Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. Catholic churches that can comply with government guidelines are now able to allow collective acts of worship.

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COVID-19 – Church Guidance

You can read the Bishops’ Conference guidance notes to help 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.

The government has announced that face coverings have to be worn in places of worship enforceable in law from Saturday 8 August. Our guidance is continually updated as required. 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)

Catholic churches that are safely able to do so can now resume collective acts of worship, for example the celebration of Mass. This guidance is designed to help parish priests comply with the government's public health and social distancing requirements.

COVID-19 and Vaccination

Ethical issues surrounding the development and distribution of a vaccine against coronavirus COVID-19 - cell-lines, testing, consent and justice.

Pastoral Care of the Sick

Guidance for engaging in pastoral care of the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that the Government Guidance is followed by people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes.

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.

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.