This page provides links to resources to help sustain our faith at a time when we are unable to join together physically as a community. If you find the resources helpful, do pass the word onto others. If you discover something else which has brought support to you, spiritually or emotionally or practically, at this difficult time, do let us know and we will share it for the benefit of the wider community.
Affirming our Faith
It has not been possible to gather for our traditional Good Friday Walk of Witness with other Christians this year. Instead, ministers from different churches in Finchley have recorded an Easter affirmation of faith. Thanks to Revd Paul Martin at Trinity Church in North Finchley for compiling the video.
Live Streaming of Mass
While the public celebration of liturgies is suspended, you can participate in Masses that are streamed online. For details, click on the Online Mass Schedule button on the left of this page.
For the benefit of those who are not able to access live streaming, it is possible to hear Mass broadcast on the radio. Radio Maria England broadcasts on DAB radio in the London area. They have Mass each day following the Angelus / Regina Caeli at 12 noon, plus an earlier Mass at 7:30am on weekdays or at 9:30am at the weekends. You need to have one of the newer DAB+ radios to receive the broadcasts. Search for ‘RMariaEn’ on your radio – try running a scan or autotune if you can’t find it. Check their website for the latest schedule, especially for the Easter Triduum.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be leading a service to be broadcast on all of the BBC’s local radio stations at 8am on Easter Sunday, 12th April.
Prayer in Isolation
Prayer can draw us together, even when we are physically separated from each other. A resource that can be used by individuals to deepen that sense of solidarity in prayer is available here. You can read today’s Mass readings each day at Universalis.com. Magnificat are also offering their resources free-of-charge online for the time being.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales offers some reflections to help us experience Holy Week at home.
Prayer for a Pandemic
This Prayer is offered courtesy of the Catholic parishes of Borehamwood.
Candle of Hope
Churches Together in England have produced posters which we are invited to place in our windows as a reminder to others that we are united in prayer, and praying for those around us. There are two versions of the poster, one saying simply that we are praying and the other showing that we are praying for others. Choose one of them to print and place it in your window, as a sign of our solidarity in prayer and in hope. There is a special focus on that shared prayer at 7pm every Sunday evening.
You can access the last four issues of our weekly parish newsletter here. For the benefit of those who like to read the article from Redemptorist Publications that normally appears on the reverse of the printed newsletter, you can read this week’s article here. If you would like the newsletter sent to your email inbox every week, follow the Sign-up link on the right-hand side of this page and then enter your name and email address. You can cancel this service at any time by sending us an email.
Virtual Children’s Liturgy.
CAFOD are offering a virtual children’s liturgy on Sunday morning. Register to join at CAFOD Children’s Liturgy, where you will also find other resources that can be shared with children.
Wednesday Word is a resource that parents can use to share the Sunday Gospel message with their children.
It is heartwarming to see the extent to which so many people are making a special effort to help others at this time. If you know of someone who doesn’t have access to the internet, you might like to print a copy of the weekly newsletter, or one of the other resources listed on this page that they might find helpful, and drop it into them.
The Barnet Wellbeing Service provides some helpful ideas for maintaining health of mind and body as we try to cope with the changed circumstances of our lives.
Not being able to have services in the church is a cause of added distress when a loved one dies. Funerals can still take place at the graveside or crematorium, subject to the restrictions imposed by the authorities. That inevitably means a very small gathering of close family only. The Government has issued guidelines about funeral arrangements. The funeral director will be able to offer specific guidance in individual circumstances. A Memorial Mass can be arranged at a later date when the current restrictions are lifted. The Art of Dying Well website has an article which you might find helpful.
Caritas Westminster provide a service of linking volunteers with those in need of help in the local area.
Beware of Scams!
There are people who are using the present crisis to take advantage of others. Be cautious about dealing with strangers or responding to unexpected messages. See this article on the BBC News website.
Cardinal’s Pastoral Letter
The Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, 22nd March 2020, can be read here.
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