We will keep this page updated with the latest coronavirus information regarding our prayer and worship life in the Cathedral.
Masses are open to communal worship at 9.30am daily and also at 6pm on Sundays. Masses are also live-streamed and the Cathedral will be open for private prayer between 10am and 11am each day resuming on the 4th January 2021.
Lockdown in England
From Tuesday, 5 January 2021, a lockdown will be in force for England to curb the transmission of the virus. Catholic churches in England can remain open for communal worship such as the celebration of Mass providing the necessary steps are taken to keep people safe.
From 26th December the Cathedral will be returning to Tier 3.
Worshippers should not mix with anyone from outside their household or support bubble. Those attending Mass must not socialise/interact with people from outside of their household or support bubble while inside the church building. Those attending can only socialise/interact with people from within their household or support bubble while outside the church building in groups of up to 6.
You should keep to a minimum the number of journeys you make.
More detailed information can be found on the downloadable pdf which can be accessed here.
Weddings, bapatisms and funerals
Nuptial Mass or Wedding Services can take place with a maximum of 15 attendees, including the couple and guests.
Baptisms can take place.
When taking place outside of Mass the number attending is limited to 6, which includes the person being baptised but not the priest/deacon.
When a baptism takes place in a Mass which must be part of the normal pattern of parish Masses, the number of attending will be determined by the secure capacity for the church building.
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend.
Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
Statement on new ‘national lockdown’ in England
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
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Masses continue daily at 9.30am and also 6pm on Sundays.
There is currently no requirement to register for post-Christmas Masses.
Private prayer will resume on 4th January and will continue 10am-11am Monday to Friday.
Please note: in line with government regulations it is now mandatory to wear facial coverings when attending places of worship. You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering and it must kept on until you leave.