Latest Updates on Covid19

As we move into Step 4 of the Governments Covid -19 Response Road map on Monday 19th July the Bishops Conference of England and Wales have issued guidance for local dioceses.

The guidance emphasises the importance of continuing to create a safe environment in places of worship and parish buildings. The way forward must be a collective endeavor of all involved in the daily life of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The guidance asks all dioceses to consider four factors:

  • Local Conditions
  • Mitigations
  • Social Distancing and Capacity of Churches
  • Congregational Singing

You can read all the details on the Bishops Conference website or download the pdf here.

In our diocese Bishop John has asked parishes to consider the guidance and their local situation carefully before making any changes. He recommends that people continue to wear masks in church and continue the good practices adopted during these past months. The decision of the parish priest have the full support of the Bishop.

Please check with your local parish for any restrictions that may remain in place.

The guidance recognises that the pandemic is not over and it may not be possible for all Catholics to fulfil their Sunday Obligation at this time.

For those that may still not be able to attend their own parish the Cathedral will continue to live stream Sunday Mass.

You can find this here. Bishop John has also produced a video series on how we can build a Church at Home. You can view these videos here.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Parish Priests and volunteers for all their hard work in keeping our churches safe and open over the last few months.

In response to the guidance and the move to Step 4 Bishop John has urged anyone reluctant to come forward to receive the vaccine.

He said:

“All adults, who are able to do so, should be vaccinated. Pope Francis has reminded people of the duty to be vaccinated if they are able. The Church is clear that all Catholics can take any of the vaccines on offer with a clear conscience. Even if you are at a low risk of becoming seriously ill, being vaccinated will lower the risk of transmitting the virus to somebody else who might then have a severe reaction or even die. It is particularly important that those in our parishes, clergy and lay-people who visit those who are housebound or otherwise vulnerable are vaccinated.”

If you have any further queries, you can find the contact details of your parish priest by clicking here 

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. The latest national updates can be found on the Gov.uk website