Coronavirus Update: Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) writes…“Due to the increasing numbers of those being diagnosed with the coronavirus, I have requested that all parishes should implement stage 2 of the guidance advice.”

This came into effect on Friday 6th March 2020. Stage 2 is advised to begin implementation when there is a number of cases in the local community or a case has been specifically linked to a parish community.

Advice at this stage includes the suspension of the sign of peace and distribution of the precious Blood, as well as the host being given in the hand only. Holy water stoups will be removed. Emeritus Bishop Peter respects the differing opinions on all these matters and asks that caution to protect the health of our most vulnerable be a primary concern.

Please click here to read the full guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales regarding the Coronavirus.