COVID-19: Closure of Places of Worship

Following the Prime Minister’s Statement to the Nation at 8:30pm on Monday 23rd March 2020 The Church of St Thomas Aquinas, Fenny Stratford and the Church of All Saints, West Bletchley will remain CLOSED until further notice.

Sadly the churches cannot be open for private prayer at this time. Mass will be offered privately each day by both Fr Christopher and Fr Emmnuel for your intentions and we invite you to join your prayers with ours at home by making a Spiritual Communion. Some suggested prayers are available below.

We pray that through our collective and the sacrifices we can make in following the Government’s directives lives can be saved and the spread of infection greatly reduced. It is the heartfelt desire to keep the two greatest commandments as taught by our Blessed Lord, love of God and love of our neighbour, that compels us to do all we can at this time to protect and support each other.
May God be with us all in this noble endeavour.

Parish Offertory Giving
The suspension of pubilc Masses will have a huge effect on our Parish income and we still have bills to pay. As a means of mitigating against this loss we would like to encourage those parishioners who do not currently give by Standing Order to donate online. This can be done at:

https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/

Please ensure that you type the parish name and area i.e. “St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, Bletchley” in the NOTES SECTION of the donate page.

Or.., by Standing Order via your own bank:
You can also set up a standing order for donations to the parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows.

Bank; NatWest
Sort Code; 60-06-11
Account Name; 46898093
Account Name; Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref; St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish, Bletchley

Participating in Mass online
You can participate in Mass online from our Cathedral in Northampton at: http://northamptoncathedral.org/live/

…or from the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at:
http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

…or from the Eternal Word Television Network at:
https://www.ewtn.com/tv/shows/sunday-mass-live

Important Message from the SVP
SVP HELP & SUPPORT
If you are isolated [self imposed or otherwise] during these stressful times of Virus etc. PLEASE call our SVP HELPLINE. 07788796378: simply leave your number and one of the Members will get back to you to discuss how they can help you.
God Bless John Scott & Team SVP

Prayer Resources for use during the Coronavirus pandemic
The Act Spiritual Communion
The heartfelt desire to receive Our Lord even when we are unable to do so at Mass. This desire to receive him through Spiritual Communion is an act of love which prolongs our thanksgiving even when we are not in the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord. The desire is to live constantly in His presence: ‘The effects of a sacrament can be received by desire’ (St Thomas Aquinas). There are many formulae from the saints for making a Spiritual Communion including St Alphonsus Liguori:
My Jesus, I believe that You are truly 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 being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of all People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me

Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19
Loving God,
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
the coronavirus.
God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families. Amen.

Prayer for those Affected
Merciful God,
come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril
and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Bring healing to all who suffer
the ravages of disease
and assist those whose skill and art
can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

O God,
our refuge and our shield,
even when we walk in the shadow of death
you are there at our side.
Be with your people in this time of danger:
bring strength to the afflicted
and protection to those untouched by disease.
Give us love and courage,
that we may trust in your power to save
and reach out to all who need our care.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19
Eternal God,
Be with our priests this day as they seek
to minister to your people.
May you be a guiding and protective presence with them
as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word
and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist
to those entrusted into their care.
Grant them the strength of mind and body,
keep them safe to do your will,
And give them the courage and peace
to face each day with trust and confidence in You.
Into your hands O God, we commend them;
fill them with your grace and healing. Amen.

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