Coronavirus

On this page, we will publish information, links and resources likely to be of particular interest to the Hemel Catholic community. We will be providing regular updates, so please visit often and share this page with your friends in the parishes.

Please note: elsewhere on this site you will find information on restrictions to Church procedures during the pandemic, and general coronavirus information issued by the Bishops can be found here.

12.07.2020: Please note that, with in-person Masses soon to re-start, from now onward Hemel West will be streaming a Vigil Mass every Saturday at 4.00 pm. Please join us! All you need to do is click here. This replaces the previous Sunday 11.00 am slot.

Update: 27.06.2020 – The Cardinal has recorded a video of a pastoral message in preparation for resuming public liturgies. In it, he explains the steps that need to be taken and the changes to be made in order to resume public liturgies. Click here to see it

Update: 21.05.2020 – The Cardinal has recorded a video of a pastoral message in preparation for Pentecost. In it, he reflects on the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, particularly in the context of the circumstances in which we are living at the moment. Click here to see it

Update: 03.05.2020

We hope that you are all doing well, and that you are reaching out to this community for any help you may need. In the meantime, we would like to share two messages of hope and inspiration with you. One of these is a letter written back in March 2020 by the Bishop of Avellino. Italy is, of course, some way ahead of us in terms of lockdown, and the bishop’s words provide spiritual insight that may be of particular help to us now. Click here to read it.

The second letter is from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and it too looks forward to better times while acknowledging the hardships and sacrifices of the present. Please click here to read it.

Update: 28.03.2020

Our parish priests have issued a joint message that describes our community’s response to the current crisis, and gives details of how you can seek help and how you can volunteer to help others. Click here to read it: please could everybody read and act upon this message, and share it with your friends and family? Thank you.

At this time, effective communication is more important than ever. If you haven’t already done so, could you please sign up for e-alerts direct from your church? Further instructions can be found here.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus situation, Churches Together in England have issued a call (endorsed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols) for members of many denominations to pray together at 7.00pm on Sundays. They have provided resources (posters) for everyone to use, including a version for children to colour in. You can read more and download the posters here.

Keep in touch with the Catholic Press, 23.03.2020

We know that the current arrangements greatly restrict our ability to communicate with each other and the wider Catholic community, which is why we were pleased to hear about a website that brings together Catholic newspapers from around the UK. Please click here to read a selection of Church and community news.

News from the Diocese of Westminster, 20.03.2020

The Cardinal has published his Pastoral Letter for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: click here to read it.

Further to the Cardinal’s letter, please remember that you can read a list of live-streamed Masses within the Diocese of Westminster by clicking here. Alternatively, you can join live streams from around the UK, Ireland and elsewhere here.

News from the Diocese of Westminster, 18.03.2020

The Cardinal has recorded a video about the Church’s response to coronavirus, including the suspension of Masses. To watch, please click here.

The diocese has provided a prayer for those in isolation, which you are encouraged to download, use and share as appropriate. Click here to access it.

A list of Masses that are being live-streamed, along with some other useful websites, can be found by clicking here.