to do, meanwhile:
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days is removed for as long as this crisis continues. Before the lockdown, St Mary’s clergy administered the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with Plenary Indulgence to one third of our congregation. Although St Mary’s Church is presently closed even for private prayer sadly, feel welcome to phone or email us if you need spiritual support and we will do our best to respond pastorally “as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed.”
Tell your friends about LiveMass.net, allowing you to unite with the holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St Mary’s, either live (Mon-Sat 12:10pm, Sun 11:00am) or on demand (for 24hrs following each weekday Mass and for 7 days following each Sunday Mass). We plan to have the full Sacred Triduum broadcast (check our website for schedule by 8th April) on LiveMass.net; which will be part of the online resources advertised by the Bishops of England & Wales’ Conference at their request. With five clerics living at St Mary’s Presbytery as one household and with off-street access to our place of worship, we are in the fortunate situation of being able to offer full sung liturgies, broadcast on LiveMass.net, please God.
Let us pray for each other and telephone or email each other to check how the more isolated ones are doing.
During this forced Lenten retreat, let us make sure to use the spare time for prayer and spiritual reading, and for family activities within each household. If not yet the case, install a ‘prayer corner’ in your home, where alone or together you can pray.
Please put your Sunday collection money aside each week and give it to us when churches reopen. Or alternatively, pay your collection money into our Shrine bank account ( Account name: FSSP Warrington. Account number (Lloyds Bank): 30993368. Sort Code 30-80-27); or drop through our Front Door mail slot.
Education project at St Mary’s Sunday 26 April 2020, 12:30pm-3:30pm: meeting for all interested, with presentation of the Regina Caeli Academy (to be confirmed).
Next trek with Juventutem Young Adults (18-35): 18th April; 16th May. Contact email@example.com. Also, Juventutem Summer Weekend near London 3-5 July 2020. Also, CHARTRES Pilgrimage: 30th May-1st June 2020 with Frs de Malleray and Whisenant. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Other intentions were applied over the past 2 weeks at private Masses. Please ask Fr Whisenant for details.)
ALL EVENTS BELOW behind locked doors, to be attended remotely via LiveMass.net ONLY.
|Sun 29||Passion Sunday [Clocks 1hour forward]||National Consecration to Our Lady: 11:00am Solemn Mass • 1:25pm Act of Consecration and musical Rosary; 3:00pm Talk & Sung Litany of Our Lady||Restoration of Our Lady’s Dowry|
|Mon 30||Feria||12:10pm||David and Sue Lungs|
|Tue 31||Feria||12:10pm||Nathan Manswell|
|Wed 1||Feria||12:10pm ; 8:00pm-9:00pm Men’s Group Talk & Compline||For the Good of the Nation|
|Thu 2||Feria||12:10pm||Ann Girling RIP|
|Fri 3||Feria||12:10pm||T. and Ruth’s Unborn Baby|
|Sat 4||Feria||12:10pm||Lucy, Adrian & Family|
|Sun 5||Palm Sunday||11:00am||Ben & Sophia Parkinson|
|Mon 6||Holy Monday||12:10pm||For the Good of the Nation|
|Tue 7||Holy Tuesday||12:10pm||Helen Gibbons|
|Wed 8||“Spy” Wednesday||12:10pm ; 8:00pm-9:00pm Men’s Group Talk & Compline||Ellen Galvin|
|Thu 9||Maundy Thursday||10am-12:00noon Tenebrӕ: Gregorian chant 8:00pm-9:30pm Solemn Mass, stripping of altars and Compline 9:30pm-midnight: Eucharistic adoration [probably not filmed]||FSSP|
|Fri 10||Good Friday Fast & Abstinence||10am-11:40am Tenebrӕ (Gregorian chant) 3:00pm-5:00pm Solemn Liturgy|
|Sat 11||Holy Saturday||10am-11:40am Tenebrӕ (Gregorian chant) 8:00pm-midnight Solemn Easter Vigil & Solemn Mass||Fr Jim Donleavy RIP|
|Sun 12||Easter Sunday||11:00am-12:30pm Solemn Mass [Attention: No 6pm Sunday Mass. Normal daily schedule would resume on Monday 13 April, subject to Covid-19 restrictions for public worship being lifted.]||FSSP Confraternity|