Coronavirus Update, 18th March 2020

Dear Parishioners of St Anne’s and St Jerome’s

During the celebration of our Masses last weekend, I spoke of impending changes to the way we worship. Those changes have just been announced by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. All public worship in our churches must now cease. This new arrangement will continue until further notice. The rapidly falling number of those attending our Masses and services in the past few days have shown that people have already made these difficult decisions themselves.

How are we to face these difficult days? Last weekend, I asked all those at Mass to create some space and quiet for prayer at home. Liturgical celebrations are no longer our focus for the foreseeable future. The Lord is very close to each one of us at this time.

We must now turn our attention to the elderly and vulnerable. We all know at least some people who are going to be very vulnerable in the weeks ahead. The parish administrator will shortly send an e mail to all whose email address we have, to ask people to form small groups (by email or phone) in different parts of the parishes to locate those most in need. He will also be sending links to spiritual resources and live stream Masses and services.

If anyone has any particular concerns, or need help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office by phone or by email on the following:

01704 872467

The parish website can be found here;

The parish phone and e mails are checked regularly throughout the day.

Let us pray for each other and take care to follow the advice given to us by the authorities. Above all, let us place our trust in the Lord who never abandons His people.

St Jerome and St Anne, pray for us.

God bless you,

Father John

Additional Resources During this time of church closures:-

You may wish to access daily Holy Mass online. Please see the below link contained on “The Word on Fire’ website headed by Bishop Robert Barron who was keynote speaker at ‘Adoremus 2018’

Word on Fire Daily Mass

You may if you wish reflect on the Stations of the Cross using the below link

Stations of the Cross | Bishop Robert Barron


God Our Father,
each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us
at this time, as the Coronavirus
threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper
in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are
suffering, give strength to those
who are aiding the Sick and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ.