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24 March - church is closed until further notice

Due to the announcement last night the church will no longer be open for private prayer.We will still be producing the newsletter in its usual format and putting it online as usual.

18 March - email to all parishioners

Dear Parishioner,

We have just received a directive from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to stop acts of worship in our churches from Friday 20 March 2020:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 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 from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice. Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

The letter from the Cardinal is below for you to read in full. Below is a summary of what this means for our Parish:

  • There will be no mass at St Gregory’s church until further notice.
  • Fr Tony will honour any mass intentions (either in the book or sent to him) by saying mass at Savio House.
  • There will be no weddings or baptisms until further notice.
  • Funerals will be conducted at the graveside or at the crematorium by a designated deacon.
  • Confirmation and first communion programmes in our Parish have been deferred to a later date (to be determined).
  • Fr Tony has arranged for the church to be open for private prayer between the following times:
    Monday to Friday 9.30-11.30am
    Sunday 9:00-11.30am
  • During this time of silent private prayer, Fr Tony asks that people stay well apart from each other and do not instigate any communal prayer with others.

Please feel free to call Fr Tony (07842 774 551) if you would like to speak to him about any of the above or indeed anything else.

As Cardinal Vincent Nichols says “During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you."

As a Parish we are looking at ways we can help anyone in need. In the first instance, if you know of anyone who would like to receive a daily/weekly phone call from fellow parishioners, or needs help with shopping, or would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter each week, please call   or Annette Hurst

May God bless us all,

St Gregory’s Church Office



18 March 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issues a directive stopping all masses in churches in England until further notice.
There will be no mass at St Gregory's Church from today.
Please find below the letter from Cardinal Vincent

image2020.03.18 - Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.pdf

17 March 10am Fr Tony has ceased saying mass in the Parish

Fr Tony announced that in the light of the coronovirus outbreak, and being over 70 himself, he has been advised to confine himself to Savio House until further notice so there will be NO MASS on 18, 19, 20 March.

For news on weekend masses - please keep checking this page


Do you need help?

Do you or anyone you know need any help during these difficult times. Perhaps getting some shopping or running errands or just a friendly phone call once in a while.

If you do need some help, please contact  in the first instance. 

Easter Lilies

Due to the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, we will not be decorating the church with lilies this year at Easter. Again watch this space for any other plans.

Prayer leaflet for when we can't get to mass

Fr David O'Malley has sent a prayer leaflet for families and individuals to use when they can't get to mass. Please consider printing this out for anyone you know who does not have access to a computer. 

imageWhen we can't get to mass.pdf