Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on 23 March, strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time. Cardinal Vincent Nichols stresses that we must all play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save ‘precious lives’.
Whilst churches are closed, Father Maurice asks people to pray and not to worry. He is saying a private Mass daily at 9.30 and we can be in spiritual communion with him at that time by saying the prayer of St Alphonsus.
Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus
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.