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Coronavirus

How will this affect me?

What will change?

  • Public Masses will be suspended from Friday 20th March: there will be no public masses either during the week or on Sundays

  • Your obligation to hear Mass on Sunday is also suspended

  • If you are planning a Wedding, Baptism, or a Funeral Mass, speak to your parish priest to arrange a postponement

  • All other community celebrations and devotions (e.g. Stations of the Cross or public Rosary) are also suspended.

What won't change?

What should

I do?

Your Sunday obligation to hear Mass has been suspended, but there are still ways you can sanctify Sunday and participate in the Holy Sacrifice:

  • Watch one of the many livestreamed Masses available online, and make an act of Spiritual Communion

  • Reflect on the Sunday readings and prayers

  • Using the Universalis App to join with parts of the Divine Office (the prayer of the whole Church)

Check out our spiritual resources >

Supporting the Church

The coming weeks will be difficult for all of us, and we are particularly mindful of those whose jobs and lives are put on hold because of this pandemic. We want to be here for you during these difficult times.

So that we can continue to provide that support, we ask all of the faithful who are able to do so, to continue their regular giving to the diocese and to their parish churches, which would otherwise lose vital income. 

Donations can be made through the parish and diocesan websites. It is also possible easily to set up a Standing Order to your local parish by requesting a form from your parish or directly with your bank, giving them the parish banking
details.

For more on this, contact Clare Shore at

cshore@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

or by calling 023 9421 6457