Resources for use by people and parishes during this time
Posted on the 2nd Apr 2020 in the category Statements
During the current situation with Coronavirus, whilst churches are closed, we are working with The Society to provide a range of resources for use by people that will help them to pray at home.
Praying At Home Booklet
We have produced a booklet of prayers and devotions that people can use to aid their prayer life at home during the current situation when we are not able to pray together physically. This resource can be downloaded and printed as a booklet, and we encourage people to use these prayers during this time. The booklet can be downloaded HERE.
Saints of the month for June
Although we are praying and worshipping in our homes, we never pray alone. We pray with the Church around the world and our prayers are joined with those of the company of heaven. In this booklet there are a selection of biographies of saints and holy people whose feast days occur this month, as well as prayers you might find helpful. You can download the booklet HERE
This film, presented by the Bishop of Fulham and produced by the Church Union and The Society is a prayerful reflection on the Feast of Pentecost. You can watch the film HERE
The Bishop of Fulham has produced some excellent resources to help us in praying the Rosary. You can watch Bishop Jonathan explaining how to pray the Rosary by clicking here and there are also some downloadable resources HERE
Praying at home with the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Society of Mary has produced a booklet of readings, reflections and prayers that focus on some of the themes that are important at these times; and how Mary is an example for us, as well as someone who prays with us and for us. You can download the booklet HERE
Stations of the Cross
This resource will help us to meditate and pray the Stations of the Cross at home. We are grateful to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham for allowing us to reproduce these meditations from the Pilgrim Manual and Fr Philip Barnes for writing the introduction.
Stations of the Resurrection
In this devotion we follow Jesus and the disciples from Easter morning through to Pentecost. They follow the same pattern as the Stations of the Cross, with a scripture reading, meditation and a prayer. Through these scenes we share in the disciples’ doubts, their misunderstandings, their fears, but most of all their joy in the Risen Jesus. It is the Resurrection of Jesus that, in these very strange times, is our strength and hope. You can download a copy HERE
An Act of Contrition
Many of us will normally want to meet Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconcilation at this time of year, and to leave our sins at the foot of the cross and hear the comforting words of absolution from a priest. This will not be possible this Holy Week and Easter, so we recommend that during Holy Week you make an 'Act of Contrition'. There is a booklet for this HERE
Guild of All Souls
We know that many parishes are investigating live streaming of Mass and the offices during this time. There is some excellent guidance from the Church of England website on how to do this. You can find this guidance by
One of the issues that. people have with live streaming is the quality of the sound. There is a useful guide to getting the best audio results HERE
Worship with children
Clare Williams is offering weekly emails to support parents with activities for Faith at home during the next few weeks - links to resources, specific and seasonal resources all available. Please sign up by emailing Clare by CLICKING HERE
Clare has also set up a blog which gives suggestions for worship as a family and some further resources. You can access the blog HERE.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham’s schools resources page also has some good resources for use at home during this time. You can find them by clicking HERE there are some more suggestions of resources from the Shrine HERE
The Church Union’s ‘Foundations’ resource has material for use on Sundays which you might also find helpful. You can find the free download HERE
Resources from the Church of England
There are lots of resources available from the Church of England and these are being updated regularly. You can find the link HERE
The Church of England has also produced a guide for maintaining good mental health during this period. You can click HERE for this resource
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has produced some other resources to help us pray at home during this time. Click here for more details.
Mass in a time of pandemic
New prayerbook from the Vatican
A new prayerbook has been produced by the Vatican for these times. This can be downloaded HERE
Apps you might find helpful
For those who have a smart phone or tablet, the following list of apps (available for download from your App Store) might be helpful in your daily prayer life. This list is not exhaustive and if you have come across any other good resources, please email Fr Adam by CLICKING HERE
Please be assured of the prayers of all of us at The Church Union at this time.
Calendar of Events
Posted on the 28th Feb 2019 in the category Statements
The calendar of events for 2019 has been published, which details all of the exciting events happening in the Catholic Societies in the Church of England. If you would like a printed copy to display on your church, please contact Fr Adam Edwards email@example.com.
Or get a pdf version by clicking on the link below.