Dr. Anthony Fauci: To keep churches safe, use masks, limit singing and wait to resume Communion

As states around the country begin to ease stay-at-home orders, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said churches should adopt “common sense” measures to protect worshippers and the wider community, like requiring masks, practicing social distancing and prohibiting singing. Regarding the distribution of Communion, he said, “I…

Homily, Seventh Sunday of Easter (A) 2020

In the Second World War famous poems were used to encrypt messages supporting resistance agents in occupied Europe for the secret Special Operations Executive. However this was found to be insecure because enemy cryptanalysts were able to locate the original from published sources. Leo Marks, an English writer and cryptographer who headed the codes office for the SOE countered this…

I talk to my mum, who has been dead for nearly ten years, and I wonder, is this a prayer?

By Tracy Thorn in New Statesman, 13 May 2020 Ben and I have been rewatching Rev, the comedy series from ten years ago, about an inner-city vicar, Adam Smallbone played by Tom Hollander. Its tone and mood seem perfect at the moment, and the rev himself – flawed, human, full of uncertainty – is as…

The Bostey

The St Anthony’s Youth Education Service (known locally as “The Bostey”) supports children, young people and their families in Walker.  Further details are available from Helen Woods-Waters at h.woods-waters@anthonycareservices.org.uk.  In our 90th anniversary year, Holy Name members donated over £10,000 to this project. What Are We Doing? Following advice from the Government we decided to…

Care for the elderly has exposed the inadequacy of our care homes and highlighted the benefits of US-style retirement villages

By Philip Collins in THE TIMES, 15 May 2020 When the reckoning is done on the extent to which poor government exacerbated Britain’s Covid-19 crisis, it is likely that care homes will be the scandal. Infected patients were moved from NHS beds with no consideration of whether the care homes they were sent to would…

How the coronavirus can help us reclaim the virtues of self-sacrifice and prudence

by Michael Rozier, S.J. in America, The Jesuit Review, 14 May 2020 It is hard to have a conversation these days where Covid-19 is not the center of the story. Yet it is a terribly uninteresting protagonist. It has no personality of its own and no desire beyond replication of itself. We are the interesting…