A Message from Bishop John about Covid-19

Posted on: 25/03/2020

We are certainly living in difficult and challenging times and we must be aware of our own well-being and the care of people around us, particularly the elderly and those who have medical conditions. In the coming weeks and even months we must learn to be Church in a different way.

In line with The Prime Minister’s statement on 23 March 2020, no churches in the diocese should open again until these restrictions are lifted. This means further restrictions on weddings and baptisms, none of which should now take place.

I encourage you all to live our Faith in a different way. Consider creating somewhere in your homes that you and your family can go to pray during these days, the Church continues in each of us.

Private mass can still be offered and I am thankful to all those parish priest who have been able to make this available via streaming.

These are unprecedented times and it vital that we all do our part to protect the most vulnerable.

You can listen to a message from Bishop John by clicking here.

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