This page will show a livestream of our parish masses. It will only be live for the Mass itself. The image will change so that you'll see the church. You'll need to press the play button that appears when you hover your mouse over the picture. Please get in contact if you have any problems! If you want the words of Mass, so as to follow along, you can get them here. If you want to watch fullscreen on you can do so at Boxcast. You can find recordings of previous Masses on Vimeo. Please note that the link to boxcast is particular to each day's Mass and so needs to be manually changed each day - if going to the boxcast site it's showing yesterday's date, this is because we've forgotten to do this - do let us know or watch the livestream here. The transfer of videos to Vimeo is also a manual process - if we miss one do let us know.
Masses are now at normal times (see newsletter).
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
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.
based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
Join us for tea and coffee after Mass! On Sundays we're inviting you to join us here for a virtual chat.
We wanted to give people the opportunity to continue giving to the parish, despite not having a physical collection basket. If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so using the button below. If you have a PayPal account you can use this and if not just choose the donate by card option. You can also Gift Aid your donation. All donations will go into the St Francis Parish account and be shared between our two parishes. Very many thanks for your kindness and generosity.
Pope Francis has invited everyone to take part in the Laudato si’ Year, which is promoted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and runs from 24 May 2020 until 24 May 2021. “I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis has also announced a special prayer dedicated to the Laudato si’ Year.
Our parish virtual choir's wonderful Pentecost hymn
Here are a few spiritual resources that you might find helpful at this time:
Christian Art will send you one newsletter a day with the Gospel reading of the day, alongside a work of art which is poignant, reflective and appropriate to that reading. There is also a short reflection on the artwork and the reading.
Join Father Stephen Wang each day as he live streams on the You Tube channel ‘Pause for Faith’. It’s an informal conversation about living the Christian faith, with some Catholic history, the lives of the saints, Christian teaching, spiritual traditions, practical tips for everyday life, contemporary issues facing the Church and the world, some Q&A and interviews.
All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett - the beautiful film about the inspiring young sister who died in the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador.
Ten Ten is offering families the opportunity to access free resources (normally only available on subscription) for the home. These include Sunday Liturgy for Families, Daily Prayers for Home and 15 Prayers during School Closure.
Art that Comforts: a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News of 25 masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.
The Chosen, a superb new series on the life of Jesus and His disciples. This is probably the best I've ever seen and I would highly recommend trying it
Thomistic Institute Quarantine Lectures - daily lectures by Dominican Friars
Formed – www.formed.org
Sacred Heart Major Seminary free course - shms.edu/encounter
Free access to Magnificat online - www.magnificat.com/free
Fabulous programme to help in managing confinement from a team of French Catholic Psychologists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, etc (In French) – https://www.mon-coaching-peppsy.com
Totus Tuus - http://www.totus2us.org
Ideas from CTS - https://www.ctsbooks.org/blog
Prayers from the Bishops Conference that you can download to pray at home
24 hours a day prayer at the National Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham - https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/
If you were touched by Pope Francis' words at the Urbi et Orbi blessing and would like to reflect further on them, find them here.
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