171 THE HILL, BURFORD OX18 4NE
Parish Priest: Fr Andrew Foster (Carterton). Tel 01993 842463
Presbytery: Fr Bernard Garratt (retired) in residence. Tel 01993 823219
On government advice all church services are suspended and therefore our church will be closed until further notice.
Fr Andrew wishes to emphasise that he is available to speak to parishioners on the telephone (01993 842463) and by email (andrewjamesfoster1956ntlworld.com).
He says, ‘I can hear confessions by arrangement (at church or at home if the 2-metre rule is adhered to). I will visit (BRIEFLY) in case of need and administer the Sacrament of the Sick (‘remotely’ by cotton bud stick) and give Communion, ESPECIALLY if someone is about to be admitted to hospital (the reason is that access to patients in hospital is extremely difficult or impossible now for priests).
The following details are from a letter Fr Andrew has received from the Archbishop to clergy and will be of interest:
FUNERALS: Not possible in churches at present, only at crematoria or at the graveside. ‘It is permissible to celebrate a Funeral Mass with the Ashes of the deceased after the epidemic is over.’ This option will certainly be followed in the case of cremations where possible
SACRAMENTAL ABSOLUTION: ‘Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (of God) and accompanied by the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones.’
EASTER DUTY (of making confession and receiving Holy Communion): ‘Since it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.’
Please see the Newsletter page for links to sites that livestream Masses.
The readings for Palm Sunday can be found on the Masses page.