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Pastoral Letter from Bishop David

Lent 2020 (1)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Lock Down

Fr Simon writes: The Gospel is Hope for these days of ‘Lock Down’

My dear sisters and brothers, Finally, we had the announcement last night that the UK version of lockdown was beginning.  Despite the sense thatwe’d had that it might be coming it was still a shock when it finally came.  Talking to a lot of you over the last few days, and several of our senior citizens today, there was the
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Prayers for these uncertain times

We hope you find these resources useful.  These documents are from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Liturgy Office No-Mass-A5 prayer-flu-viruses

Message from CAFOD

We have had a message from CAFOD director, Christine Allen which provides some ideas of how we can stay spiritually connected during this time.  The message includes many links to further information, including ideas and resources for you to use with your children whilst they are off school.  We hope you find this useful.  Message from CAFOD

Contacting the Parish Office

Please note that the contact information for the Parish Office has been updated due to the current situation with the Coronavirus. Visit the ‘Contact Details’ page on the website for details. Thank you

The Re-Dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary: 29th March 2020

Re-dedication Letter from Walsingham We have received a letter from Mgr John Armitage with a message from Pope Francis.  The letter includes details about how we can still join together, even though our churches are closed, in prayer for the Re-Dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary on Sunday. There are also links within the text that will direct
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7pm on 22nd March: light a candle in the windows of your homes – an anti Coronavirus Prayer Inititative from Churches Together in England

Dear sisters and brothers, A prayer initiative for this evening, 22nd March, has been called by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the other presidents of Churches Together in England. This is the letter that they’ve sent out. Join in if you can. Dear friends in Christ, This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of
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Fr Simon’s Sunday Reflection 4th Sunday of Lent: Laetare/Mothering Sunday

First of all, happy Mothering Sunday to all you mothers reading this. May you be blessed today. And happy Mothering Sunday to all those who have passed away: may they rest in peace, whilst remaining in our love. Yesterday our first reading from the prophet Hosea spoke directly into our current viral situation, as you prayed without access to the
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A Letter from Fr Simon Regarding the Bishops’ Conference Decision to Temporarily Suspend Public Worship

Dear sister and brother parishioners, Apologies for this long message, but it is very important that the content be shared as quickly as possible, so do please read it and pass the necessary information on to any other members of St Martin’s Parish. From this evening, Friday 20th March, in response to the spread of the Coronavirus and in order
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