Following the address by the Prime Minister yesterday the Bishops of England and Wales have taken the sad but responsible step of saying all Churches and places of Worship must be closed with immediate effect until further notice. The Divine Office will, of course, continue to be prayed by laity and clergy alike and we can join in prayer knowing that we are not praying alone. In Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Morning Prayer will be prayed at 8am and Evening Prayer at 6pm, The Mass will be offered every morning at 9am and every day Fr Mark will pray before the Blessed Sacrament for all those who are struggling and selflessly working for the well being of our communities. Let us hold each other in love and never lose sight of the God who is our refuge and strength. Even if we feel alone let us remember

‘The Lord of Hosts is with us: The God of Jacob is our stronghold’