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Update Opening of Churches

The Government has announced that from 4 July 2020 communal acts of worship will be allowed and updated guidance has been provided from the Diocese -

An extract from the Guidance for the Celebration of Mass CBCEW 25th June 2020

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances. It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation. Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will be determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going “back to normal”

The joint working party is focused on ensuring arrangements are in place to enable Mass to be celebrated from August outside in the garden areas and from September inside the Churches. More information will be provided in due course on this page. Our priority remains on ensuring everyone’s safety.