Following the Government announcement, the Church will be closed for Mass and also for private prayer until Sunday 6th December. Mass will resume at 9am.
In the meantime, we recommend watching Masses at St. Joseph's in Portishead available at https://www.josephfrancis.org/livestream.
A Daily Mass is also live streamed from Clifton Cathedral at 9.30am everyday at https://cliftoncathedral.org.
Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the Prime Minister’s Statement
Saturday 31st October 2020
This evening, the Prime Minister announced further widespread restrictions in England beginning on Thursday 5th November. The Government have published their New National Restrictions Guidance on their website here. Whilst there was no formal announcement on Places of Worship by the Prime Minister, there is clear guidance on this website that places of worship will be required to end all acts of collective worship, except for funeral ceremonies. In response the following statement is issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference.
The announcement of a new 'national lockdown' in England will, we know, bring hardship, distress and suffering to many. We must hope and pray that this is an effective strategy against a growing pandemic which has tragically taken so many lives already and threatens so many more.
Faith communities have played a vital role in sustaining personal, spiritual and mental health and encouraging vital charitable activities, which support hundreds of thousands of people in all sections of the community, especially the most vulnerable. That critical service towards the common good of all is created and sustained by communal worship and prayer. Part of this selfless giving has been a strong ethic of responsibility in the way in which we have reopened our churches so that essential worship has been enabled. Our communities have done a great deal to make our churches safe places in which all have been able to gather in supervised and disciplined ways.
It is thus a source of deep anguish now that the Government is requiring, once again, the cessation of public communal worship. Whilst we understand the many difficult decisions facing the Government, we have not yet seen any evidence whatsoever that would make the banning of communal worship, with all its human costs, a productive part of combatting the virus. We ask the Government to produce this evidence that justifies the cessation of acts of public worship.
To counter the virus we will, as a society, need to make sustained sacrifices for months to come. In requiring this sacrifice, the Government has a profound responsibility to show why it has taken particular decisions. Not doing so risks eroding the unity we need as we enter a most difficult period for our country.
The Prime Minister has stated that the draft legislation will be placed before Parliament on Monday 2nd November. Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to discuss the issues and vote on the proposed national restrictions. In this short timeframe, questions can be raised with our elected Members of Parliament regarding the cessation of public common worship. They are in a position to require the Government to publish the data that drives the decision to cease public worship under these restrictions.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols (President)
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP (Vice-President)
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Support for Vulnerable people
For details of organisations that support vulnerable people during this crisis please visit https://www.stonehousetowncouncil.com/your-council/coronavirus-covid-19-information/.
During this time, all e-mail addresses and telephone lines(below) will be still be staffed. If you telephone and leave a message, Fr Bill will return your call on the same day.
St. Joseph's R.C. Church
Mass Sunday 9am
Presbytery Telephone: 01453 822121
Christmas Mass times
4pm – Woodchester
7pm – Stonehouse
Please note if you wish to come, spaces are limited due to social distancing. You must book place by telephone or e-mailing the parish.
For Masses at Woodchester, please e-mail Woodchester.email@example.com
Their web site is www.woodchesterpriory.org.uk
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We require a team of cleaners and stewards, so if you can contribute please do send us an e-mail to the above address. You just need to be over 18, not have any underlying health issues or live with anyone who is shielding. Many thanks!
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