Covid 19

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches.

This will begin after Stations of the Cross on Friday evening, 20 March 2020, until further notice.

After the Prime Minister's statement on March 23, St William's Church will now be kept locked. However the celebration of Mass will take place without a public congregation. If you do visit to pray, please observe the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.

You will be able to watch live streaming of Mass (details below), follow its prayers at home and make an act of Spiritual Communion. In these emergency circumstances, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.

Confession will be offered on request.

All events in church are cancelled until further notice.

In particular

  • Baptism will have to be deferred.
  • Funerals may take place at the graveside or at a crematorium. Arrangements should be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memoriam when congregations are allowed to gather again.
  • The First Communion programme is deferred.
  • Confirmation is deferred

We will try to publish a weekly bulletin as usual which will be available in the church foyer and on the website.

We will post updates here and are currently looking at ways to keep parish in touch. Please visit the page often.

For more information you can read the letter from the Bishops' Conference here and the Liturgical advice here

Message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Follow the Catholic Bishops' Conference in England and Wales here or on Facebook.

Resources to help us at this time

  1. For a prayer leaflet to help us when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly click here.
  2. To live stream Mass click here or here.
  3. To learn about making a spiritual communion click here.
  4. Scroll down the page here to find: a) thought for the day; b) saint of the day; c) today's reading; d) Sunday's reading.