Complete closure of churches

From Tuesday 24th March, all churches will be closed, even for private prayer. There has been some confusion in the statement given by Boris Johnson and in subsequent government advice. Cardinal Vincent Nichols sought clarification from the civil authorities and they admitted that they had not understood that if churches are left open, people might think that it was legitimate to leave their home to visit the church. Therefore, for the safety of all people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, and to help slow the spread of the virus, Sacred Heart church will remain closed until further notice. The parish phone line and email will continue to be monitored and Fr Joe will respond to all requests as far as he can. Fr Joe will celebrate Mass on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and the intentions will be published in the parish bulletin….available on the parish website. Efforts are being made to provide live streaming of Mass at advertised times… this space!


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