We are delighted to see that the Government are allowing Churches to plan for reopening for private prayer. The update from St Augustine’s Church is that the Diocese, alongside the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, are working on the details of the guidelines/risk assessments needed to make sure churches are safe to open. When these have been completed, the Diocese will know which of the Churches can open, on what days, at what times etc.
We will keep our parish community up to date with our own plans when there is news of what our Church is able to offer. Getting ready to open again is not a quick and simple process but we are working on the guidelines and we hope to be able to offer some small ways of opening the church safely in the near future, with everyone’s health in the forefront of all decisions, (including the health of Fr Frank.)
Keep looking at our facebook page/website for any updated information.
So, whilst we are still unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, remember that Pope Francis provided an example of a spiritual communion prayer that can be said from home.
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. 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,”
Apart, yet together.