A Message from Bishop John on New Restrictions

Thursday 5th November 2020

Yesterday, Parliament passed the law which placed restrictions on many aspects our daily lives, including on public worship and the celebration of Mass.

This is a great loss which will be felt by many across our Diocese. I am grateful for the clergy who will once again work tirelessly to stream private Mass online and to provide pastoral support to those in need in our communities who may not have digital access.

As a Diocese, we will continue to share resources which allow you to build Church at home, particularly as we begin the season of Advent later this month.  It is important to remember that the Church continues in each of us and I once again encourage you to think about creating a prayerful space in your home where you and your family can pray.

Churches may still open for private prayer and, if you are comfortable, I would encourage you to take solace in this.

These are difficult times, but as responsible citizens we must continue to adhere to these regulations as we have done for so long.

Stay with us Lord, on our Journey


You can read the full response from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales by clicking here


More details on how these guidelines affect our diocese will be published in the coming days

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