Public worship suspended during the coronavirus crisis

During this health emergency the celebration of Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and weekdays will continue to take place, but without a public congregation, and you are encouraged to unite yourself spiritually to the daily offering Mass. This might be helped by participating by the live streaming of the Holy Mass and following its prayers at home and making an act of spiritual communion. Saint Thomas Aquinas described this act of spiritual communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.” 

You can access a livestream of the Mass via the Diocesan website, here:

Asking the Lord’s blessing on the days ahead

Fr Emeka 

Wednesday Prayer – 1st April 2020

Psalm 137/138

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.
I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered; you increased the strength of my soul.
All the rulers on earth shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord’s ways: “How great is the glory of the Lord!”
Though I walk in the midst of affliction
you give me life and frustrate my foes.
You stretch out your hand and save me,
Your hand will do all things for me. Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.

Litany of Praise:

We thank you for your faithfulness and love.

Scripture Reading: John 19:28-30

After Jesus had spoken to His mother, he knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should be completely fulfilled, he said: I am thirsty. A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a hyssop stick, they held it up to his mouth. After Jesus had taken the wine he said, ‘It is fulfilled’; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.

Reflection: (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

I know you through and through – I know everything about you. Nothing in your life in unimportant to me, I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you – even in your wanderings. Do you thirst for love? “Come to me all you who thirst”. (John 7:37) I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine to the point of dying on a cross for you. I thirst for you. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe my love for you: I thirst for you. I thirst to love and to be loved by you – that is how precious you are to me. I thirst for you. Come to me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. . . I want you to remember always one thing that will never change: I thirst for you – just as you are.

INTERCESSIONS: Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Closing Prayer of Sorrow:

Lord Jesus Christ, you willingly accepted the pain and suffering of your Passion and Death out of your everlasting love for me. I now must accept responsibility for my part in causing you such pain and anguish.

I am Judas, when I betray the trust placed in me by You and by others.

I am Peter, when I deny Your love for me and am too cowardly to proclaim Your greatness to the world.

I am one of those fearful disciples when I run away from those who need me, for fear of what it may cost.

I am Pilate, when I refuse to listen to the truth, when I refuse to take any responsibility for the injustices in the world, when I take the easy way out.

I am one of that crowd who shouted “Crucify Him”, when I am swayed by the opinions and judgements of others, when I accept their standards of behaviour and reject Your words of truth and life.

I am one of those soldiers who scourged and mocked You, when I cause pain to others through my selfishness and callous indifference.

I am one of those women of Jerusalem who can weep for the sins of others, but am too blind to see my own.

Lord, I am sorry for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do. Forgive me, Lord, and never let me be parted from You.

Then, with Your help, I will be Simon, helping to bear the burdens of others.

I will be Veronica, forgetting myself and reaching out to those who suffer starvation, sickness, pain, loneliness and despair.

I will be Mary, silently bearing the sufferings of those I love, and faithful to Your will in all things.

And I will be You, Lord, gladly accepting the pains of this life and joyfully sharing Your gifts of love and peace with all our people.

Glory be to You, Lord, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine!

Universal Prayer – Fifth Sunday Of Lent

We turn to the Lord of all creation and plead for His help for all His suffering children.

Let us pray for Christians throughout the world, that their love for Jesus will be shown by their selfless care and compassion for all their brothers and sisters who are in need.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the decision-makers in Government, the National Health Service, the Treasury, the police and the armed services, that, strengthened by God’s Spirit of Power, they will work together with mutual trust to find the best solutions to the present challenges.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, that the dead will be at rest in the loving embrace of the Father and that those who grieve for them will be blessed with comfort and peace in their loss.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for all nurses, carers and volunteers, striving to ensure the good health, safety and comfort of the sick and elderly, that the Lord will protect them from the virus and enable them to be channels of God’s love to those in their charge.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for all who are finding restrictions on their movements hard to endure, especially families confined in high-rise flats and the elderly in their homes, that the Lord will give them patience and help them to use their time profitably and wisely.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

As we enter Passiontide, let us pray for every member of our parish community, that we may all strive to walk with Christ on His journey to Calvary, ever grateful for this demonstration of His great love for us, and ever thankful for the gift of life.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

May Mary be our model and inspiration in following Christ her Son: Hail Mary . . .

Deep in our hearts, may we make our own petitions for those who have asked for our prayers.

Lord God, listen to our prayers and help us to live each day empowered by Your Spirit who dwells in our hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Universal Prayer – Fourth Sunday Of Lent

Let us make our prayers to the Father, confident that He will give us the strength and the courage to face the present challenges with trust in His loving care for all His children.

Let us pray for the Church all over the world in this Lenten season, that, under the wise leadership of Pope Francis, She may help us to unite our present sufferings with those of Christ, our Saviour and Brother.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for our Government and our civil servants, that they may implement rapidly the financial support they have promised to those whose livelihoods are threatened.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the victims of the coronavirus, that the dead will be at peace and the sick receive the prompt and effective treatment that they need.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for the doctors, nurses, paramedics and scientists facing the challenge of treating the victims, that they will remain fit and healthy and carry on their vital work with compassion and skill.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

On this Mothering Sunday, let us pray that the Lord will reward all mothers for their essential role in caring and guiding their children and that, in their turn, their children will show their gratitude today and every day.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Let us pray for every member of our parish community, that, despite being unable to gather together to celebrate the Eucharist, we may all draw close to Christ in our daily prayer and be generous in placing the needs of others before our own.

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

In the silence of our hearts, let us make our own prayers for those known to us who are in special need of God’s saving help today.

May Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of us all, help us to see the world through the eyes of Jesus, her Son: Hail Mary . . .

Father, answer our prayers in the way that is best, for we make them through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.