Church opening for private prayer:

Following on from the Government’s announcement that churches may open for private prayer, arrangements have been made for our church to be open at the following times:

Sunday: 10am – 12noonWednesday: 9am – 10am
Tuesday: 6.30pm – 7.30pmFriday: 9am – 10am

Please note that Church will be opened for the first time on FRIDAY 19th JUNE.

If you are able to take this opportunity to visit church it is important that we adhere to the Government’s ‘Covid-19 Secure’ guidelines which will allow people to remain safe and avoid transmission of the virus whilst outside of their homes.

It is recommended that people who have serious underlying health conditions or who have a temperature or cold or flu-like symptoms should not visit church at the present time.

Our church will be reopened in a suitable, safe and secure manner as follows –
➢ Two Stewards will facilitate the opening of church on each day to direct and assist visitors to maintain the ‘social distancing’ rules;
➢ The doors into and out of church will be kept open for ventilation and to avoid the need to constantly sanitise the handles;
➢ Visitors should:
• enter church by the Baptistery door and leave by the door in the Tower porch following the one-way system which is in place;
• use the hand sanitiser provided, as they enter and leave church; • avoid touching any items/surfaces un-necessarily;
• adhere to the social distancing rules and only sit in the allocated seating as directed by stewards;
• limit their time in church If the maximum agreed number of visitors has been reached; if this occurs stewards will ask further visitors to wait outside church whilst maintaining social distancing;
• take away with them any printed material that they have picked up while in church;
the toilet facilities will not be available;

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Visitors wishing to receive the Sacrament should speak with Fr Phil who will hear Confessions in a suitable area outside church where social distancing can be maintained.

Offertory Basket
A Collection basket will be available at the back of the church in which visitors can place their Offertory Envelope or other offering.

Fairtrade orders in an envelope can be placed in a basket at the back of church. Please ensure the envelope is clearly marked FAIRTRADE and with your name.

Further announcements, weekly newsletters, homilies and other information will be posted on the parish website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Please note that live streaming of Mass and daily prayer from Shrewsbury Cathedral remains available here:

Diocese of Shrewsbury – Live Streams

Canon Philip Moor


CAFOD – Coronavirus response update

Unite against Coronavirus

As we cope with coronavirus in the UK, we think of our sisters and brothers in developing countries who are facing this pandemic with fragile health systems, some of which have almost no intensive care beds or ventilators.

Food prices have already risen with borders closing, the poorest are losing their jobs and income with wholesale shutdowns. Furthermore, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to washing facilities and limited ability to social distance will result in loss of life on an intolerable scale. The likely impact will be devastating.

We are one global family. In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers, gifts and voices are needed now more than ever. Please visit cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to find out ways you can give, act and pray in response to this crisis.

Acting in solidarity with the poor is one of the actions of our parish #LiveSimply plan. This is the wording of the new CAFOD petition to the Prime Minister asking the government to put the needs of the most vulnerable. Please use the link above to sign and encourage others to sign too.

Our sisters and brothers overseas do not have access to healthcare systems as brilliant as the NHS. We urge you to work together with other world leaders to:

  • Make sure that any vaccine developed with UK public money is made available to everyone regardless of their income or where in the world they live.
  • Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries cope with this crisis.
  • Cancel all debt payments by developing countries due in 2020 and 2021 so that countries can spend money on much needed healthcare rather than debt repayments.
  • Put plans in place to rebuild a fairer, more just society after the crisis so that the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity and to restore our common home for future generations.


Laudato Si’:

Our parish video

We are so very pleased to share our Laudato Si’ video with you.

This couldn’t have taken place without all our wonderful parishioners and our team working very hard behind the scenes to get everything all ready.

Without further ado, please view our video below:

For more information, please visit our Our Common Home pages here.

It’s lovely to see so many parishioners involved. Many thanks to Fr Phil, Mick and Hannah for putting it together and for all who helped and all who contributed. We are able to provide a DVD for those not able to view it online. Please email ham.creation2020@gmail.com for more information.


CAFOD – Coronavirus response

‘Coronavirus is affecting CAFOD’s work and a new petition and a new emergency appeal was launched this week.

Please give, act and pray for all those affected by coronavirus overseas. Please visit this link for details of how CAFOD are combatting Coronavirus.

CAFOD staff member Kayode Akintola from the West Africa and Great Lakes team told us:

“I know this is a very worrying time for everyone around the world, but I have to tell you we are much more worried than you. I am sorry to say that, but we really do not have the health system to support this kind of pandemic. People are saying they have two choices – they go out to work and die of COVID-19, or they stay at home and die of hunger. These are very worrying times, but with the community involved, we refuse to be overwhelmed by the odds that are against us. We defeated Ebola, and we know that by the grace of God we are going to defeat COVID-19.”​

Kayode Akintola

CAFOD online talks and presentations
CAFOD is keen to share their work with us and the issues they consider important online. Watch Kayode Akintola here

This is also the link to CAFOD’s online children’s liturgy every Sunday at 10 am. It’s easy to register in advance.


A message from Bishop Mark Davies to the people of the parish.

Please read the latest message to the people of the Diocese from Bishop Mark Davies.

A video version of the message is available here.

‘In the meantime, let us continue to pray wherever we find ourselves; Stay with us, Lord Jesus as we walk through these days.’

mark davies, bishop of Shrewsbury

CAFOD Live Simply – Survey Request

During Lent, the HAM Parish weekly newsletter has featured a series of ‘Live Simply’ actions as suggestions for how we might adjust our lifestyle in order to take action for the protection of our environment as discussed in Pope Francis’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si’. We thank you in advance for your help in completing this short survey which aims to find out how we all got on!

Link to Survey Monkey


Holy Week: Easter Sunday

Today we celebrate the Resurrection, Jesus the light of the world is risen from the dead and says to us “do not be afraid,” don’t worry. We trust in the Lord, as Pope Francis said, in the sure hope that all will be well. Jesus is the one who stands before us today, the one who calms our fears and gives us hope for the future.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28, 18:20

Let’s be happy and rejoice this Easter Day and with the Church throughout the world as we celebrate God’s love. Let’s join in the great chorus of praise and alleluias to God our Heavenly Father.

Please read Fr Phil’s Homily, and the Bidding Prayers for Easter Sunday here.

The latest newsletter for Easter Sunday is here.

Easter Sunday Mass Times for Shrewsbury Cathedral are 8.30am and 10.30am and can be viewed here:

Shrewsbury Cathedral Live Stream.

Alternatively, you can also view the stream here.

Wishing you and your families a very happy Easter. As always sending you my love and prayers,

Fr Phil.



Church closure:

From Tuesday 24th March 2020, Holy Apostles and Martys Parish Church will be closed until further notice.

Further announcements, weekly newsletters, homilies and other information will be posted on the parish website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Please note that live streaming of Mass and daily prayer from Shrewsbury Cathedral is available here:

Diocese of Shrewsbury – Live Streams

Canon Philip Moor

Dear friends, we are united in prayer. Please stay at home, be safe and take care.
May God bless you and your families at this difficult time.
Fr Phil.

Holy Week: Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil liturgy is the most beautiful liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. This walks through the Easter Vigil, and includes the words to the Exsultet.

Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the dramatic Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of Easter. We are awaiting our master’s return with our lamps full and burning, so that he will find us awake and seat us at his table (cf. Luke 12:35ff). The vigil is divided into four parts:

  1. Service of Light,
  2. Liturgy of the Word,
  3. Liturgy of Baptism, and
  4. Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Please keep our RCIA candidates in your prayers at this time.

“Do not be afraid. Tell my brothers to go to Galilee and they will see me there.”

Although we can’t come together as a parish this evening, there are several live streams of the Easter Vigil Mass available.

Shrewsbury Cathedral’s Mass is at 8.15pm this evening, Saturday 11th April 2020.

Please visit Shrewsbury Cathedral’s live stream site here.

Alternatively, the same stream can be accessed on Church Services TV here.