Welcome to parishioners from Holy Cross Parish who have been invited by Bishop Declan to become part of the life and mission of St Gerard’s. Do please feel welcome and at home.
Prayer for a Spiritual Communion
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Prayer for the Preparation of Mass
God our Father, you call us to gather for this Sunday Mass. Help us to draw strength from the Holy Scriptures and from the Holy Eucharist, so that we deepen our love for you. May we be enlivened by the Holy Spirit to mirror the words and actions of your Son Jesus Christ and become more clearly your instruments of mercy to others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
From the Apostolic Penitentiary 20th March 2020
Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).
Act of Contrition O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee: and I detest my sins most sincerely because they displease Thee, my God, Who art so deserving of all my love, for Thy infinite goodness and most amiable perfections: and I firmly purpose by Thy holy grace never more to offend Thee to avoid all occasions of sin and amend my life. Amen. I further resolve and promise to go to sacramental confession as soon as practiably possible.
Parish Priest Fr. George Henwood
St Gerard Majella Catholic Church
69 Talbot Road, Knowle,
Bristol, BS4 2NP
Telephone: 0117 9833924
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