Fr David is very available by telephone for calls (06 124 104 31). Our Pastoral Assistants – Danielle Los (06 111 50 152) and Harry Barrowclough (0344 572 799) – are also available by telephone. Local Contacts have been making friendly calls to encourage those in their area.
We have now made further arrangements for pastoral care during this pandemic. Danielle Los, our Pastoral Assistant, will coordinate this special care. Please contact Danielle Los at 06 111 50 152 if you are sick, or if you are self-isolating, or if you are in need of any assistance, or would like prayers or someone to speak to more regularly. Please also contact her if you are willing to provide help to others. She can make connections between those who live close by. She will engage the Prayer Ministry Team. We also encourage you all to continue to connect with one another for mutual encouragement.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued this guidance for pastoral visits during this time:
In circumstances where people are self-isolating because they are symptomatic or have been in contact with someone who has been symptomatic, no pastoral visits should be undertaken until their isolation ends. However, do offer phone support.
In circumstances where someone is self-isolating for their protection and a pastoral visit is thought to be necessary, please make sure you follow rigorous health and hygiene practices and maintain social distancing.
Let us pray to God for protection from this peril, for the stopping of its transmission, for healing for those who are sick, for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, for protection of the health care workers, for those affected financially, socially or spiritually, and for wisdom for leaders of governments to take the best measures. May our hearts look heavenward and to the needs of our neighbour and may love increase.
We wish you a blessed Lent as we journey together with Jesus to Jerusalem in the Way of the Cross and to celebrate His glorious Resurrection.