06 April 2020, The Tablet

Isolated but not alone: resources for Catholics



Isolated but not alone: resources for Catholics

Pope Francis prays the Angelus in the Apostolic Library at the Vatican on March 15, 2020.
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A compilation of online resources for Catholics during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We recognise many people do not have online access, so this has been updated today, 6 April, to include Easter services on the BBC in Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, at the end. We hope the friends of those without internet who see this resource, will be able to pass the information on.

The Easter services from the BBC include Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who will be leading a service on all 39 BBC local radio stations on Easter Sunday from 8am. 
 

Liturgical Resources

 

Turin Cathedral is to live-stream a special prayer service at the Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday. 

Ampleforth Abbey has begun live-streaming daily Mass in the Ampleforth Abbey Church in addition to audio live streaming. 

A list of parishes in Britain providing livestream Masses, Adoration, prayer and more can be found via this link. The Church of the Holy Ghost and St Stephen in west London is among those live-streaming Holy Mass.

Buckfast Abbey are streaming offices and Mass every day throughout the week, and several times a day. Times of services: Monday to Saturday: Matins 6.30am, Lauds 7.45am?, Holy Mass 9.00am, Vespers 6.30pm?, Compline 8.00pm (In Private on Saturday). Sunday: Matins 6.45am, Lauds 7.45am, Holy Mass 10.30am, Vespers 6.30pm, Compline 8.00pm.

Jesuits at Farm Street livestream Mass every day at 6pm. There is a list of more live-stream Masses in the Archdiocese of Westminster here.

Every Monday evening, Taizé streams live on Facebook prayers with a small group of brothers from the community. The community puts up the live link just before it starts at 8.30pm CET, and also posts the songs for the evening in advance. 

Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, is to live-stream the Holy Week and Easter Services from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The stream can be accessed from the Metropolitan Cathedral’s website. The Archbishop said: "This year our Holy Week devotions will have to be different as we rightly respect government restrictions.  We cannot physically gather as a worshipping community, but live-streaming gives us the opportunity to join together spiritually in sincere prayer and devotion as we commemorate the passion, death and glorious resurrection of the Lord."

A new Sunday Liturgy for families with children of primary school age has been created by Ten Ten Resources to help enable Sunday prayer and worship during the period of church closures.

Our news story on the Rededication of England on 29 March has embeds and links, including to a special message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and a page where you can watch again the original live-stream of the prayer service.

The Latin Mass Society has put together a catalogue of online resources to assist with private or family devotions at home.

Portsmouth diocese has a livestream from the cathedral every day at 12.15pm plus many other spiritual and liturgical resources on their dedicated coronavirus page.

Redemptorist Publications are live-streaming Sunday Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr Denis McBride CSsR.

Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy is live-streaming Masses on Monday to Saturday at 6pm, and on Sundays at 11am. The chaplaincy is are  streaming Adoration services on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9pm. The links are through the chaplaincy's website and Facebook page.

The Benedictine sisters at Minster Abbey in Thanet are live-streaming their community's Daily Office, starting with Compline at 7.50pm each day. Other hours of prayer may be added. Go to this link and click on "subscribe" at the opening screen.

Growing Old Gracefully has a dedicated page with articles, reflections and links to live-stream Masses.

Pope Francis called on Christians the world over to pray the Lord’s Prayer in unity on Wednesday 25 March.

Bishop Patrick McKinney invites all  to join him praying for each other and praying especially for those affected by Covid-19.

Pope Francis and the Vatican have cancelled all public masses. However the Pope's daily Masses at Casa Santa Marta and the Sunday Angelus are being streamed live on the Vatican's YouTube channel. No need to watch live, tune in at any time. 

The nuns at Stanbrook are doing daily eucharistic services without a priest and publishing homilies online, delivered by a different sister each day

The monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz are live-streaming two extra masses every day at the moment, from their small chapel behind the now closed-off cloister walls. These (Novus Ordo) masses are at 10am and 4pm every day, UK time, in Latin on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
The monks are also live-streaming their regular Latin office, at (UK time) 4.15am Lauds, 5.20am Mass (in German a couple of times a week but mostly in Latin), 11am Terce and Sext, 5pm Vespers and 6.50pm Compline. Community mass on Sundays is at 8.30am UK time.
 

St Mary’s Lochee, in Dundee, Scotland, is live-streaming Sunday Mass on Facebook along with the Easter Triduum and offering a retreat in daily life for Holy Week via email.

"Might I make a few suggestions in regard to our retreat? Get out your Bible and read one of the Gospels in its entirety—perhaps the Gospel of Matthew, which we are using for Sunday Mass this liturgical year. Read it slowly, prayerfully; use a good commentary if that helps." Bishop Robert Barron has written a helpful article for this time, and his website Word on Fire has many useful online resources.

Universalis. "The Lord has commanded us to pray without ceasing, and this is what the Hours help us do." Online Liturgy of the Hours, recommended by Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan, in his pastoral letter and decree.

Ireland's Knock Shrine broadcasts daily Masses online and will send out Mass cards. In addition, a National Novena to Our Lady of Knock began St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, and continues to the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25 2020. The shrine states: "We invite everyone to join with us for the Novena in which we pray for a swift end to the corona virus, Covid-19, the protection of all people against it, all who are ill at this time and all medical and civil authorities dealing with the virus." Archbishop Eamon Martin is inviting priests and bishops to join with him, after the Angelus on the Feast of Annunciation, 25 March, in consecrating Ireland and her people to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the coronavirus. The shrine is inviting Catholics to join online from Knock Shrine for two sessions daily: 12 noon, for the Angelus Mass and Novena prayers; 7.00pm for Rosary, Mass and Novena prayers followed by Eucharistic blessing. You can also join in the Novena by writing an online petition and lighting a candle which will then be lit at the Shrine for you.

Rathfarnham Parish, Dublin has its own livestream and also has a page featuring live and upcoming video streams of Masses, ceremonies, Vatican events and monastic offices from Ireland and around the world which is updated by the hour. The parish also has a regular video re-enactment of the day's Gospel

The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham is live-streaming all Masses.

CatholicArena on Twitter has created a thread with a list of churches streaming online Masses, mainly but not exclusively in Ireland.

Catholic Masses live online. With a calendar to see available Masses live online, you can find services all over the world, including specifically  in English and even add the stream to Google calendar. The website was created for the sick, home bound and all who cannot go to Mass or live in an area with no services avaiable. The site also has an Android app.

Church Services TV streams Masses, weddings, funerals, music and all other kinds of events from churches, halls and other venues. The website states: "By making services available on PC’s, laptops, mobile devices and TV sets anywhere in the world, CSTV helps those confined to home or care facilities, and those living away from home, keep in touch with their parish and continue to be part of the local community."

The Taize community is broadcasting evening prayer live from the community in France every day at 8.30pm Central European Time  (7.30pm UK)

In Scotland, churches streaming live Masses include St Andrews Cathedral, GlasgowSt John the Baptist, Uddingston, St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk, St Theresa’s, DumfriesSt Margaret’s Cathedral, Ayr, and St Augustine’s, Coatbridge. 

Bayard have provided the text of Sunday Liturgies, including those for children, free online, as well as other online resources. 

St Mary's Press has online readings, reflections and questions, suitable for young people and children, updated daily. 

The Jesuit Post's Curriculum Guide has articles and videos from the past eight years organised in nearly twenty different themes. 

Heaven's Road Catholic Online Radio broadcasts 24/7 prayers, reflections, features and music, plus live Masses from more than 15 churches in England and Ireland. If you missed anything, you can listen again to more than 200 programmes.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The service including prayers, hymns and a short sermon will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast across 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday in response to the crisis.

In the US, Magnificat is offering free access to streaming and other resources online to help Catholics to pray at home.

The Tablet has published a long list of churches and dioceses in the US live-streaming Holy Mass and more.

Organisers of the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary are urging Catholics to make a personal act of rededication on 29 March if events they were due to attend in cathedrals and parishes are cancelled because of the coronavirus.

And The Tablet's Rome correspondent Christopher Lamb has blogged and Facebook lived about isolating as Catholics and as a family, while finding ways to practise the faith.

Spiritual Resources

 

The English Benedictines have a comprehensive new resource live on their website, Alone Together. It has films, stories, reflections and guidance and gained 1,500 views in the first 48 hours of its launch. 

Fr Stephen Wang has started live-streaming and sharing videos on the new YouTube channel “Pause for Faith”.

In this short "d'var Torah", former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, responds to the crisis with a reasoned conviction born of faith that revelation speaks, and that it speaks now.

 

'Many things, good or bad, nourishing or destructive, true or false can bring us closer together. The global health emergency is doing it by reminding us, as the environmental emergency should, of the reality that we are a single family; we share a beautiful home; our differences are really interesting not threatening; and we need to learn how to share better and to live in a more joyful way. This crisis can bring us together for the sake of goodness, for new depth of wisdom and kindness. It is not all about fear.' The World Community for Christian Meditation is offering a contemplative path through the crisis.

Churches Together in England are asking Christians to join in prayer in their homes every Sunday at 7pm.

Jesuits online Lent retreat. This year's retreat run by Jesuits in Britain, titled, Journey Into Freedom, is based on the spiritual exercises of the order's founder, St Ignatius of Loyola. This Lent it is a daily journey through the life of Jesus, praying with scripture. The resources include a booklet that can be downloaded for use at home, a guide on how to pray with Lectio Divina and an introduction. Every day a new exercise is posted, with a "stilling" or preparation exercise, guidance, thought for the day, suggested "conversations" with Jesus, the Father or Mary, Bible readings and prayer.

Some members of the Spirituality Committee at the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales have set up a supportive Facebook Group for this time, called CCC - Christ, Covid, CommunityIt is a public group open to all who want to reach out to, and be reached by, those affected by Covid-19. It is the space to open doors in spite of, possible) isolation, allow hearts speak to hearts, and share journeys through this wilderness, remembering you are not alone. It promotes the Christ-centred solidarity that is stronger than any illness. It is a space to share thoughts, struggles, hopes, dreams, tips and prayers. Since its establishment on 12 March, this group as at 18 March has 165 members and reaches Christians across many countries.

The Corrymeela Community has produced "Prayers for Community in a Time of Pandemic".

Marriage Care has moved all its face-to-face services to online alternatives using secure webcam and video conferencing technology – just like having face-to-face support, except you talk to a trained counsellor or marriage preparation facilitator online using a secure video link, similar to Skype or FaceTime. 

The Jesuits in Britain have made scripture prayer sheets, known as "prego", available online.

The Irish Catholic Bishops have published a varied selection of prayers for use during the coronavirus pandemic, including Pope Francis' prayer to Mary, an extract from St Patrick's Breastplate, Novena prayers in preparation for the Feast of the Annunciation and a special guide, Praying at Home with St Patrick. A wide variety of broadcast, online and radio parish Masses has also been gathered into one place by the Irish Catholic Bishops.

One priest, Fr Cassidy Stinson, has created a Google spreadsheet inviting followers on Twitter to submit Catholic prayer requests.

Church Action on Poverty has set up a weekly zoom gathering, starting on 2 April: What does it mean to be a Church on the Margins in a time of coronavirus? 

 

Reading, Watching, Listening

The Art of Dying Well has published an interview with a hospital chaplain working with victims of Covid-19. Fr Frankie Mulgrew speaks of ministering to people who are technically alone, and reassuring them they are not really alone, because God is with them.

Check some interesting links for live-streamed theatre, online exhibitions and more on The Tablet's online arts page.

A moving reflection from discalced Carmelite John McGowan, based in Kensington, on self-isolating as a novice, and now. 
 

In a podcast, Cardinal Vincent Nichols looks back on the first Sunday in which there were no public Masses in Westminster Cathedral as a result of the COVID-19 social distancing directive.

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are uploading a daily podcast of a reading from St Matthew's Gospel during Lent.

NCR has a Coronavirus Tracker, an aggregated news source with a daily collection of links.

"The final Mass before shutdown at my local Catholic Church was like a bereavement, where people muttered consoling words to on another but with a strong sense of fatalism." Clifford Longley responds to the crisis.

Francis Stewart of Cafod's theology team reflects on what he is learning during Lent from the coronavirus pandemic.

With cinemas shutting down across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, people are turning to streaming platforms to occupy their time during social distancing. Aleteia lists 12 good Catholic movies to watch, starting with A Man for All Seasons, about St Thomas More. 

'Uncertain as this time is, it seems to me that the pandemic is providing an opportunity for us to collectively examine our lives and to perhaps look anew at the unseen and ordinary.' Ryan Birjoo SJ on 'Contemplation in Quarantine'. 

'This morning I spoke on the phone with a Catholic friend who was born in the small village of Zhang Jia Tai. The name of the village indicates that it is the ancestral home of the Zhang family, a common way in which Chinese villages were named. Although the village is in the heart of Hubei province it has completely escaped the ravages of the coronavirus outbreak. Its clean bill of health is due to the fact that it was sealed off from surrounding areas in the early days of the current epidemic.' A series of letters from a Catholic who lives in Wuhan and prefers to remain anonymous, giving a first-hand account of the situation in the city at the centre of the Coronovirus infection, published by ICN.

"They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise, you can hear the birds again." Columbans UK have posted a thoughtful reflection by Fr Richard Hendrick, OFM.

Tina Beattie recommends: "If you're a church goer feeling deprived of worship I recommend Nick Mayhew-Smith's book, 'The Naked Hermit', about the earliest Christians in Britain and how their church was the whole natural world. You too could wade bare-bottomed into the North Sea and sing psalms!" 

A Dominican nun in Summit, New Jersey has offered some tips on self-isolation drawing on her experience of 30 years of "self-isolation".

Fr Thomas Reese has offered his thoughts on spirituality during the outbreak in the National Catholic Reporter.

Also in the NCR, Heidi Schlumpf points out the responsibility of parents for the religious education of their children is even more salient in a time when children cannot attend school or Church.

Wondering which saint to pray to for intercession? The blogger SensusFidelium has posted a list of the patron saints of plagues. 

Alexander Seale wonders, in the Independent, how the pandemic will change the way the Church operates.  

What can we learn from this cloistered nun, who limits contact with the world as a part of the religious life she observes?

VidAngel, a family-friendly streaming app and original content studio, has made all content free for the next two weeks. This includes VidAngel’s popular original series The Chosen about the life of Jesus and his disciples, and Dry Bar Comedy, the standup comedy series featuring the world’s largest collection of clean standup comedy.

A series of reflections on how to cope with anxiety and loneliness in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, including simple Christian meditation techniques and five tips, have been published by the Church of England. A number of actions that could help people feeling isolated or worried, as well as those who grieve, are put forward in a new guide Supporting Good Mental Health and written by Durham University academic Revd Professor Chris Cook with Ruth Rice Director of the Christian mental health charity Renew Wellbeing.

 

Advice

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have put together guidelines for parishes and other organisations.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have recorded a talk with Professor Jim McManus, director of public health for Hertfordshire and a key contributor to the Bishops' Conference Healthcare Reference Group for the Catholic Church. He worked on the bishops' guidelines for Catholics. In this recording, he talks about how we can all do our bit to combat the spread and keep ourselves safe - especially the most vulnerable members of our society. There is also guidance from the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols on how to respond to the crisis.

CSAN and SVP have collaborated on producing guidance on volunteering and other options during the crisis. CSAN has created a dedicated coronavirus webpage which is constantly under development. 

Divine Renovation UK has alist of parish webinars geared towards parish priests and leadership teams as they try to navigate what this new situation means for parish life. The first one, for example, was about taking church online. Divine Renovation say the crisisis sparking a small digital revolution, but for those parishes with no digital expertise or communications, it is difficult to stay connected. And many parishes are also hit by the fact they have few online givers and still rely on collection plates and cash. DR have created a space for parishes to learn from each other, and have had priests and lay leaders joining from 17 different dioceses in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

"The key guidance right now is to remain balanced and ensure you are well prepared." The UK Consortium of LGBT+ Voluntary and Community Organisations, of which LGBT Catholics is a member, is offering advice in the crisis.

Official NHS Advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker is available online. It is freely available and will continue to be updated throughout the crisis. The tracker launches with data from 73 countries so far, including China, South Korea, Italy, UK, Canada and USA.  

Cinnamon Network is developing a toolkit of resources to help churches respond to the needs of their communities, pooling knowledge, drawing on advice from expert partners and using technology to empower the church to bring hope to their communities. All denominations welcome. 

 

 
Wales
BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales will be maintaining their commitment to religious programming, using Skype to enable religious and humanist celebrants to hold virtual faith gatherings.  And on BBC Radio Wales, the Good Friday Meditation will be presented by the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Revd. John Davies.
 
Scotland
BBC Scotland is doing a new weekly faith service every Sunday morning on TV – Reflections From The Quay – in addition to our regular weekly religious programmes on Radio Scotland (also on Sunday mornings.)
 
Local radio
Cardinal Nichols will be leading a service on all 39 BBC local radio stations on Easter Sunday from 8am. 
 
 
Easter coverage on network TV and radio.
Airing across the weekend, Easter From King’s on BBC Two sees music and readings from the fan-vaulted Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, with the world-famous choir singing some of the best-loved choral music for the season. On Easter Sunday a special edition of Sunday Worship will air on BBC One, with an Easter service coming from Bangor Cathedral in Wales, led by the Dean of Bangor, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones. And on BBC One, Urbi et Orbi will show Pope Francis deliver his Easter Message and Blessing live from Rome.
On BBC radio, Dan Walker brings an assortment of spiritual and traditional music to Radio 2 on Good Friday with At the Foot Of The Cross, recorded at Maida Vale Studios, which also features a dramatic retelling of the crucifixion by author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
 
The Three Vicars are back on Radio 4 on Easter Sunday for a special episode of Three Vicars Talking, with the Revs Richard Coles, Kate Bottley and Giles Fraser talking all things Easter, from Ash Wednesday through to the Resurrection. Elsewhere, the Archbishop of Canterbury leads Radio 4's Easter Sunday Worship, and Prayer of the Day will continue throughout Easter, broadcasting a range of multi-faith contributors and reflecting on the mood of the moment.
 
During the Coronavirus crisis,  the BBC has a virtual church service on Sunday mornings across local radio in England, led initially by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In addition, we are broadcasting a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One and are exploring how to support other religions and denominations across television and radio, including in the run-up to Ramadan. Further details will be announced shortly.

 

 

 

If you know of any more, or would like your group or church listed here, please email us.


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