Masses streamed / recorded

Sunday Masses are scheduled to be broadcast at each week From 5 July the new time for online Masses will be 10:30 amThis mass will remain available for viewing on both this website and our YouTube channel after it has been broadcast each week.

If you join us online for Mass whilst it is still being live streamed, Mass will start playing from where it has got up to.  To view the Mass from the start, please click on the YouTube logo in the bottom right hand corner, which will take you to the video on YouTube, where you can then click to watch Mass from the beginning.  If you wish to view the Mass bigger than it is displayed on the website you will need need to view it via the YouTube channel.

You can also view Mass and content by going direct to our YouTube channel by clicking on the below button, or by searching YouTube for "Catholic Church Alcester" which should also work from your Smart TV.

This week's Mass can be found below...

Holy Mass celebrated on Sunday 5 July 2020.  

The 14th Sunday of the year - Year A (Available from 10:30 am)

Future Mass Schedule:

Friday 10 July 2020 - For the Feast of St Benedict, for the benefit of those at St Benedict's Catholic School and Sixth Form in the Parish. (Online Only).

Sunday 12 July 2020 - 15th Sunday of the year 10:30 am

Sunday 19 July 2020 - 16th Sunday of the year 10:30 am 

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship.  Our churc has put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning.  We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead.  Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown.  We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer.  Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal.’

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness. 

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church. 

 

Make an Act of Spiritual Communion

As we are now entering a time when we cannot attend Mass for a valid reason, and are therefore exempt from our Sunday obligation.

During this time we are encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion when we desire to be in union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass being offered.

There are 2 options of prayer you can say.

You can make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying the following prayer:


My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Or

I wish, my Lord, to receive You with the purity, humility and devotion
with which your Most Holy Mother received You,
with the spirit and fervour of the saints.
Come Lord Jesus.
Give me, good Lord, a longing to be with You,
give me warmth, delight and quickness in thinking upon You.
And give me Your grace to long for Your holy sacraments,
and specially to rejoice in the presence of Your very blessed Body,
Sweet Saviour Christ, in the Holy Sacrament of the altar. (From St Thomas More)

PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THE PARISH

If you are able to support the parish financially in the coming weeks and months, there are a number of options by which you can do this...

The most efficient way of doing so is by setting up either a standing order or making ad-hoc payments from your bank account into the parish account.

If you are willing to do this, please send an e-mail to finance@catholicchurchalcester.org.uk and we will send you further details as to how to set this up.

Alternatively, you can either put a cash or cheque donation in a clearly marked envelope through the presbytery letterbox, or post donations (cheques only please) to the parish address found at the bottom of this page.

If you are an existing Gift-Aid Donor or wish to become a new Gift-Aid Donor please provide your Full Name, Address and Postcode on the envelope.

To Donate Online, please visit the diocese website, at https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/support-our-work and select Alcester in the "Donating To" box on the second page of the pop-up form.

200 Club If you currently subscribe to the parish's 200 club or would like to, please see the attached letter from Chris and Kiernan Cunningham:

200 Club Update May 2020