Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. From Saturday, 4 July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship whilst complying with social distancing requirements.

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Catholic Churches in England can resume collective acts of worship from 4 July

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said:

“I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England. I thank all who have worked hard to bring this about, not least my fellow religious leaders.

“As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 July. We have waited with patience and longing for this moment, understanding the importance of protecting the health of people in our society. Now we are full of anticipation that we will be able again to take part together in the Eucharist, which lies at the centre of our faith.” Read more.

Guidelines

You can read the Bishops’ Conference guidance notes intended to assist Parish Priests to facilitate collective worship safely (i.e. providing the least possible risk of transmission of the virus). The guidance has been compiled with detailed public health advice and scrutiny and complies with the principles established by Government. Read more.

Live Catholic Mass Online

Visit our dedicated page giving you links to churches broadcasting Mass.

Prayers

The Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has produced prayer materials that can be used during these uncertain times.

Accessible Communication

We know that going to church is both a spiritual and social space for people with intellectual disabilities to share their lives and faith. In this time of uncertainty, with our churches closed to the public, things are particularly difficult.

The Kairos Forum is providing valuable resources. Visit the Kairos site or our page highlighting its Sacred Place for Accessible Communication and Empathy (SPACE),

Government Advice

The UK Government has released its information for the public on the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Live Catholic Mass Online

Use our online directory of churches in England and Wales streaming Catholic Mass live online.

Guidance for Collective Worship in Catholic Churches (COVID-19)

From Saturday, 4 July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship. This guidance is designed to help parish priests comply with the government's public health and social distancing requirements.

Ministry to the Sick

Interim guidance for engaging in ministry to the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic. A principle during the COVID-19 pandemic is to provide as much pastoral care by telephone as possible, or other non-face-to-face means, to reduce the spread of the virus.

In Times of Darkness

This prayerful, meditative reflection comes from Fr James Hanvey SJ, former Master of Campion Hall, Oxford and currently serving in Rome at the Jesuit Curia.

Prayer and Worship at Home

Resources to encourage a deepening of prayer and worship of Our Lord as we face difficult times during the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, special Masses will be celebrated for the sick, their families, care workers and NHS staff.

Mental Health (COVID-19)

Advice and suggestions for how Catholics can protect their mental health during the challenging time we face due to Coronavirus.

Domestic Abuse

The Domestic Abuse Group of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued guidance on how Catholic parishes can support victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advice from Carmelites for this time of Confinement

Ten suggestions from an enclosed religious order on how to get through these days in confinement and not perish in the attempt!

Sacred Place for Accessible Communication and Empathy

SPACE for prayer and reflection providing online resources for those with intellectual disabilities and their families.

There is an urgent need to support our Catholic charities and the people they serve during the global spread of COVID-19.

Palliative care expert on the symptoms of COVID-19

How does COVID-19 affect the body and how you address the symptoms.

Psychological Care of Clergy and Religious during Quarantine

In these uncertain times, Catholic clergy and those in religious life are facing a major change in routines, work, schedules, tasks, activity and mission focus.

How to wash your hands properly

One of our best weapons of protection to combat the spread of viruses and diseases is good hygiene. This starts with thorough hand-washing. This article offers NHS and World Health Organisation advice on how best to do so.