All public Masses suspended and churches closed

With a heavy heart, we announce that public Masses are suspended and all churches are closed until further notice.

In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer able to gather for public acts of worship in our Catholic churches in England and Wales. This began on Friday evening, 20 March 2020, and will continue until further notice. On 23 March, the Prime Minister also announced that all churches must be closed. Read the Prime Minister’s full statement.

On the video below, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers a message of hope with Jesus Christ at its centre.

Read the official statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

What does this all mean for Carpender’s Park?

Generally

  • Masses will be privately celebrated by Fr Dominic and will be streamed live at these times:
    • Saturday Vigil Mass (6:00 pm);
    • Sunday Morning Mass (10:00 am);
    • and weekdays, Monday to Friday (9:15 am)

The Sacraments

  1. Baptisms: Baptisms will be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely.
  2. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confession may now not be offered even by appointment, but see Pope Francis’ advice to the faithful.
  3. First Holy Communion Programme: the ceremonies are postponed until further notice.
  4. Confirmation Programme: the ceremonies are postponed until further notice.
  5. Matrimony: all weddings are postponed.
  6. Anointing of the Sick: No pastoral visits will be made to people who are self-isolating until the isolation period ends. When anointing the sick, the Oil of the Sick may be applied using a cotton bud which can be burned afterwards (one end for the head and the other for the hands) and the priest extend his hands over the sick person for laying on of hands, without physical contact. This has been confirmed as a valid mode of celebrating the sacraments which involve “laying on of hands.” Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow advice from the staff on infection control.
  7. Funerals: We will exercise great pastoral sensitivity to this issue. The funeral service should take place at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities. Arrangements should be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memoriam when congregations are allowed to gather

Resources

Parishes with Live Streaming

Apart from St Teresa’s Church, there are several parishes in the Diocese of Westminster which stream their Mass services live. For a full list and links, see Other Parishes with Live Streaming.

The Liturgy

Prayers

Other Resources