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Friday 03 April

Chrism Mass Postponed; Holy Week Masses Available Online


Chrism Mass Postponed

Bishop Alan Hopes said: “The Chrism Mass will not now take place on Tuesday April 7, after a decision of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to stand in solidarity with the Holy Father’s decision to not celebrate it. It will be celebrated at a later date when the restrictions are lifted and people can come together again.”

Masses on-line for Easter

Daily Masses will be live streamed from St John’s Cathedral every day at 10am.

The following Easter Masses, which will all be celebrated by Bishop Alan.

April 5 – Palm Sunday: Mass, 10am

April 9 – Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8pm

April 10 – Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 3pm

April 11 – Holy Saturday: Mass of the Paschal Vigil, 8pm

April 12 – Easter Day: Mass at 10am

You can watch all of these Masses at:

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is going to be part of a short Easter Sunday Service on BBC Radio 4 (FM 92 – 95 FM, 103-105 FM. LW 198 Long Wave) and BBC local radio stations at 8.10am.

Tuesday 31 March

Dispensation from Easter Duties

The Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter duties (reception of Holy Communion and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation) for the year 2020.

Holy Communion 

Although currently unable to attend Mass or receive Communion, the faithful are encouraged to join in prayer with their priests who continue to offer the sacrifice of the Mass privately.

The use of the Spiritual Communion Prayer –posted here on the website –  unites us in intention with the  priest celebrating the Mass, as well as with many others who will be offering similar prayers.

Act of Perfect Contrition  

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time – expressing true and real sorrow for sins, when we realise the immense love of God for us.

Contrition is expressed when we realise how we offended God by sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to his immeasurable love and mercy towards us.

The text of the recommended Act of Perfect Contrition is available by clicking here.


Friday 20 March;

When Mass cannot be Celebrated Publicly

A leaflet has been produced to help us join in the celebration of Mass – even though we cannot be physically present.  It can be accessed from this link:-

Note that this document is written to be printed double-sided and folded to become a 4-page, A5 booklet – like our weekly missalettes.


Thursday 19 March;

Liturgical Advice from CBCEW

Two further documents have been received from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).  Just click on the links below to see the documents.


2020.03.18 – Liturgical Advice to Bishops -Final


Friday 13 March;

Catholic Bishops’ Advice

A set of guidelines have been issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, and the latest version of the guide is available to download here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines