News and Events at St Mary Magdalen

Archbishop John Wilson will be celebrating a Live-Streamed Mass from the Cathedral
on Sunday 24th May, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Mass can be viewed by clicking on
this link shortly before 10am on Sunday 24 May.

UK Bishops call for urgent action plan to prevent racial inequality amid Covid-19

The results of a recent survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal a significant disproportion in the number of deaths due to coronavirus among ethnic minorities when compared to their number in the total population of the UK. In light of this, the UK government launched an official inquiry last month to investigate the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on people with black and minority ethnic backgrounds.  According to the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), the factors that affect the ethnic minorities include poverty, employment and housing conditions among others. This is further pronounced with the increased numbers of workers from ethnic minorities in essential services like social care, transportation, healthcare and caregiving.

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the President of the Office for Migration Policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, welcomed the news of the inquiry. He however noted that an inquiry alone is not enough. “The government needs urgently to tackle the known structural inequalities that have left some communities paying such a high price,” he said. “We all have a responsibility to address the long-standing issue of racial inequality in our society that this health crisis has brought to light. The Catholic Association for Racial Justice is also calling for the creation of an action plan to ensure the provision of support for the BAME communities. The association appeals for priority to be given to combating the causes of inequality such as education, income, housing and employment.

The CARJ document can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF document.

An Important Message on 'Easter Duty' and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Please remember that, in this time of ‘lockdown’, the obligation of our ‘Easter duty’ to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion is removed this year, in the same way as it is not an obligation on us to attend Mass
on Sunday since the circumstances we are all going through make it impossible to do so.  The Church teaches that
the Lord, in His mercy, will forgive our sins, even our grievous sins, if we cannot go to Confession in the

Sacrament of Reconciliation, as long as we make what is termed a Perfect Act of Contrition, and go to
the Sacrament of Reconciliation when we next have the opportunity to do so.


How to Make a Perfect Act of Contrition:

Cardinal Vincent Nichols states that the Church teaches us that God in His mercy, forgives our sins when we are truly sorry for them. And when we turn to Him and express our sorrow in an Act of Contrition, it's called an Act of Perfect Contrition when its focus is on the mercy and the love of God rather than on the burden of our guilt.  So to make an act of
Perfect Contrition, we simply need to turn to God and be, as it were, overwhelmed by God's mercy, and then express
in our own words or in the words of the traditional Act of Contrition, the sorrow we feel for our offences against the goodness of God.  When we do that in all sincerity of heart, we may rest assured that God forgives our sins…
the only thing we have to remember is, when it is possible to make a Confession again,
that we mention the grievous sins which were forgiven by this Perfect Act of Contrition.  

You might say, well, why do we have to go to Confession and name our sins?
Part of the reason is often we don't really own them until we name them. And in the act of naming our serious sin,
then we take hold of them and hand them over to Jesus on the Cross, because he takes on the burden of our sin.
When we have the opportunity to go to Confession, we go to the priest who is there representing the person of Jesus
and his mercy. Until then, under these extreme circumstances, we can make use of this great tradition of the Church:


An Act of Contrition: Lord, I am sorry for the times I have sinned against you.
I am sorry because I've offended your infinite goodness because I've turned my back on you.
I ask your forgiveness now. Embrace me in your mercy.  Out of your love that I may pick up again in full joy,
the call of discipleship to follow your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

On the Second Sunday of Easter the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. The message of Divine Mercy is threefold.
It teaches Catholics to pray for Jesus’ mercy, to be merciful, and to completely trust in Jesus.
The chaplet of Divine Mercy is traditionally prayed on Fridays at 3 pm, the hour in which Jesus perished on the cross.
The Divine Mercy prayers are easy to follow and the Chaplet can be prayed on an ordinary Rosary or on your fingers if you don’t have one. They can be found on the website

A particular way to listen to or join in the prayers is through a sung version
which can be found every day on or via

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