Mass & Services During This Difficult Time
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, for a time we must not gather for public acts of worship. At St Marie’s, this will begin after the 5.30pm Mass on Friday 20th March 2020.
St Marie’s will remain open; it is not closing. It will continue to be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. In visiting St Marie’s during this difficult time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing. However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
We will be live-streaming our Masses on this website (click here to visit our Mass Livestream page). A week-day Mass will be live-streamed from the Cathedral at 8am each morning, and will be available to watch on the website for the rest of the day. Mass on Sundays will be live-streamed at 11am and will also be available to watch for the rest of that day. A Slovak Mass will be live-streamed at 3pm each Sunday, and will also be available to watch for the rest of that day. We warmly invite you to spiritually join in each celebration.
You can also watch live Mass on your television, using the free EWTN channel – the global Catholic network. You can find out how to watch EWTN by following this link:
If this is not possible, or you are seeking an alternative, there are a range of resources out there to help you. Here are two to get you started:
- This is a link for help with prayer when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly: https://bit.ly/3a5SOeq
- This is a link for help with Contrition and Spiritual Communion: https://bit.ly/2vE1Bpe
These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day, until the health restrictions have been lifted.