Public worship will resume from July 4.

Until July 3, Mass is streamed online daily. The pattern of streamed and public Masses will change from July 4, when our clergy will offer ten public Masses per week (two of which will also be streamed) and two streamed private Masses. Full details for this week are shown in the sidebar and the Calendar.

The Sunday obligation remains suspended and you can attend any Mass or make a Spiritual Communion via a streamed Mass. The ten Masses offered will cater for around 400 people spread through the week, slightly less than a normal Sunday attendance. Please consider carefully which Mass you attend and have regard to the needs of others who may not have as great a choice. It may be possible to add a further celebration if numbers require it. These liturgies are primarily intended for the people of the Ordinariate and the parish of Christ the King with St Joachim, to whom our clergy have particular responsibility.

Churches can open now for private prayer and devotion.

This week’s times may change from next week when public worship is included, due to the time needed for cleaning each church.

  Christ the King, Langney St Joachim, Hampden Pk Our Lady of Ransom*
Sunday 3pm–5pm
Monday 10am–noon 6pm–7:30pm
Tuesday 10am–noon 10:30am–noon
Wednesday 10am–noon 10:30am–noon
Thursday 6pm–8pm 10:30am–noon; 6pm–7:30pm
Friday Noon–5pm 10:30am–noon
Saturday 9am–11am 9am–noon
*May vary. Details

Do visit to be with the Lord present in his Holy Sacrament of the Altar. The layout in each church and where you might sit or kneel may have changed from usual, and even include separate entrance and exit doors. It will be very different: but it is now possible.

Volunteers are needed!

The diocese’s stipulations for how its churches may be opened are quite stringent. One requirement is for volunteers to be stewards, whose duties will include marshalling and ensuring hygiene is maintained. If you can help in the churches of Our Lady of Ransom parish, please contact the OLR Parish Office; or if you can help at Christ the King or St Joachim, please contact the CTK Parish Office. Needless to say, you must neither be suffering from, nor particularly susceptible to, the covid-19 coronavirus.

Public gatherings for worship — which includes any co-ordinated liturgy like Mass, the offices, guided prayer or communal singing — remain suspended at the moment. All first Holy Communion and Confirmation groups are also deferred until further notice. The celebration of Mass will continue, but without a congregation at present. We have a page of video of our Masses both in church and elsewhere: they are streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Do subscribe on YouTube or follow on Facebook, and keep an eye out for updates. We’ll also publish homilies here.

Sunday, 11:30am

Divine Worship,
from Our Lady of Ransom Church

YouTube

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00am

Divine Worship,
from the presbytery

Facebook

Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am
Saturday 5:00pm (Vigil Mass)

Novus Ordo,
from the presbytery

Christ the King

While things get back to normal, we have a page entitled Liturgy in a Time of Crisis. Please make use of the resources available on that page. In the sidebar here, there are links to Offices from the Liturgy of the Hours through the day: perhaps you can call a friend who is self-isolating and say the service together. WhatsApp will allow calls between up to eight people, and many people are now used to getting together with Zoom. There are other apps too; and there’s always a simple phone call.

In an emergency which requires the sacrament of anointing for the dying, a priest will be available whatever the circumstances. Other pastoral visits can take place outdoors. Sacramental confession is available where appropriate social distancing and safety can be observed. If you’re shielding and this isn’t possible for you, do make use of an Act of Perfect Contrition.

At a time when most of the country is returning to something like normal, it is imperative to continue to think of the most vulnerable — who may now be less noticeable — and continue to have a eye for our neighbours.

If you can help in any way, please do ring the office phone or Fr Neil’s mobile. And if you need help yourself, do not be afraid to call.