News and Events at St Mary Magdalen
Fr Adrian will be celebrating Sunday Mass from St Mary Magdalen's at 11am which will be
live-streamed via Zoom. Parish members who have subscribed with their email address will receive an email detailing the link and password the day before the Mass.
Message from the Catholic Archbishops' of England
In light of the recent announcement (23rd June) of the next phase of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions by the Government the four Archbishops of England have issued a joint message.
Click here to read the message in full and click here to download a PDF copy.
"On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4th July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy... Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist."
"We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith
in such creative ways, not least in the family home..."
"With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path
that lies ahead... We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities..."
"It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening
after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation."
"We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass...
Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending
Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations
and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people."
"As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other,
come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Yours devotedly in Christ
✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster ✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham ✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark"
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.
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 www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet
A particular way to listen to or join in the prayers is through a sung version
which can be found every day on EWTN.com or via https://youtu.be/p5TGfisOKMM.