Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Pastoral Advice

  • The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales also recommends some practical steps in their guidelines (version 4, 12/03/2020) to limit the spread of infection, and to protect the most vulnerable in our parishes. 

  • Note that as of 18th March we have effectively moved from Stage 2 to Stage 3:  the suspension of public worship.  Read the Coronavirus Update and the video message from Cardinal Nicholls, from the 18th March.

  • On the 20th March, the Vatican issued a decree granting plenary indulgences to “the faithful suffering from the Covid-19 virus, commonly known as coronavirus, as well as to healthcare workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.”

Spiritual Resources

​Here are some suggestions for spiritual devotion and prayer, especially if unable to attend Mass:

  • In this short video Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of all Catholics in England and Wales, talks about the pain of how this Easter will be different from any other. He speaks of the 'Easter duties' that we make each year around Easter time, to receive Jesus in Holy Communion and to go to sacramental confession - but with churches closed, this won't be possible, and so instead we must make a 'spiritual communion' and a deep act of sorrow out of love for God. Cardinal Vincent's words are very encouraging and are a clear teaching to us that it is God's mercy we trust in at all times, even when getting to Holy Communion and confession are impossible.  Fr Matt, 31st March.

  • This coming Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the holiest week for us as Catholics, when Jesus entered Jerusalem to inaugurate his Kingdom here on earth - though not in the way everyone expected, however. It's so sad we can't gather together for this day and for the days of Holy Week that will follow. But instead let's find some inventive ways to live these feasts from our own homes: this link suggests attaching to the front door or front window some kind of 'branch' as a way of uniting ourselves with the many disciples of Jesus who laid branches for him as he processed into the holy city on a donkey. This is a way that we too can sing 'Hosanna!' to Jesus, even though confined to our own homes for a while. Why not do the same? And why not take a photo and send it to me by email so we can put together a 'parish collage' of front doors and windows? I'll try to do the same on the front gate!  Fr Matt, 31st March.

  • Watch a video message from Canon Jason Jones from the Menevia Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy at the Sacred Heart Church, Morriston.  Here he explains why we need the image of Divine Mercy in our homes, and gives a special blessing.  30th March.

  • Watch the Pope give a special "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from St Peters 27th March.

  • When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly.

  • Additional Prayers for a time of flu and illness.

  • Pray a novena created for this pandemic.  This starts as a group prayer on March 20th, but can be started anytime.

  • Watch Mass on media such as EWTN, Mass-Online or Vatican YouTube; or join the new YouTube channel from our neighbouring parish of St David & St Patrick, Haverfordwest, where Fathers Liam and Matt will be streaming Sunday mass at 10am.  Additional content such as Stations of the Cross and Daily 9am Mass to follow.

  • Follow the daily readings using the Universalis section on our website's homepage.

  • Use this time for spiritual growth, with resources such as the St Paul Center's Quarantined Catholic Hub.  They have enabled free access to the video bible study course by Dr Scott Hahn called "The Eucharist in Scripture", and they already have a free podcast available called The Road to Emmaus.

  • Make an act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

Amen.

General Advice

In our​ parish and wider community, please remember the general published advice:

  • frequent and effective hand washing

  • catch coughs and sneezes in disposable tissues

  • throw away used tissues

  • avoid touching your face

  • self-isolate with fever of 38'C or a new, dry, persistent cough

  • avoid close contact with those that are unwell, unless self-isolating with your household

  • practice social distancing as appropriate.