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Lockdown easing plans latest
Our Bishops respond to the Government’s lockdown easing plans
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the government’s document released today, 11 May, titled ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’.
The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The Government’s document and statements fail to recognise this.
The Government’s position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with ‘stakeholders’ in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship.
In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer.
The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.
The following is a link to the latest information about the work of the taskforce working on plans to reopen places of worship.
A letter from the President and Vice-President
on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference
Liturgical Advice for the Bishops of England and Wales
in the light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
18th March 2020
Letter from Archbishop Bernard
The letter below, from Archbishop Bernard, refers to how parishioners can make an Act of Spiritual Communion during these times when holy communion is not available. The format of this spiritual communion is available on the Mass Times page of this website. Just follow the link at the top of the page.
During the suspension of public worship and closure of churches Father Paul is offering Mass in church every day, (including Sundays) at 9.30am. Watch the live stream on our Youtube channel here: Mass from All Souls. The text of An Act of Spiritual Communion is available here
Note: We hope to improve the quality of the stream in due course. At the moment our technology is a bit basic and we have a very echoey sanctuary and a huge expanse of very reflective marble to contend with! Like many people and parishes, we are new to live streaming and have a lot to learn!
We also have gathered together some of the parishes in the Diocese which live stream their Masses, so you can still access a Mass even if not in person.
Please click on the links below, which will show you which parishes are live streaming and when their Mass times are:
Masses in Warwickshire
Masses in the West Midlands, including Coventry
Masses in Oxfordshire MCN Media
Masses in Oxfordshire Church Services.tv
The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham is live-streaming all Masses.