A priest’s perspective on re-opening Catholic Churches for private prayer

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Canon Christopher Whitehead, a Catholic priest from Bath in the west of England, has been able to re-open his church after the UK Government eased lockdown restrictions imposed to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this ‘Catholic News’ podcast, we discuss the challenges of re-opening for private prayer such as the need to respect the necessary social distancing requirements, rigorous cleaning routines and marshalling.

We also discuss the impact of lockdown – conducting small, tightly regulated funerals, new challenges like live-streaming Mass and the need to stay connected to parishioners and the community. There’s a personal impact too – missing that human connection that we all need.

Canon Christopher Whitehead is parish priest of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Bath.

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