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CESSATION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP

DURING THE NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING ON THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER ALL ACTS OF COMMUNAL WORSHIP, APART FROM FUNERALS, MUST CEASE.  THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER CELEBRATION OF MASS AFTER THE 9.30AM MASS ON WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER.

Below is the statement from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in response

This evening, the Prime Minister announced further widespread restrictions in England beginning on Thursday 5 November.  The Government have published their New National Restrictions Guidance on their website here.  Whilst there was no formal announcement on Places of Worship by the Prime Minister, there is clear guidance on this website that places of worship will be required to end all acts of collective worship, except for funeral ceremonies. In response the following statement is issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference.

The announcement of a new ‘national lockdown’ in England will, we know, bring hardship, distress and suffering to many.  We must hope and pray that this is an effective strategy against a growing pandemic which has tragically taken so many lives already and threatens so many more.

Faith communities have played a vital role in sustaining personal, spiritual and mental health and encouraging vital charitable activities, which support hundreds of thousands of people in all sections of the community, especially the most vulnerable.  That critical service towards the common good of all is created and sustained by communal worship and prayer.  Part of this selfless giving has been a strong ethic of responsibility in the way in which we have reopened our churches so that essential worship has been enabled.  Our communities have done a great deal to make our churches safe places in which all have been able to gather in supervised and disciplined ways.

It is thus a source of deep anguish now that the Government is requiring, once again, the cessation of public communal worship.  Whilst we understand the many difficult decisions facing the Government, we have not yet seen any evidence whatsoever that would make the banning of communal worship, with all its human costs, a productive part of combatting the virus.  We ask the Government to produce this evidence that justifies the cessation of acts of public worship.

To counter the virus we will, as a society, need to make sustained sacrifices for months to come. In requiring this sacrifice, the Government has a profound responsibility to show why it has taken particular decisions.  Not doing so risks eroding the unity we need as we enter a most difficult period for our country.

The Prime Minister has stated that the draft legislation will be placed before Parliament on Monday 2 November.  Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to discuss the issues and vote on the proposed national restrictions.  In this short timeframe, questions can be raised with our elected Members of Parliament regarding the cessation of public common worship. They are in a position to require the Government to publish the data that drives the decision to cease public worship under these restrictions.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Vice-President

This Week: Monday 23 November 2020 to Saturday 28 November 2020

 

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DAY FEAST MORNING PRAYER MASS/SERVICE
Monday St Clement I, Pope and Martyr NONE NO MASS
Tuesday St Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest and Companions, Martyrs NONE NO MASS
Wednesday St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr
NONE NO MASS
Thursday NONE NO MASS
Friday NONE NO MASS
Saturday NONE NO MASS
CHURCH OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
10am-noon
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