Public Health Advice We strongly advise and encourage all clergy, diocesan employees and all the faithful to adhere strictly to the public health guidelines issued by government. The latest government advice can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Baptisms Baptisms may continue to be celebrated, by appointment. Only one child should be baptised on any one occasion. Only the child’s parents and two godparents may attend.
Weddings If possible, weddings should be postponed to a time when public gatherings can safely resume. Marriage ceremonies must be restricted to the presence of the celebrant, the couple and the two witnesses. The Nuptial Mass is not to be celebrated and the Rite of Marriage without the celebration of Mass will be used.
Funerals Funerals are to be private and restricted to the immediate family of the deceased only. In the interests of public health and to encourage social distancing, when publishing death notices, families and funeral directors are asked to refrain from including details of the funeral service.
Opening of Churches Churches will continue to remain open for private personal prayer only, all other public devotional practices, likely to attract a gathering of people are suspended
Parish Centres/Parochial Halls Parish Centres and Parochial halls are now to be closed to members of the public. Access will be maintained for tenants who are providing essential services (e.g. childcare facilities who have been requested to maintain service for essential workers and other social support.) Meetings, seminars, courses and retreats All meetings, courses, seminars and other pastoral gatherings are cancelled.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and other public devotional practices We now request that these be suspended to avoid the possibility of gatherings of numbers of people.
These directives will be kept under regular review