“Mass Online: Practical Advice” to help you prepare for Mass online
Stations of the Cross are being live-streamed during Lent from St Joseph’s, Aberdeen:
- Monday at 18:15 (followed by Mass at 19:00)
- Tuesday at 10:15 (after 09:30 Mass)
Explore Weekly is an activity sheet for primary school-aged children aimed at reinforcing what is learnt during a Children’s Liturgy session in a fun and appropriate way. Usually available on the Ogilvie Centre Website.
However, due to the suspension of Masses, a new extended edition is now available each Friday both here, on the Diocese of Aberdeen Website and on the Ogilvie Centre Website.
On Friday 27th March, Pope Francis prayed before an empty square at St Peter’s Basilica to give a special blessing in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
In this time of exceptional circumstances, Pope Francis will preside over a time of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in St Peter’s Square on Friday 27th March at 17:00 (London time) without a congregation.
We have just heard today that the NET mission team have returned to the USA and our planned NET mission on 24/25 April 2020 in Aberdeen and Inverurie has been cancelled.
Due to the Coronavirus, we have put as many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website (www.ChurchPaper.co.uk) so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community.
Brothers and Sisters, our Lenten caravan is lumbering on. We are like the “mixed multitude” (Ex 12:38) that left Egypt with the Chosen People. We are on our way to Easter, all intent, to use St Paul’s phrases, to be “judged righteous and at peace with God”.
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife.”
Isn’t it good, isn’t it poignant, that our last public Mass for whatever length of time it proves to be coincides with the feast of St Joseph? And should have that call “not to be afraid” at its heart?
Joseph, son of David, was given by God, by the Father, to Mary and Jesus. He was given to be a sacrament, an efficacious sign, of the Father’s own care for the Virgin Mother, and her son, the Word made flesh. Catholic instinct then takes the further step: as Mary and Jesus were entrusted to Joseph, so is the Church throughout her history. “Just as St Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model” (St John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos 1).
Bishop Hugh Gilbert at St Joseph’s Church, Aberdeen
“If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear. You are there.” Familiar, famous words.
“The Lord is my shepherd”: today’s Responsorial Psalm.
“If I should walk in the valley of darkness, no evil would I fear. You are there.”
Scotland’s national Catholic newspaper will be free this week in response to the suspension of public Masses in churches throughout the country. The Scottish Catholic Observer, which has been keeping the faithful informed since 1885, has distributed the newspaper to parishes across Scotland, waiving the cover price this week as a goodwill gesture.
Usually, we go to church to attend Mass. With the temporary suspension of Masses celebrated publicly due to the coronavirus crisis, Mass online remains one of very few, if not the sole way of attending. I’d like to offer a few practical suggestions to make ‘watching’ Mass more participatory.