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Bishops’ Statement: Honouring Sunday

IDuring the pandemic, public worship was suspended for a time and there have been restrictions on parish life. As a result, people have been exploring other ways to practice their faith including Spiritual Communion via live streaming.

As people begin returning to more regular patterns of parish life and following the first face to face meeting of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in Leeds, the bishops have issued the following statement about the importance of honouring Sunday:



Honouring Sunday

As the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops of England and Wales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and fears, the joys and anxieties of all who are sharing their thoughts and feelings with us.

Longing for our Lord

We are attentive to the experience of the last year or so, when we have lived our faith through the limitations of the pandemic. We have heard of the longing which some express as a “homesickness”. We want to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We yearn to celebrate the sacraments together, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We desire to be nourished by our Lord in Holy Communion. The live streaming of the Mass and the remarkable response of our Catholic communities to those in need, have provided comfort, sustenance and resilience.

The Eucharist, source and summit

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our spiritual and pastoral life. Many people have said to us that they have appreciated the noble simplicity of the Mass at this time, which has allowed the mystery and majesty of our Lord’s sacrificial love to shine through.

The central appeal of the Mass, its beauty and its transcendence, raises our minds and hearts to God in an unambiguous and compelling manner. Our Lord Jesus invites us to receive anew the gift of Sunday as the preeminent day, the day of the Resurrection, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist. Here we stand together before our heavenly Father, offering our thanksgiving and prayer, through our Saviour in the Holy Spirit. Here we receive Christ in his Word. Here we are nourished by Christ in his precious Body and Blood. This is our primary joy, for which there is no substitute, and from which we draw our strength.

The Gift of the Sunday Eucharist

The Sunday Eucharist is a gift; as God’s holy people we are called to praise and thank God in the most sublime way possible. When the Church speaks of the Sunday obligation, it reminds us that attending Mass is a personal response to the selfless offering of Christ’s love.

At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, we recognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.

Responding to the Gift

We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed in recent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include consideration and reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or other leisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to every Catholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lord whom we encounter in the Mass.

The Sunday Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and of our personal life of faith. We gather on the “first day of the week,” and devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42). The Eucharist sustains us and spurs us on, renewing our gratitude and our hope. When we say “Amen” to Christ in receiving his Body and Blood, we express the love of God which is deep within us, and at the end of Mass, when we are sent forth, we express our love for our neighbour, especially those in need. These two dimensions reveal the full meaning of our faith. We are gathered together and sent out, we pray and are fed, we worship and we adore; these are intrinsic to our lives as those baptised into Christ.

Approved at the Plenary Assembly of Bishops in Leeds.

Thursday 18 November 2021




Fr Sergio Haro - Parish Priest 

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Attending Christmas Mass? Make plans well in advance

CHRISTMAS VIGIL: 24th December at 6 pm (Everyone is most welcome, Children and Families are especially invited);

CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT: 24th December at 11 pm (23 Hours) (Everyone is most welcome, Young people are especially invited);

CHRISTMAS DAY: 25th December at 10 am: Everyone is most welcome.

Family Cribs will be blessed at all Masses on the 4th Sunday of Advent (18th-19th December) and Christmas.


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PLEASE NOTE:

From Monday 19th July at Blessed Sacrament Parish Church

Advice to parishes in the Archdiocese of Liverpool from Monday July 19th 2021 

Due to the fact that the pandemic is far from over it is not the intention to restore an obligation to the attendance at Sunday Mass at this point. People should be reminded of the importance of keeping Sunday holy and if possible attending Mass weekly.

In preparation for the legal changes to Covid regulations that will come in to force on Monday July 19th this is what is being offered as the way forward for each parish in the Archdiocese:

  • Face coverings will remain mandatory for all those coming to a church service. (Exemptions for medical reasons excluded.)
  • Social distancing will not be mandatory in our churches.
  • A section of the Church for those who would feel safer and less vulnerable by maintaining socially distanced benches and sitting. St George’s Chapel will be reserved at Blessed Sac.
  • Hand sanitising will remain necessary as people arrive. (There will be no need to sanitise benches or people at the end.) A steward will be available to remind people to do this as they come in.
  • The capacity of each church will depend on point 2 above.
  • Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms The numbers are limited by the capacity of each building.
  • Holy Communion (in the hand) should be restored to its traditional place and with a procession (trying to accommodate those who wish to retain social distancing.) A steward will invite people to the Communion procession row by row. There will be a Special trained Eucharistic Minister at St George’s Chapel for those who want to keep social distance, and another more with the P.Priest in the main church at Blessed Sacrament.
  • Communion on the tongue is permissible but it must take place at the end of Communion and the priests must use sanitiser after each communicant has presented themselves.
  • Holy Communion under both kinds will not be re-introduced at this time.
  • Mass will end in the traditional way.
  • Singing can be restored.
  • Hymn books and service books can be used but only once a day.
  • The collection basket/plate should still not be passed around.
  • The Procession of Gifts may be restored (encouraging the use of sanitiser.)
  • The sign of peace can be restored but without any touching, ie by a gesture.
  • Home visits can resume with appropriate caution.


How To Request Baptism Certificates 

As the Parish Office is closed, if you need to request a Baptism Certificate, contact the Welcomer Steward when you come to Mass. You need to provide some details and also a stamped, addressed envelope. If you do not live in the area, you can send the request by post. Requests by post are accepted only for those who live far from L9. You also need to send a stamped, addressed envelope and some details: full name, date of birth, date of Baptism if known. It may take longer than usual. Sorry for all the inconvenience caused by the coronavirus restrictions but these are necessary precautions to keep you safe during these difficult times.

Postal address for requests: 7-9 Park Vale Road, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 2DG


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