Full Closure of Catholic Churches

Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement last night (23 March) strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.

Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March link

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales  updated its guidelines link.

Fr Alex Austin

This weeks newsletter 29th March  Older Newsletters link


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Make an Act of Spiritual Communion –  This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass being offered. You can make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying the following prayer:

“My Jesus, I believe that You are 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 if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.”

The God Who Speaks   link   Weekly Meditations by Fr Dries Van den Akker S.J on the Paintings of St Matthews Gospel by Peter Clare. Sunday 29th March: Matthew 11:28-30 link

Birmingham Diocesan Trust (the Archdiocese of Birmingham) has launched a new Whistleblowing Policy. This policy aims to help individuals to raise with confidence, and without having to worry about being victimised, discriminated against or disadvantaged in any way, as a result of any serious concerns (including safeguarding issues) they may have about post-holders, colleagues, their employer, or with how the Trust operates. Find the policy at: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/policies. The Diocese is also a member of Protect, formerly Public Concern at Work, who are leading experts in whistleblowing. They provide confidential advice to individuals regarding whistleblowing – visit – https://protect-advice.org.uk/