Dear All,

We are entering a time of uncertainty and many people are worried and anxious. We are beginning to feel we are loosing control. I hope that we can put our trust in God and not delude ourselves by thinking we can sort this out. The challenge is to move from ‘worry’ (which means putting us in control) to trust in God (putting him in control). Down through the centuries God has remained faithful to us his people and he will not abandon us at this time. We will need to dig deep and to acknowledge that God loves us, cares for us and will see us through this difficult time. I would like to suggest that families, couples light a candle, to bring your needs and prayers before our heavenly Father and to read a scripture passage.

This morning we received further instructions from Bishop Philip regarding the current Corona Virus situation.

Please see the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter and his instructions going forward.

The biggest change is that from today all weekday and Sunday Masses are to be suspended until further notice.

St James church will continue to be open during the day for people to pray, light a candle etc

Please read through all of these new measures which are meant to keep us and others as safe as possible.

We are in the process of setting up our ‘on line Mass streaming’ service, available to all through YouTube. We parish priests have been asked to celebrate a private daily Massto pray for our people. I am hoping that once we have set this up we can ‘stream’ a Sunday and a daily Mass. You should be able to access this through a link on our website at a time that is convenient to you. More details on this to follow shortly.

Whilst this crisis continues we have suspended our weekly newsletter. Please keep connected via our Facebook group and website. All updates and notifications will be posted on both.

Please be assured you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Best wishes,

Fr John