Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021. By Vatican News In … [Read more…]


CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES Covid-19 Route Map: Step 4 Guidance Introduction This Guidance is offered to the Dioceses of England and Wales as the country moves into Step 4 (19th July) of the Government Covid-19 Response Roadmap published in February 2021. This date has been delayed by 5 weeks as the Government … [Read more…]

Pope Francis message to Grandparents & Older People

Dear Grandfathers and Grandmothers, Dear Elderly Friends, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words … [Read more…]

Gradual unlocking

1.We may now have congregations with 1 metre distancing up to half our full capacity, with all the usual things in place e.g. wearing of masks, ventilation, hand sanitising etc.. 2. Communal singing at Mass is still restricted to a cantor or a choir unless Mass is celebrated outside the church. 3. Altar Servers may … [Read more…]

The Day of the Lord

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES Reflection by the Bishops of England and Wales The Day of Lord Gathering as Bishops in Conference this week, we wish to pay tribute to all in the Catholic community who have shown such courage, generosity and understanding in the face of adversity this past year. Across England … [Read more…]