Public worship has resumed with Ordinariate services at St Agnes’ Church and Christ the King, and also Masses at St Joachim’s and Our Lady of Ransom. Details of Ordinariate services are in the calendar and sidebar here; others are published on their own websites: Christ the King/St Joachim and Our Lady of Ransom.

Churches are generally open for private prayer before Mass, and for extended periods on some days during the week. These extended periods aren’t possible at St Agnes’ Church, but for other churches please see their websites.

In an emergency which requires the sacrament of anointing for the dying, a priest will be available whatever the circumstances. Other pastoral visits can also be arranged. Sacramental confession is available where appropriate social distancing and safety can be observed. If you’re still shielding and this isn’t possible for you, do make use of an Act of Perfect Contrition.

If you can’t get to Mass, services continue to be streamed — see our Video page — and we publish Homilies here too. Our resources for Liturgy in a Time of Crisis continue to be available.

It’s now a legal requirement to wear a face covering in church, although if there is an exception for you in shops then it will also apply in church. Social distancing is now at the so-called “1m+”. Our protocols for opening St Agnes’ Church are published on this site; other communities and churches have their own which they will publicise as appropriate. Currently, groups in church must have no more than six people unless they are all from the same household or support bubble. We also offer the opportunity to provide details for the NHS Test & Trace programme.

At a time when most of the country is returning to something like normal, it is imperative to continue to think of the most vulnerable — who may now be less noticeable — and continue to have a eye for our neighbours. If you can help in any way, please do ring the office phone or Fr Neil’s mobile. And if you need help yourself, do not be afraid to call.