St Joseph's R.C. Church

Church Street, Darlaston, Wednesbury, West Midlands.  WS10  8DY


Update: Wednesday 18th march 13.30

Dear Parishioners,

We have now received notification from our Bishops that Public Masses and Liturgies are to be suspended.

In the Cluster, we had already suspended the Masses, for this week, following advice given by the Director for Public Health for Wolverhampton.

There will therefore be no public masses or liturgies in the Cluster churches until further notice.

A few things to take note of as we begin this journey:

1) In need
If you are in need at all, please either message or phone me. Please remember that I am here for you as are other members of our 'Faith family'. Even if itís just for a chat.... If anyone is sick and needs anointing etc please do let me know.

If you have been 'looking out' for someone, as I know many of you have been, and are then unable to do so, then please let us know. Communication is going to be so important going forwards

Many thanks also to so many of you who have already said that you want to help others in our local communities in any way you can. I will contact people with specific requests for help as and when we receive them (always ensuring that we follow good practice regarding safety and safeguarding)

The Good Shepherd, reported last night that they are starting to run short of supplies. If you are able to donate non perishable food items then please drop them off in a bag in the porch at St. Joseph's when we are open (or let me know and I'll open up). I will then arrange for them to be delivered to them.

2) Live Streaming of Masses
We will seek to live stream our Mass each day at the time we would have usually have had a Mass. The intentions will be published on the newsletter online (We will also offer those Mass Intentions again at a later date should people wish).

Live Steaming Link:

Please do join us in prayer - as a community letís stick together virtually if we can't physically. Notification of the live stream will be on our web page.

3) Sunday Obligation
As the Bishops point out, in a situation like this, our Obligation to be at Mass is suspended.

Please though let's keep each other in prayer. I will offer a Sunday Mass via live stream each week at 10.00am on the Sunday Morning.

There will be no broadcast of the Saturday Masses or the other Sunday Morning Masses.

Put a reminder on your phone etc to ensure that you join us.

4) Church Opening
it is not possible to open all four of our churches safely. I therefore suggest that we keep St. Joseph's, Wolverhampton open for private prayer each day between 12noon and 3.00pm in the first instance.

If you wish to visit at another time or visit one of our other churches, please just let me know I will open the Church with pleasure. Do please ask!

5) Please let those who you know do not have the internet etc of what is happening. I will place this notice on our notice boards outside churches as well though.

You all very much remain in my prayers.

God bless,

Fr. Craig