I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ (Psalm 122)
After a long absence from the Sacraments, following permission to re-open churches for individual private prayer, we are grateful that from 4 July our churches are allowed to re-open for public Mass. This, however, can only be done with strict limits on numbers attending, and with social distancing and sanitary measures in place. It is, of course, essential that we are fully compliant, and it will take some time for many parishes to put the necessary framework in place.
At those churches where Masses are being celebrated, capacity will be very constrained. It will therefore be necessary for places to be pre-booked for those wishing to attend.
This website has been created to help you to do that and to provide you with up-to-date information on where and when Mass is being celebrated.
Whilst permission has been given for churches to open from 4 July, it is important to understand that there is no imperative to do so on that date. The critical issue is that churches only re-open when all the measures are in place that will make it safe for them to do so.
Government guidance is that anyone who is not in good health or who may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19 is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended and live-streaming of Mass will continue to be widely available.
I am most grateful to David Aldred for developing this website for the Diocese.
Right Reverend Patrick McKinney
Bishop of Nottingham