Due to the current COVID-19 health pandemic, St Catherine’s is now closed. This therefore affects all the sacraments.
Baptisms, Weddings, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
Baptisms, weddings, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are postponed until public health advice is that congregations can gather safely.
Confessions are no longer being heard as the Church is closed until further notice.
Funerals are now only taking place at the graveside or at the crematorium subject to specific conditions. Arrangements should be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memoriam once public health advice allows congregations to gather safely. Further information on Catholic funerals and cremations can be found here.
Anointing of the Sick
No pastoral visits will be made until the isolation period ends. Telephone support can be offered. Please do contact the Parish Office for arrangements: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayers during a time of ‘flu and illness
taken from the website of Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales
When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a
fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to
serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by
demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses
and bore our diseases’. Matthew 8:14-17
General Prayer for Health
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ
beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath
me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that
love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Prayer for those in Authority
Loving God, in Christ Jesus, the servant of all, you call us to the service of
others. Grant to those who govern the community the skill to recognise its
urgent needs and the strength to pursue the common good. Endow us all with
patience and courage, that we may care for the suffering, feed the hungry,
shelter the homeless, and sustain the needy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Health Staff
Wondrous God, author of life, you fashioned us in your likeness and breathed
into us the life which is your own. Be with those whose special care is the
health of mind and body. Fill their hearts with awe for the life which is your gift
and sustain them daily in your service, that their hands may bring to others the
comfort of your healing touch. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for those Affected
Merciful God come to the help of your people. Be our shelter in this time of
peril and strengthen the bonds of our community. Bring healing to all who
suffer the ravages of disease and assist those whose skill and art can put an
end to this affliction. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, our refuge and our shield, even when we walk in the shadow of death
you are there at our side. Be with your people in this time of danger: bring
strength to the afflicted and protection to those untouched by disease. Give us
love and courage, that we may trust in your power to save and reach out to all
who need our care. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of
Christ, 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 traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to
remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we
do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. (cf.
Celebrating the Mass 212)
My Jesus, 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. Amen.
Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
Invocation of Our Lady
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone
who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession
was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins,
my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother
of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Prayer of St Ignatius
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my
entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I
return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love
and your grace, that is enough for me.
Prayer for the Household
Hear us, Lord, and send your angel from heaven to visit and protect, to comfort
and defend all who live in this house. Amen.