Last Updated: Tuesday 31st March 2020 – 9:00pm

This page will be regularly updated with the latest information on the resources available during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Please check back regularly.

Bishop Paul Weekly Video Message – 30th March 2020

Bishop Paul has published his weekly video message.

Bishop Barron on Hope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak has left countless people all over the world asking themselves: Why is God allowing this to happen? How do we respond? And where can we find hope? In this bonus episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” we discuss these and other questions, exploring the ancient problem of evil, the impact of the virus on Catholic sacramental life, and other spiritual dimensions and effects of this crisis.

Pope Francis Gives Extraordinary Blessing

Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on Friday 27th March 2020 to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” You can read an account from Vatican News here.

Bishop Paul Issues Decree – 26th March 2020

Bishop Paul has issued a decree, effective immediately, detailing special pastoral measures.
Click here to read.

Weekly Video Message from Bishop Paul – 24th March

The first weekly video from Bishop Paul has been released. Click here to view.

Both Churches Now closed

Following the advise from the Prime Minister both our churches will now be closed. You will not be able to visit. We will update via the website when the situation improves.

UK Diocesan Newspapers Now Online

Due to the current situation CathCom, who produce newspapers for many Catholic Diocese, have put a number of these online. The website www.churchpaper.co.uk has over 600 editions to view.

Live Streaming from St Clare’s

St Clare’s in Fulwood are now offering live streaming for many of their services. You can also view back previous day’s Mass on the YouTube channel.
Visit St Clare’s website for the full schedule. Click here to view.

Volunteers for Share-It! Foodbank

A message from the team at Share-IT! food bank.
Following government guidance, volunteers over 70 and others with underlying health issues or family vulnerability have been asked to step aside.
So we’re rather down on numbers.
We’re hoping to keep the food bank open on reduced hours:
Tuesday 10am – 11am / 1pm – 2pm
Wednesday 2pm – 3pm
Thursday 10am – 11am
Can you help and support the team? Contact Rosy Townsend rosy.townsend@gmail.com

Message from Canon Adrian

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, has agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from Friday evening 20th March 2020.  Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice.

Please visit our parish website www.standrewscottam.org.uk for further information, where you will find links to where Mass is being streamed online, and other resources to help you pray at home during this time.

Let us all keep each other in our prayers at this time.

Mass Offerings

Canon Adrian continues to say Mass on a daily basis in private. If you would like a Mass offering during this period please use the contact form or post to the presbytery.

Church Opening

Both churches are now closed.

Resources

There are a number of resources that have been published that can help during this period.Please feel free to download these and use as part of your own personal prayer.

Live Streaming of Mass

There are a number of sources where you can follow the Mass from your own home.
Father Andrew at St Clare’s has produced an excellent resource whereby you can join him live for Mass and also on catch-up.