REOPENING OF SACRED HEART CHURCH & COMMENCEMENT OF MASSES :
THIS WEEK :
Wednesday, 8th July : Private prayer 2 p.m. – 4.
Friday, 10th July : Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11 a.m. until MASS at 12 noon.
Saturday, 11th July : MASS at 11 a.m.
Sunday, 12th July : ONLINE ZOOM MASS ONLY at 10.00 a.m.
No Mass in the church today.
NEXT WEEK :
Monday, 13th July : Private prayer 2 p.m. – 4.
Wednesday, 15th July : Private prayer from 6 p.m. until MASS at 7.30.
Friday,17th July : Exposition from 11 a.m. until MASS at 12 noon.
Saturday, 18th July : VIGIL MASS at 6.15 p.m.
Sunday, 19th July : MASS at 9 a.m. and 10.30.
2 Sunday Masses whilst numbers restricted to 40
** Please arrive early for the weekend masses, as stewards will need time to allocate seating.
It is important to note that the number of people who can be accommodated for the foreseeable future will be greatly reduced, with a maximum capacity expected to be 40 persons.
Parishioners are reminded that the Sunday obligation to attend mass remains suspended and attendance at a weekday mass will be an acceptable alternative for anyone who feels able to come to the church. This would allow priority seating at Sunday mass to be given to workers.
Anyone who does not feel well should avoid coming to the church; similarly, anyone who is not confident about mingling with other people at this time should not worry about attending and should continue if they can to follow the live-streaming of mass in their own home.
Stewards will be on hand at the church to guide people to appropriate seats, maintaining the two-metres’ distance. The wearing of face-coverings is optional, provided that we observe the two-metres’ social-distancing. However, family members from the same household may sit together in the same pew without observing social-distancing. For everyone entering the church hand-sanitising is a must.
Entrance to the church will be through the main front door and exit through the side door facing Preston New Road.
Although St Anne’s Church will not open immediately, it is hoped to reopen it shortly.
A graphic has produced by the diocese highlighting some of the practical changes that will be in place during the Mass.
NEWSLETTER – 5th July 2020
Virtual Mass in Sacred Heart & St Anne Parish
Father Jim will celebrate Mass online every Sunday
If you wish to attend this and subsequent celebrations please could you register your interest by clicking here for more details.
Please note that you do not need to have a Z00M account to join in.
On registration I will then email you a link to the Mass each week. You only need register your interest once but please allow time for your application to be processed prior to your first attendance.
There have been instances of Masses being disrupted and this registration process is part of our security precautions to avoid that happening to us.
Livestream of Services
If you would like to pray at home with the priest during the livestreaming of Mass, you can find the Lord’s Day at Home resource for the 5 July by clicking here
As the need to be a Church in a different way continues, Bishop John will be celebrating the 11am Mass online each Sunday at Salford Cathedral. Just click here
Each Thursday at 7pm, a bishop from England and Wales will celebrate Mass for the sick, their families, NHS and care staff. More details with links to the Masses can be found here
If you would like to visit another Church for Sunday Mass or a regular daily Mass click here for a schedule of what’s on where each day.
Past letters from Father Jim concerning coronavirus situation can be read here
In order to be able to keep parishioners informed whenever Father Jim makes any communications or when the website is updated with newsletters etc (which may not be on a weekly basis during this unsettling period) we have created a Parish Facebook page.
If you have a facebook account please visit and like the page so that you will then be automatically notified whenever this website is updated otherwise please visit this page periodically to check for any updates
For those parisioners without a facebook account I have embedded a feed from it at the bottom of this page so everyone will be able to access the information and links posted to it
The Vatican Media Live Video Stream
The Vatican Media Live Video stream can now be viewed on our Pope Francis Daily Message Page
On 27 March Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. You can see a one minute video summary of this momentous occasion by clicking here
Lockdown – an alternative positive spin
Our thanks to Frances Clements for sharing these lovely words with us.
A beautiful verse by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM – click here to view.