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THIS HOLY WEEK
This Holy Week we find ourselves living at a time of national emergency within a global crisis. Our Catholic Faith is designed to cope with such times. When all around is utterly uncertain we fall back on the utter certainty of the Gospel, the Good News, the saving love of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. When we are anxious about ourselves and loved ones, and in many instances not even allowed to visit our aged parents, the priorities of life - what really matters to us – are made very clear.
No ‘quick fix’ is expected. We are set to remain in these distressing times for a good while to come. We must adapt to a new way of living. We have been shaken, and continue to be tested. Life may suffer, but eternal life is beyond the reach of COVID-19.
The Government instructs us to ‘Stay at home; protect the NHS; save lives.’
Jesus instructs us, ‘Make your home in Me as I make My home in you.’
His home will always have Mary at its heart. We will willingly stay in this home. It is no coincidence that we made a national act of Rededication to Our Lady last Sunday. God knew all this would come, and Our Lord wanted us to be given again to His own Mother, ‘Woman, behold your son; son, behold your Mother.'
Let us pray for all affected and afflicted by this pandemic - the sick, those who are dying, the bereaved; and for all those who work to preserve and protect life - our healthcare workers, those who care for people at home, those who work to keep us nourished, both physically and spiritually, those who keep our essential services and utilities functioning.
We should use this time to dedicate ourselves to corporal works of mercy in order to enhance and protect lives, especially those most vulnerable, amongst whom we must count the unborn children.
We can also dedicate ourselves to the spiritual works of mercy, making every effort to save souls, especially those in most need of God’s mercy.
(adapted from the Bishop of Lancaster’s weblog)
DISPENSATION FROM EASTER DUTIES
Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916).
As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.
The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.
This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
An Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
There are times when people are unable to receive the Holy Communion, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive sacramental Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The tradition of spiritual Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual Communion is possible even when we are not able to receive the Sacrament.
MY JESUS, I believe that Thou art present
in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love Thee above all things,
and desire to receive Thee into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace Thee as if Thou art already there
and unite myself entirely to Thee;
never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
Local help for vulnerable persons
The Dome is now a central help hub for Doncaster's elderly residents and other vulnerable persons. If you can't get out to buy essential shopping, to collect prescribed medication or go to a food bank, you can contact the service on 01302 430300
Find out more about the Community Hub: www.dncommunityhub.org.uk