The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. From Thursday, 5 November to Wednesday, 2 December, Catholic churches in England are only permitted by the government to open for private individual prayer and funerals.
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The government has announced a four-week national lockdown for England from Thursday, 5 November. As it stands, Churches will only be permitted to allow people to enter for private individual prayer and funerals. This will last for a period of four weeks until Wednesday, 2 December.
You can read two statements, issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference, in response to the lockdown. The first statement was released immediately after the Prime Minister’s announcement, the second statement on the eve of the lockdown.
Additionally, Cardinal Nichols has joined UK faith leaders in writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to express the view that there is no scientific justification for the wholesale suspension of public worship from Thursday, 5 November. Read the letter here.
Our guidance is continually updated as required. 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.
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),
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