COVID-19 VIRUS arrangements – From July 5th 2020

Arrangements for the opening of our church for worship are dynamic – please return to this page to check for necessary changes.  The safety of all parishioners, ministers, stewards and cleaners must be ensured.

The church is OPEN on Sunday (for the reception of Holy Communion only) from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and from 7pm to 7:30pm.  Outside of these times the church is CLOSED.

The church is OPEN on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY for MASS at 6:30pm.
The church is CLOSED all day on TUESDAY, THURSDAY and SATURDAY.

SUNDAY: (Church is closed in the morning)
No public Masses in the church
Polish streamed Mass at 10am.
English streamed Mass at 11:30am.

Holy Communion, as part of the church’s ministry of healing, will be distributed between 12:30pm – 1:30pm by two priests, from the middle of the church. Communicants are asked to leave soon after receiving.  Please do not to use benches or kneelers which would need to be cleaned afterwards.
Holy Communion will also be distributed at 7pm – 7.30pm.

The church will be locked at 1:30pm once all have received, and again at 7:30pm.


MASS IN THE EVENING ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY at 6:30pm (pre-booking in operation, see below)

  • Evening Mass at 6:30pm.
  • please use the sanitizer available on entering the church, and wear a face mask in church during the Mass, except when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Please maintain 2 metre distance from others, especially in procession.
    Communion must be received in the hand only.
  • Because of limits to the number of people that we can safely accommodate, a  secure BOOKING SYSTEM is in operation: 40 online tickets and 20 tickets at the door.
    For further information please go to the parish Website.
    Please do NOT PHONE the parish office to reserve a ticket as there is no one to handle these calls at the present time.

We need volunteers to be stewards, to monitor the entrance and exit doors as well as inside the church. If you are under 70 and of reasonable health please consider offering an hour to help to open our church for prayer [we need two stewards each time], or to be a member of a CLEANING TEAM [there can be more than two cleaners, and please arrange between you the best time for your team].
There is a rota here on which you may enter your name.
You will be given all the instructions and assistance you need, either to be a steward or to be a cleaner.



OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: If you would like your new set of Mass Offering envelopes to be brought to you by Fr. Andrew please phone the presbytery and leave a message.  Please let us have your name and the number printed on the previous envelopes.  


MASS INTENTIONS: If you wish to have Mass offered for an intention please send an email to Please give the name of the person for whom the Mass is to be offered, with the usual additional information (L – Lately deceased; A – Anniversary of death; I – sick or other intention). We will endeavour to let you know when the Mass was offered.

You  may also ask for a Mass to be offered and make a donation if you wish at this page. DONATE


Our newsletter is available on this website as well as on our facebook page.

ISOLATION message from our Parish Priest.

The priests are continuing to celebrate Mass in the presbytery for your intentions.


FUNERALS should be arranged via your chosen undertaker.  We will provide a priest to assist you with the ceremony at the crematorium or the graveside.  Unfortunately we are not able to offer ceremonies inside the church at the present time, but will be able to organise a memorial Mass in future months when the virus situation has improved sufficiently.
Details about the arrangement of a service at a Crematorium may be found here.

We pray for one another and especially for those affected who have to self-isolate, and for doctors and nurses in our hospitals, surgeries and care homes.

We are endeavouring to contact our parishioners who are self-isolating and in need of assistance.  Please phone the parish at 02088002121 and leave your contact details.



Spiritual Communion
There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. (cf. Celebrating the Mass 212)

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.”
[based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori]


Self-Isolation If there is a chance that a person has Coronavirus healthcare professionals may advise self isolation for up to 14 days. Government advice should be followed.
All those who are self-isolated are invited to spend some of the time in prayer. You can visit websites such as Pray as you go , Click to Pray  or Universalis  — to follow the readings at Mass each day or to join in the Prayer of the Church. As a parish we will be supporting one another through prayer, communication (phone or social media) and practical support (food etc.).


Phrases from Scripture
O Lord, come to my rescue, Lord, come to my aid. Ps 39:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. Jer 17:14
Lord, save me Matt 14: 30
Amen, Come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20


On-line Mass
Catholic Mass from Walsingham
Catholic Mass from St Joseph and English Martyrs Church Bishops Stortford