This Sunday 7th June 2020, Archbishop John Wilson was due to come to our parish and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on some 33 of our young people. Sadly, because of the current global situation, this has had to be deferred, as everyone is aware. Archbishop John recorded a special very well-timed message to all the Catechumens and Candidates, people who had been preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation or to be received in to the Church during the Easter season. During the Pentecost Sunday Mass Homily he spoke particularly to them, but also made a short video for all affected:
Please remember our young people, their catechists and parents, our clergy, and also Archbishop John himself. We very much look forward to welcoming him to St Joseph’s in the future!
The Bishops’ Conference has provided some resources focused on preparation for the celebration of Pentecost: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/focus/
Text of a Pentecost Novena: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/05/Pentecost-Novena.pdf
The Bishops’ Conference have organised a weekly live stream Mass to pray for Keyworkers and their Families. These Masses are celebrated by a different Bishop each Thursday at 7pm from one Cathedrals across the country. Archbishop John will be celebrating the 2nd July Mass. The planned schedule for the next few weeks is:
Bishop Tom Williams
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
Parents have a lot more time with their children at the moment. The diocese is offering a programme they have run in the past in several parishes but now as an online service for families. For more details email Lisette Blanchett-Ball on firstname.lastname@example.org.