Pope Francis’ Appeal for Peace
My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people all over the world are feeling anguish and concern. Once again the peace of all is threatened by partisan interests. I would like to appeal to those with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, from who is the God of peace and not of war; who is the Father of all, not just of some, who wants us to be brothers and not enemies.
I pray that all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilising coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.
And now I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God's weapons, with prayer and fasting.
I invite everyone to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace.
I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day.
May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.
COVID–19, A Prayer of Pope Francis
Here is a translation of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video on March 11 asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during the COVID-19 pandemic
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Latest COVID Guidance from Pontop Partnership
The following guidelines still apply:
● Face coverings: Even though it is not compulsory, we continue to strongly recommend that people wear masks throughout our services unless they are medically exempt, and that they are particularly mindful of this if they plan to sing hymns (as we hope everyone will!).
● Hand sanitising: On entering and leaving the building is also still highly recommended.
● It is still advisable to minimise close physical contact where possible between members of separate households. Communion will continue to be given under one kind for the foreseeable future and reception in the hand is still strongly recommended.
● If you have any symptoms that may be COVID, please refrain from attending services until/unless you are able to use a test to verify that it is not COVID.
Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass
The obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is to be re-introduced in England and Wales from Pentecost.
The decision by the English and Welsh Bishops means that, from June 5th 2022 the faithful will be obliged to go to Sunday Mass each week for the first time in more than two years. We understand that there will be still some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday obligation.
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Our Blessed Lady & St Joseph, Brooms
St Patrick, Consett
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St Pius X, Moorside
Our Lady of the Rosary, Shotley Bridge
All Saints, Lanchester
St Teresa, Annfield Plain
St Joseph, Stanley
Sacred Heart, Byermoor
St Patrick, Dipton
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Saturday Vigil Mass Time
Our Blessed Lady & St Joseph, Brooms - 5.30pm
Sunday Mass Times
St Patrick's, Consett - 9.30am
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St Pius, Moorside - 11.00am
Our Lady of the Rosary, Shotley Bridge - 5.30pm
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