Welcome to our online world of the Roman Catholic Community based in Taunton, Somerset in England. We are a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic group of Catholic Christians who worship the Trinity of God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We are a vibrant community who love and serve our brothers and sisters in this beautiful town and the surrounding countryside. We try to reach out to those on the margins, as well as those at its centre, and offer the hope and challenge that we find in our sacred scriptures. We also work closely with our parish school – St George’s Primary to not only offer a first rate education, but to also nurture a growth in the spiritual dimension of our children. We want to be shining lights of love, hope and peace for our town, our country and our world. Working in partnership with the school and with our parish families we strive to build a community which values everyone, from child to Senior Citizen. We work and we pray that we may build a haven of justice and peace for our world and to offer it the Good News of the Christian Gospel. 
 
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE CHURCH IS CLOSED FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
BUT IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
 

 

For a daily or Sunday Mass please go to Youtube.com and search for Taunton Catholic Church. You will then find a Mass from one of our 2 churches. 

 
SPECIAL RESOURCES FOR DURING THE DISRUPUTION OF MASS
 
The whole of this weeks Newsletter (not just the inside sections).    clickcomplete newsletter Sunday Message
 
Special pages for children.  click.   childrens section 1.   Look page
 
Mass Details    click.    Masses
 
Sunday Bidding Prayers.   click.    Bidding Prayers. 29 March
 

 

Dear Parent

As we are social distancing and unable to hold our Sunday Children Liturgy please find below a link to a Friends and Heroes instalment for your child/children to watch: https://vimeo.com/399503351

Access has very kindly been given to us by the Friends and Heroes team, as a result of the ‘Stay at Home’ instruction imposed by the government, so that we can continue our children’s ministry. The password to access this video is 432135.

There is a worksheet attached in low ink, black and white, version and these can be printed if you have access to a printer. There are also links below to FREE resources to accompany this part episode, some are interactive on the website for which you will need Flash installed.

 

http://www.friendsandheroes.tv/episode35_gpq.html

http://www.friendsandheroes.tv/games/wordsearch_spies_and_lies.html

http://friendsandheroes.tv/e-jigsaw-index-series3.html

http://www.friendsandheroes.tv/series3_gpq.html

Don’t forget you can purchase the Music CD, What about Love? or Puzzle and Colouring Books online at www.friendsandheroes.com/store or you can watch the Easter music video ‘Remember Me’ herewww.friendsandheroes.com/easter
 
Also please see Mr Braud’s page of our Primary School website for other resources and quizzes for children ( and adults) 
go to  www.st-georges-somerset.org.uk

 

 

DECLAN BISHOP OFCLIFTON

 

SUSPENDING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

TO REDUCE RISKS OF COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION

 

As the cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 virus is on the increase , the Government’s Department of Health is making an appeal to the public, that in order to reduce the risk of viral transmission through human contact, they should also avoid visiting crowded places.

 

In response to the request of the health authorities, I am introducing the following special pastoral measures, effective from the evening of Friday 20th March 2020.  The obligation for the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday  or Holy day of Obligation is removed until further notice.

 

  • All churches and chapels, as well as all other places where regular Sunday and weekday public Masses are celebrated, are to suspend all public Masses.

 

  • Wherever possible, during the period, churches will remain open, especially on Sundays, for individual private prayers, without any organised services, and offering prayer before the Blessed

 

  • The faithful may choose one of the following alternatives to attending Sunday Mass:
    • Taking part may include watching a Sunday Mass online, or on television, and so receive Holy Communion spiritually;OR
    • Reflecting on the Sunday Liturgical text, reading the Bible or saying the Rosary

 

  • Priests (parish priest and assistant priests) who hold parochial office may say a daily private Mass in a church within their parish, on the understanding that the public will not be invited to be in Other priests (retired from office or entrusted with a non-parochial ministry) may celebrate Mass without the faithful in a church, chapel or their private home. Deacons should not participate in these celebrations. The continuing celebration of Mass ensures that the faithful can join in spiritual communion with the priests of the church.    

 

  • Baptisms should be deferred until such time when the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely. In case of necessity, baptisms should be celebrated with all the hygiene precautions that have been laid down by the Church in its COVID-19 advice.

 

  • The Sacrament of Penance may be offered on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed,for example a physical barrier between the penitent and the priest such as a grille and cloth.

 

  • First Confession and First Holy Communion celebrations should be postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our

 

  • The celebrations of Confirmation should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume public worship.
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  • Where possible, the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony should be deferred until such time that people can gather in numbers safely. However, if this is not possible and only in the most pressing of circumstances, attendance for the marriage should be restricted to the celebrant, bride and groom and immediate family, and if necessary, the legal Registrar.

 

  • No pastoral visits should be made to people who are self-isolating, though phone support can be offered. When anointing the sick, the Oil of the Sick can be applied using a cotton bud which can be burned afterwards (one for the head and the other for the hands). The priest should extend his hands over the sick person for laying on of hands, without physical contact, which is a valid mode of celebrating the sacraments which involve “laying on of hands”. Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow the infection control advice of staff from the respective

 

  • Funeral services should take place at either the graveside or crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities. Arrangements should be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memoriam when congregations are allowed to gather safely.

 

The Church, being a responsible member of society, has the duty to maintain public hygiene and promote the common good. Therefore, parish clergy, religious and the lay faithful are to strictly comply with the above pastoral measures.

 

Given at St Ambrose on 19th March 2020

 
 
 
 
 
For a daily or Sunday Mass please go to Youtube.com and search for Taunton Catholic Church. You will then find a Mass from one of our 2 churches. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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