We record the Mass from our parish church in Bodmin every Sunday for the benefit of our parishioners, most especially the sick and the housebound, who are unable to be with us in church. You can listen from your computer by clicking on the arrow below. The celebrant is our parish priest, Fr Ciaran McGuinness, unless otherwise stated.
Mass for Sunday 15th March 2020 3rd Sunday of Lent A Psalter 3
Celebrant: Fr Ciaran McGuinness
Exodus 17:3-7 Give us water to drink
Psalm 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
Romans 5:1-2.5-8 The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us,
John 4:5-42 A spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Homily: Jesus came to be with us.
In addition to the letter below hymn sheets will now be available each Sunday in place of hymn books.
Diocese of Plymouth
From the Office of the Bishop
Dear Father 5 th March 2020
Re: Updated Coronavirus Guidance
At least two of our deaneries have had confirmed cases of Covid-19 and it would seem, therefore, that the Coronavirus is circulating in our communities. Given this new reality, we are arriving at Stage 2 of the Bishop’s Conference advice. I would, therefore, ask us all to take the following measures, where possible.
All priests, deacons, altar servers and extraodinary ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands before Mass begins and use an alcohol-based, anti-bacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion.
- Please discern how to do this best, whilst maintaining the reverence of the Mass
- Ensure all vessels used at Mass, once purified, are thoroughly washed with soap and hot water after each use.
During all Masses and liturgies:
- Refrain from physical contact during the Sign of Peace (note: the Sign of Peace can be exchanged without physical contact)
- Refrain from distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful via the Chalice
- Given the frequency of direct contact with saliva in the distribution of Holy Communion on the tongue, every consideration should be given by each individual to receive Holy Communion reverently on the hand, for the time being Refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer
- Refrain from Holy Water fonts
Faithful who are sick or are experiencing symptoms of sickness are not obliged to attend Mass, and out of charity they ought not to attend. The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2181 allows for this, for serious reasons, like illness.
I thank you for your cooperation. Please make this letter available to the people, by reproducing it and distributing it with the Newsletter, placing a copy on your webpage, and on parish noticeboards. Let us keep the sick and our health-care professionals very much in our prayers at this time.
Rt Rev Mark O’Toole
Bishop of Plymouth
Plymouth Diocesan Trust (Registered Charity Number 213227)