Although our churches are reopen for Mass, Cardinal Nichols assures us that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains removed during these emergency circumstances. The Mass times across our three parishes can be found in the newsletter by following the tab below.
Many of these Masses and Services are recorded and available any time by going to our live stream page and scrolling down to ‘Watch Videos.’
To join us in prayer as a virtual parish family on Live Stream, go to https://www.churchservices.tv/ourladystockport
Fr. Martin writes:
During this period of national lockdown (or retreat, as we choose to call it) we have seen so many join us for the virtual Masses via the parish link provided. Some are thrilled to have managed to join for the very first time! Please may we continue to help those who struggle with the technology to worship with us? It is also been heart-warming to see so many visiting the Lord for private prayers and some for Confessions. This week, as we come to the end of the month of the Holy Souls during which we have offered daily Masses for all our loved ones whose names are on our altar, we will be offering a special Mass on November 28th for them all, especially those who died recently in our three parishes. We trust that you have sent us all the names, and that you will be joining us and inviting family and friends to join us for that Mass. Wishing us all a happy feast of Christ the King as we welcome the new liturgical year (hopefully a grace-filled and joyful one!) with the First Sunday of Advent next week. God bless!
From the attendance figures, it seems that the second session of Private Prayer after Mass is more popular than the earlier one, so we have decided to open the church only after Mass each morning for a longer session of Private Prayer from 10.45am until 12 noon. The Blessed Sacrament will still be exposed between 9am and 10am and you can adore at home via the live stream.
Suspension of Public Worship until 2nd December: During this health emergency the celebration of Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and weekdays will continue to take place without a public congregation, and you are encouraged to unite yourself spiritually to the daily offering Mass. This might be helped by participating in the live streaming of the Holy Mass, following its prayers at home and making an act of Spiritual Communion. St. Thomas Aquinas described this act of Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.”
An Act of Spiritual Communion:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
You may also wish to join me in praying these prayers for those affected:
Merciful God, come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril and strengthen the bonds of our community. Bring healing to all who suffer
the ravages of disease and assist those whose skill and art can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, our refuge and our shield, even when we walk in the shadow of death you are there at our side.
Be with your people in this time of danger: bring strength to the afflicted and protection to those untouched by disease.
Give us love and courage, that we may trust in your power to save and reach out to all who need our care.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Online giving to the Parish
The link below will take you to the Online Giving page
For those Parishioners who normally give in the collection at Mass and wish to help the Parish at this time, an online donation page to allow you to donate to the Parish has been added to this website.
Please be aware that a minimum donation of £5 is requested if giving in this way.
The Online giving page can also be used to set up a regular monthly donation, and you can also Gift Aid your donation to help the Parish further.
If you want to Gift Aid your donation, please tick the box shown on the screen even if you have previously completed a Gift Aid Declaration form in favour of the Parish for regular giving made by Offertory Envelope or Standing Order.
Thank you for your support.