Coronavirus

Our Seminarian, Joseph Meigh, will be updating this page as much as possible with the latest information, so please keep checking back – and please subscribe to our mailing list below.

Details of where to live stream Masses are given at the bottom of this page.

DAILY MASS VIA ZOOM

You can join us for Mass, live from Corpus Christi with Canon Tom, every day at 9am (except Wednesdays, 6.30pm). For the link & password, please subscribe to our email mailing list, using the form below. Zoom is free to download, and very easy to use. You don’t have to share your video, though of course it’s lovely to see everyone when you do.

 

PREPARING FOR PENTECOST

Read our latest email update on ‘Praying for our hospital’.

 

LETTERS FROM LOCKDOWN: EPISODE 6

Episode 5 is now online of our Bible Study on Philippians, with Joseph Meigh and fellow Clifton Seminarian, Stuart Ford.

Philippians is very short – only 4 pages long – but is known as one of St Paul’s most joy-filled letters, so is a wonderful way for us to enter more deeply into the season of joy which is Eastertide. Perhaps especially it might help us find joy in our current situation of lockdown, because Paul was writing it from his prison cell – so it shows us how that deepest kind of joy wells up from our relationship with Christ which is within us, whatever our external circumstances

Catch up on the full series here:

Episode 1 – To Live is Christ

Episode 2 – Let Every Tongue Confess

Episode 3 – As Lights in the World

Episode 4 – I Count It All as Loss

Episode 5 – What Lies Ahead

Episode 6 – And Again I Say Rejoice

 

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER: GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

Please have a look at this weekend’s PDF newsletter.

This weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, so we’re thinking about how we hear the voice of the Shepherd, and discern the ways that he’s leading us to follow Him each day of our lives. Joseph Meigh, our seminarian, was asked to record a talk for the Diocesan website, reflecting on the Sunday Gospel and on his experience of discerning a calling to priesthood – you can hear this below:

I’d also like to share with you a couple of videos we put together last year in the Seminary. The longer one is something we made to try to give a ‘taste’ of what Seminary life is like – which might be helpful for men discerning a vocation to the priesthood, but also for everyone in parishes to be able to see where and how their priests are formed. Look out for Deacon Thomas Lawes, showing off the gym equipment(!), who will be ordained priest this summer, please God.


The second video is a piece of choral music which I wrote for our seminary schola to sing at our patronal feast, St John’s Day, a couple of years ago – along with some beautiful aerial views of the seminary. I’m hoping it’ll a few minutes of meditative calm which you might be able to use to pray for us all there: because we rely every day on people back home praying for us who are in formation, for the priests who live with us at the Seminary, and those who come in from parishes to teach, and of course for new vocations to come and join us. Thank you so much for your prayers!

 

CORPUS CHRISTI MAGAZINE

You can view the May 2020 edition of the new Corpus Christi Parish Magazine!

 

 

CATHOLIC WESTON ON YOUTUBE

NHS Night Prayer
Joseph Meigh offers sung Compline (Night Prayer), particularly for workers in the NHS, care homes, and other healthcare organisations. Words are provided on-screen.

Passiontide Holy Hour: Adoration, Prayer, Poetry, Scripture, Songs, and Silence
Joseph Meigh leads a Holy Hour to mark the transition from Lent to Passiontide, with special guests via video link! A video Holy Hour, lending a new meaning to Jesus’ question in Gethsemane, ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’ (Matthew 26.40). See the video description for the ‘running order’.

Stations of the Cross with Canon Tom
Canon Tom Gunning leads the Stations of the Cross from Corpus Christi. The stations are taken from the book by Sr Beda Brooks, a Benedictine nun of the Bavarian Abbey of St Walburg, Eichstätt.

Joseph Meigh: Why is England called ‘Mary’s Dowry’?
Seminarian Joseph Meigh takes a walk along the beach, and discusses what ‘Mary’s dowry’ means, why it’s connected to Walsingham, and what it means to dedicate ourselves to Mary. He also shares his favourite Marian poem, ‘The Pool of God’ by Jessica Powers.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Hopefully the ‘Stations of the Cross’ is one of those devotions which can easily be done from home. But just in case you’re missing your ‘other home’, we’ve uploaded the Stations from Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Lourdes on our new Stations of the Cross page! What’s more, we’ve even got a video of Canon Tom leading us in the devotion…

 

LIVE STREAMS OF LIVING WATERS

If you look at the menu at the top, you’ll notice a new page for ‘Live Streams‘. We’re still working on one for Corpus Christi, but St Joseph’s have theirs up and running with daily Mass (in Polish) & Adoration at 9am with Fr Wiesław Garbacz.

 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON PRAYING

Very sadly, due to the public health situation, the churches have had to be temporarily closed.

As of Tuesday 24th March, this means the church doors will have to be locked at all times, as part of the effort to avoid any possibility of spreading the virus from one person to another.

SACRAMENTS According to the bishops’ guidelines, there are to be no gatherings whatsoever, which sadly will include First Holy Communions, Baptisms, and Marriages. Funerals will have to be held at the graveside or crematorium, with a Memorial Mass organised for as soon as possible once congregations are able to gather together again.

NO PUBLIC MASSES On the 18th March 2020, the Bishops of England & Wales have made the painful decision that it is currently unsafe to gather for public acts of worship, and therefore there will be no public Masses until further notice. Click here to read the letter from Cardinal Nichols. Please note that Catholics are NOT under obligation to attend Sunday Mass whilst these measures are in force.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME Please click here for a message from Alan Malone.

 

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WATCH MASS ONLINE

Canon Tom will continue to offer Mass in private. We hope to be able to ‘live stream’ it soon!  In the meantime, there are many places where you can watch Mass online, such as…
• Clifton Cathedral – Daily Mass at 9.30am
• Nailsea & Portishead – Daily Mass at 12 noon with Fr Tom Dubois
• Walsingham – Daily Mass at 12 noon
St Joseph’s, Weston – Daily Mass (in Polish) & Adoration at 9am

Alternatively, there are websites which compile a timetable of Masses streamed from around the world – with Masses departing more regularly than trains out of Temple Meads!
• ChurchServicesTV
• Mass-Online.org

You can also get live Catholic TV and Radio from EWTN UK, which shows:
• 6am Pope Francis’ Private Mass from Santa Marta
• 12 noon Daily Mass
• 11pm Late Night Mass

JOIN IN AT HOME

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T GET TO MASS Click here to view the article from the CTS. This includes prayers for making a ‘spiritual communion’ (also reproduced on our newsletter).

FOLLOW THE DAILY MASS READINGS This is a very good way to participate in the life of the Church even when unable to get to Mass. For phones, try the free Magnificat App. On computers, try Universalis.com.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Join in with pictures – and even a video with Canon Tom – of the Stations of the Cross from Weston churches – see our Stations of the Cross page!

There are loads of Catholic resources currently going free, which I’ll be adding here over the next few days, and also flagging up on our email newsletter (did I mention that you can sign up to our email newsletter?)