Ideas whilst public Masses are suspended

Some ways to stay connected with the local church, and so develop and strengthen our faith lives, even though we cannot attend Mass in person.

If you have any additional ideas which may be of use to others in the parish, please suggest them using the form at the bottom of this page (coming soon) and we will add them to the list.

Tune in to live Masses

Come and pray in church

(practising safe distancing at all times)

Pray at home with the family

and in particular with the children

Follow the Sunday and daily readings

  • Universalis

    is an app you can use on your computer, and on Apple and Android devices. It contains all of the daily Mass readings and prayers, the prayers of the Angelus, and the Prayers Divine Office in several languages. Universalis can also be purchased as an audio option; some parishioners may prefer that option especially if they have a sight impairment.
  • Laudate

    An app for Android and Apple devices with the daily readings and more.
  • iMissal

    is an app which includes the readings from the Mass and a collection of Catholic prayers.
  • iBreviary

    an app containing the Liturgy of the Hours and the daily Mass readings.
  • Magnificat

    are currently offering a free online edition of their monthly publication
  • Pray as you Go

    release daily spoken meditations on the readings of the Mass designed to go with you wherever you go. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.
  • Torch

    provides a new homily each week, written by the Dominican Friars.
  • Christian Art Today

    gives a reflection of each day's Gospel, told through art.
  • Lent In Isolation

    is releasing a daily reflection for the rest of Lent which includes the readings from Holy Mass, spiritual guidance from a priest, and a lead Act of Spiritual Communion.

More ideas

  • Recite Psalm 91

  • Click to Pray

    is the home of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and provides three brief moments of prayer each day as well as allowing you share your own prayer intentions for all to pray.
  • Prayers during a time of 'flu and illness

    , prepared by the Liturgy Office
  • The Catholic Herald

    are making all COVID-19 related pages free to access.
  • See the Diocesan website

    for further prayers, ideas, videos and suggestions.
  • Share the parish newsletter or Bishop Philip's reflections with parishioners you are in touch with who are housebound or do not have internet access.

  • A prayer from the Manual of Catholic Prayer:

    Lord Jesus Christ, true physician and heavenly medicine,
    be merciful to us and bring us aid.
    Heal all our sickness, Lord.
    Heal every malady that afflicts Thy people.
    Banish our infirmities of soul and body.
    Rid us of all disease and pestilence.
    And in Thy pity, deal also with the causes of our evil plight,
    so that, in curing our perverseness,
    Thou mayest also remedy our bodily ills. Amen.
  • Hallow

    is a Catholic meditation app to help you find peace and grow in your spiritual journey.
  • An act of spiritual communion.

    A spiritual communion is not the actual physical reception of the Eucharistic Host which we do so when we approach the Altar at Holy Mass. A spiritual communion is a devotion that we can perform on our own whether we are at Mass and not receiving the Eucharist sacramentally or if we are anywhere else. We may make an Act of Spiritual Communion while watching a broadcast of the Mass on the Internet or even in our morning or evening prayers.
    Remember, however, that you can "turn toward the holy tabernacle" and receive Jesus in your heart from anywhere you might happen to be, at any time, day or night! You just need to approach Him with sincerity, humility and a desire to follow in His footsteps in acts of faith and charity.
    After an act of contrition we say the following:
    "My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen."
  • Many CTS publications

    are available to buy for those who have a Kindle.

Ideas for while the schools are closed

  • Audible

    have made a huge collection of childrens audiobooks available for free.