Unfortunately, due to the present Covid restrictions, we are not allowed to open our churches for public acts of worship until Wednesday 2 December. Mass will be live-streamed on the parish website at 9.30am on Sunday and Tuesday – Saturday each week. St Mary’s Church will also be open for private prayer from 10am to 12noon on Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday each week.
Pastoral Letter for Remembrance Sunday
Bishop Marcus has written a pastoral letter for Remembrance Sunday. The letter can be read here.
Acts of Public Worship (1/11/20)
As part of the lockdown measures being proposed by the Government, all acts of public
worship in our churches will be suspended from Thursday (5 November) until Wednesday 2
December. This is being proposed despite there being no evidence that our acts of public
worship have contributed in any way to the spread of the virus. The Bishops of England and
Wales have issued a statement regarding the proposal that can be read here. The proposals
will be debated in parliament from tomorrow before MPs vote on the measures on
Wednesday. You are encouraged to immediately email or contact your MP to request
that the guidance is amended to allow places of worship to remain open for acts of
worship and religious services.
Change in Live Streamed Mass Times
Masses will continue to be live-streamed at https://www.stmaryshalifax.com/live-stream on Tuesday at 7:00p.m., Wednesday to Friday at 9.30am, Saturday at 12:15 and Sunday at 11:00a.m.
In these days, we have become more aware than ever of the importance of keeping in touch with one another, especially as we are unable to gather together for Mass each Sunday. It has been many years since there was a parish census. A census enables us to keep up to date with parishioners and also to build up a database of those who wish to be kept informed about parish life by email. A simple census form is available to complete electronically here. Hard copies will also be made available in the churches when we reopen them.
Wednesday at 7pm: The Rosary
To join the prayer group, you will have to download and install Zoom at https://zoom.us/sign%20up
Once done, send the email address you have used to join Zoom to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be used to send you the invitation link to the prayer meetings.
Parish Whatsapp Group
A Parish Whatsapp group has been established so that parishioners can keep in touch with one another. Fr Martin is the administrator of the group. If you wish to be included in the group, please send a text message with your name to 07990280144.
Several parishioners have asked how they can continue to make their weekly giving to the parish. This is very generous and we are very grateful to those who have thought of it. There are several ways in which you can continue to contribute financially to the parish. If you wish to set up a standing order to donate regularly you can set this up via your own bank. The parish account details are HSBC Bank Sort Code 40 27 15, Account Name: Diocese of Leeds St Mary’s Church, Account Number: 21023225. Alternatively, you can download a standing order form here. Return the completed form to Fr Martin at the presbytery (2 Clarence Street, Halifax, HX1 5DH). There is also the possibility to make one-off donations by text message. You can donate £5 by texting CHURCH MARY HALIFAX to 70500. Cheques, cash and envelopes can also be posted at the presbytery.
You will find some very useful and devout prayer resources on the Parish Website or by clicking https://www.stmaryshalifax.com/prayer-resource/. This also includes suggested prayers from the Bishops of England and Wales. In particular, the practice of making a Spiritual Communion is highly recommended and will give you an overabundance of Grace.