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.
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.
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.
Visit our dedicated page giving you links to churches broadcasting Mass.
The Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has produced prayer materials that can be used during these uncertain times.
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The Kairos Forum is providing valuable resources. Visit the Kairos site or our page highlighting its Sacred Place for Accessible Communication and Empathy (SPACE),
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