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Our Mass Schedule

We are pleased to cautiously and carefully launch an experimental schedule of public Masses, as from Sunday, 5th July 2020.

We are not able to go ‘back to normal.’ It is not going back to what it was like at Mass before March 2020. We do understand appreciate those who feel they will want to wait a little longer before returning to Mass. 

Meanwhile, in our parish we will be following the official guidance of the UK Government as well as that issued from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as understood in the Diocese of Lancaster. Every parish and every church are different. Other parishes and other dioceses will have their own interpretations of these documents that do not apply here.  In our parish the following applies:

Before you arrive:

  • You should stay at home if you are unwell, shielding or feel in any way vulnerable or susceptible to Covid-19.
  • Remember the Sunday Mass obligation is still dispensed and so you are free to attend any of our scheduled Sunday Masses or any of our weekday Masses at this time.
  • You should avoid bringing any unnecessary items into church.
  • You may wear your own face covering.
  • You may bring your own missal or e-device that has the relevant Mass texts. The usual Mass leaflets and other literature will not be provided.

When you arrive:

On the 24th September 2020, the NHS began to roll-out its new Test & Trace phone app, which is for use on smartphones (with Bluetooth enabled). When you arrive at church you simply scan the QR code near the entrance to record your attendance. If a notification is subsequently sent to an app user, it will not mention the name of the particular venue, just that the user has recently been to a place where they spent fifteen minutes or more, close to someone who has subsequently tested positive for coronavirus. Details of the privacy safeguards used are readily available on the internet. N.B: If you do not check-in with your phone at church, you will still need to do add your details to the usual list in the porch.

  • The holy water stoops will be empty like during the Easter Triduum.
  • You will be welcomed by a volunteer steward who will ask you for your name and telephone number. This information will be securely held for 21 days simply in case should the authorities require it in case of an outbreak of Covid-19, as part of ‘track and trace’ procedures.
  • You must adhere to social (physical) distancing at all times in church and on all church land (i.e. the parish carparks) with anyone not from your own household.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands.
  • Be careful to avoid contact greetings of any kind.
  • You will be directed to a designated and spaced-bench that is not marked-off. B: It may well not be where you usually sit. Households can obviously sit together on a bench.
  • The toilets will remain closed at all times except for a genuine emergency.
  • There should be no gathering in the sacristy or any wandering around church.
  • All Masses will take place in the main church. The day chapel (former sacristy) is currently closed until further notice.
  • Know that all church ministries are currently suspended i.e. extraordinary ministers, readers, usual ‘welcomers’, altar servers, etc.

During Mass:

  • Only the priest is to make any necessary and brief announcements.
  • There will be no congregational or even group-led singing.
  • There will be a brief homily
  • There will be no bidding prayers.
  • There will be no offertory procession or collection baskets passed around.
  • There will be no sign of peace.
  • There should be no wandering around church. Children will need to be carefully supervised in this regard by parents.

For Holy Communion:

  • There will be no people’s reception of the Precious Blood.
  • The words “The Body of Christ” and the reply “Amen” will only be said once at the beginning of distribution. They will not to be repeated for each person receiving Holy Communion.
  • The priest will sanitize his hands before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.
  • Please come up calmly ‘one bench at a time’ – beginning with the front – following the specific announced instructions of the priest at the time, keeping a good distance for other communicants at all times.

After Mass:

  • The priest will depart to the sacristy and will not wait at the back of church at this time.
  • Please leave one bench at a time beginning with the those at the back of church. Keep your distance from those in front of you.
  • Please take home this Parish Newsletter (which will only be available upon leaving church) and anything you bring with you (i.e. your own missal, e-device).
  • Please sanitize your hands just before leave.
  • Use only the designated exit, remember at the time a one-way system is in operation.
  • There will be no refreshments.
  • Again, there should be no wandering around or gathering in the sacristy after Mass or in church or in the porch and parish car parks.


We know that many people are excited about returning to church. However, we do want to make sure that you can do so safely as possible. Consequently, the numbers for public worship are limited in each church. At this time the numbers the numbers we can accommodate for any one Mass/service at St John Vianney’s will be around 70 persons and at St Cuthbert’s 50 persons (more in both – if people sit in bubbles/households).

We would want to encourage all our people, if possible, to attend a weekday Mass as an alternative to Saturday evening or Sunday Mass if convenient. Thorough cleaning and sanitization will need to take place after each Mass and that may mean the number of Masses may need to be reduced going forward. While we will attempt to take appropriate and reasonable precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners should understand that they themselves assume responsibility for their own health any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not completely eliminate the risk of infection.


MASSES: Our schedule of Mass times remains experimental and will be subject to further review based upon our numbers at each Mass and the number of volunteers from each Mass for the stewarding/cleaning at each church:


First Mass of Sunday at 5.30pm (St John Vianney’s)


Mass at 9.00am (St John Vianney’s)

Mass at 10.00am (St Cuthbert’s)

Mass at 11.00am (St John Vianney’s)

Sunday Benediction at 3.30pm (St John Vianney’s)


Mass at 9.15am (In the Extraordinary Form – Latin) (St John Vianney’s)


Mass at 9.15am (St John Vianney’s)

Mass at 10.00am (St Cuthbert’s) followed by Adoration & Confessions


Mass at 9.15am (St John Vianney’s) followed by Adoration & Confessions

Mass at 10.00am (St Cuthbert’s)


Mass at 9.15am (St John Vianney’s)

Mass at 7.00pm (St Cuthbert’s)



Mass at 9.15am (St John Vianney’s)

Mass at 10.00am (St Cuthbert’s)


Mass at 9.15am (St John Vianney’s)

CONFESSIONS: The following experimental Confession times are currently in operation but will be subject to further review:

At St John Vianney’s:

Wednesday 9.45am-10.15am

Saturdays 9.45am-10.30am

Sundays 3.00pm-3.20pm

At St Cuthbert’s:

Tuesdays 10.30am-11.00am

Thursdays 6.30pm-6.50pm