FROM BISHOP PATRICK MCKINNEY

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - 7th June 2020

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed during these emergency circumstances of the lockdown, and for as long as they last. This pandemic is the serious reason why this obligation does not apply at this time.

We are encouraged to develop ways in which we can renew and deepen still more our spiritual relationship with God.

The Congregation for Sacred Worship, speaking about the pandemic, reminds the faithful who cannot receive sacramental absolution, that 'perfect contrition, rooted in love of God who is to be loved above all things, expressed in a sincere request for forgiveness, insofar as the penitent is able to make it at that moment, and accompanied by the firm intention to go to confession as soon as is possible, obtains forgiveness of all sins, including grave sin' (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1452).

Confessions cannot be heard over the telephone. Services of General Absolution cannot be held as this involves travel and the gathering of people.

It is very important that we do not make any changes to the present procedures of churches being closed to the public; no public services and no coffins in churches. I will update with more practical information on opening churches as I receive it.

All liturgies, parish activities and meetings are postponed until further notice. Details of Churches open for private prayer only are available on the Diocesan Website.

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