07 May 2021 | 05:30 pm

See the latest news from HM Government with regard to COVID-19 restrictions

Ascension Day this year falls on Thursday May 13th. In keeping with our published information in the Diocesan Directory etc, there will be Masses at 10.00am and 7:30pm (please note the morning service is on the hour and the evening service on the half hour). The 10.00am service will be a bookable event.   As the 7:30pm service has not traditionally had a big attendance, there will be no need to book for this service.


Update on 25 Apr: A Reflection by the Bishops of England and Wales on the situation with regard to COVID-19.

Update issued on 22 Feb 21 a “road map” out of the current lockdown. It permits you to attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times. Wider instructions can be found here.

Update Tuesday 5th January 2021: Following the Goverment’s direction for a national lockdown, churches will remain open. For details of restrictions for services (including weddings, funerals and other events) published by the Archbishop of Southwark; please look here. However, should there be any changes to the current arrangements for services, you will be alerted either on this site or by email.

If you plan to go to church:

  • For weekday attendance no booking is necessary, but we ask you to fill in the sign-up sheet as you go into the Church for our records;
  • If you wish to attend Church on a Sunday or a major feastday, you need to inform Deacon Jolyon on Tel: 01580 766449 or


The protocol for every day:

  • Wear warm clothing, because we have to open windows to create a draught to ensure adequate air circulation.
  • Note that the church heating will be on, but remain in your cars or arrive no more than 5-10 minutes before the service starts.
  • Wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser as you enter the church.
  • Avoid any unnecessary socialising when you come into church and take your seats.
  • NOT attempt to kneel, as this will invade the social distancing of the people in front, just sit, sit and bow your head or stand in your place.
  • Follow the flow for the distribution of Holy Communion, maintaining social distancing at all times
  • Take the post communion meanders as led by the stewards.
  • Leave the church immediately after the service, unless you are part of the volunteer cleaning team.
  • Use the hand sanitiser on the way out of church.
  • Avoid socialising in the car park except at a safe social distance wearing your mask.


The Church is open: There will be Private Prayer from 10am to 11.00am on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Please come through the front door and exit via the Parish Centre. On days when we are not open for prayer, our colleagues at Saint Mildred’s will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Father Behr will be available for Reconciliation (Confession) during the Saturday session of private prayer.  He will be in the Parish Centre, so as to maintain social distance.

Do not forget: Whilst we are under lockdown, please remember to make your regular offerings for the running of the Parish. Save up your donations and bring them to the Church when you next are able to attend. Gift Aiders should use their covenant envelopes. Everyone should also give a thought to supporting the Parish online. For options, see the page on Supporting the Parish Financially.


Feasts and services this week:

Saturday 8th MayFeria
Msgr Barry Wymes RIP
10.00 am Mass
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 9th MaySixth Sunday of Easter
People of the Parish
10.00 am Mass
12.00 midday Sung Traditional Latin Mass
Monday 10th MayFeria
Pat & Maureen Lynch, Wellbeing
10.00 am Mass
Tuesday 11th MayFeria
Franco Cleere & family, Wellbeing
10.00 am Mass
Wednesday 12th MaySts Nereus & Achilleus, Martyrs 10.00 am Service of the Word and Holy Communion
Pro populo
Fr Timothy St Clair RIP
10.30 am Mass
12.00 Noon Traditional Sung Latin Mass
7.30 pm Mass
Friday 14th MaySt Matthias, Apostle
Lily McChisrey & family, Wellbeing
10.00 am Mass
Saturday 15th MayFeria
Betty & Jo Robertson, Wellbeing
Fr Michael Faben RIP
10.00 am Mass
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 16th MaySeventh Sunday of Easter
People of the parish
World Communications Day
10.00 am Mass
12.00 midday Sung Traditional Latin Mass