At least three of the Dominican friars have been diagnosed with Covid, and they are recovering, thank God. The community has been in quarantine for almost a fortnight, but members of the community have thus been prevented from going to their work in essential services as hospital chaplains and prison chaplain.
Due to the health conditions and vulnerabilities of the Dominican friars who serve St Dominic’s Priory church, and in order to safeguard the physical health of our local parish community, the Dominican community has decided to review the services we can currently offer at this time. We will prudently reconsider the situation when Lent begins on 17 February.
For now, the church will be open daily for public Masses only, but there will be no Holy Hour and Benediction, or scheduled Confessions. However, Confessions are available on request or by appointment. Currently, the 6pm Mass (Mon-Sat) and the 12 noon Mass (Sun) are livestreamed on youtube.com/c/RosaryShrineUK.
Singing and serving and reading at the Mass (by non-Dominicans) is suspended for now, so we have also had to temporarily suspend the Dominican rite Sung Mass.
Currently, it is not possible to have in person catechesis so sacramental preparation and baptism courses will be delayed. Where possible, for adults, catechesis will continue online.
We thank you for your prayers for the Dominican community during our quarantine period, and we thank you for your patience and understanding and ongoing support at this very difficult time.
Together, let us entrust our prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary and St Joseph. May they intercede for us, and protect our families and homes. May the God of mercy and consolation be with us and deliver us from this pandemic.
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