In the face of lockdown, communities have been pulling together to adapt and connect in new ways.
We’ve been amazed at how you, our supporters, have come together – whether it be through the facebook community or at the Sunday Children’s Liturgy – and we have lots of virtual ways to keep you updated and connected to our global communities.
Our first virtual mass
Places of worship were among some of the many places forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 but thanks to live-steaming technology, the Catholic community can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.
We’ve decided to hold our first ever live-steamed mass this Wednesday – and we would love for you to join us.
The mass, which will be celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes, will be taking place this Wednesday 1 April at 6pm, BST and you can register online before.
In addition to the CAFOD mass, local parishes and Cathedrals are also live-streaming services throughout the week. In our diocese there are virtual services in parishes and at the cathedral here: https://northamptondiocese.org/live/
Praying beyond mass
Our Theology team have published prayers on our website for all those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
We are also holding an online prayer and reflection session, followed by a virtual coffee morning.
Beginning at 11 am, we will be welcoming supporters from across the country to join us in prayer and there will be time to break out and discuss afterwards.
Please join us on Tuesday 7 April, 11 am-12 pm – and remember your brew! Sign up here: Prayer and chat
Online talks: COVID-19 and the impact on international development
COVID-19 has now spread to every continent except Antarctica with confirmed cases in several African and Asian countries where CAFOD works.
We are now hearing about the catastrophic situations that will arise if there was an outbreak of COVID-19 in developing countries with weaker healthcare systems, or in a refugee camp with limited handwashing facilities.
Through the church, we can reach communities that others can’t – and you can find out more on Thursday 2 April, 11 am-12 pm. Sign up here: COVID-19 and the impact on international development.
We would really like to stay connected and reach out to our wider community. Do let us know if you’ve heard of any heart-warming stories from any Northampton diocese parishes that we could share or if you have any ideas about how to bring our community together.