You will find suggestions of websites that offer televised masses and services and prayers appropriate for the current situation, along with local information which might be of help to you. (Click on the BLUE highlights to link to the web pages.)

Latest update: Thursday 6th August 2020

Please go to the new page here for details of attending Mass at St Andrew’s in the coming weeks.

For advice and national regulations for dealing with COVID-19 issues go to the HM Government website here.

There are lots of televised masses; some need to be watched live, others are recorded and can be joined later.

Streaming close to us comes from St Peter and The Good Shepherd, Bearstead  and St Teresa’s, Ashford. For streaming services from other parishes of our Diocese look here.

The Archdiocese of Southwark also has streaming services. There is a new posting of a celebration of Archbishop John’s 25th anniversay of his ordination. This took place on 29th July.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has up to date news.  The recent guidance on collective worship in Catholic churches is designed to help parish priests comply with the government’s public health and social distancing requirements. There’s also other links: online services and prayers for the sick; the latest Government guidance; and Catholic charities working hard to support the needy.

The Vatican has published a downloadable booklet named Strong in the Face of Tribulation which offers a collection of prayers, intercessions and homilies to help sustain the Church’s sense of communion amid the coronavirus pandemic. Look too, at the link to Vatican News on YouTube for videos of recent papal services and events.

There are video services available through the Diocese of Westminster. There is also a series of short videos from leading Christian leaders from across the Nation with the theme of  “We need to keep on praying”.

You could also visit our neighbours in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and see the live streams from around the Diocese, including a stream from Arundel Cathedral. The stream of podcasts from Bishop Richard continues on a weekly basis.

There is a streaming service from Redemptorist Publications based in Hampshire, which provides resources to support Christians of  both Catholic and Anglican disciplines. There is a Holy Mass Online for Sunday 2nd August celebrated by Fr Denis McBride and also a DVD of the Stations of the Cross with Fr Denis.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales offers a page with an up to date weekly schedule of televised Masses principally across the UK and Ireland. Finally, there is a schedule of services and events from Livestream at the Shrine in Walsingham.

For broader reflections see the Southwark Spirituality Commission.

If you want up to date news and other ideas, try the Catholic Herald or the Catholic Universe. Both have a wide range of topical information.

A reminder to continue to support the Parish financially. Please remember that during this challenging time our Parish still has administrative charges to meet, so your support will remain vital. If you are not able to get to the Church, please follow the guidelines below. It is recommended that every Sunday you put your donation in an envelope and keep it in a safe place until you go to Church again, using your Gift Aid envelope as usual. However unfortunately it is exactly at this time that the new Gift Aid envelopes are distributed.  So, it is suggested that Gift Aiders put their name and their Gift Aid number on the envelopes that you use for your donation each week.  Then you can bring them all to Church with you the when it is open again.  For the range of ways you can support the Parish, please look at this site.

If our Church is closed whilst being refurbished, you are able to have two hours of  ‘private prayer’ in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday mornings between 10am to 12 midday. For this we may have to use our Parish Centre; detailed arrangements can be found in our weekly newsletter for 21 June 2020. If you wish to attend a Mass, please go to this page where all the timings and details may be found.

To see a local C of E church website, have a look at St Mildred’s Church in Tenterden for their daily bulletins. For other news of  the local situation in Tenterden, see the My Tenterden newsletter published on 3rd August. It provides information of What’s On in the town, as the Railway starts again and shops’ opening hours, along with offers of help and opportunities to help others.

Here is the latest newsletter from our local Police Community Support Officer, Katherine Richards. This month she points out the number of local people and communities who are making face masks for you to collect. She also alerts us to the growing issue of pet dogs being stolen in Tenterden. Katherine tells us of some missing dogs to look out for and how we can help.

Some prayers for today:

Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus

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.

The Pandemic – a prayer

Almighty and eternal God,  our refuge in every danger,  to whom we turn in our distress. In faith we pray, look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A prayer for our parish

O God, protector of all who hope in you, bless your people, keep them safe, defend them, prepare them that, free from sin and safe from the enemy, they may persevere always in your love. Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.