Statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the government’s document released today, 11 May, titled ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’.
The timing and the manner of the opening of churches touches profound sensitivities and spiritual needs. The Government’s document and statements fail to recognise this.
The Government’s position, established today, includes these steps aimed at opening churches as soon as possible: the establishment of a task force for places of worship, to work closely with ‘stakeholders’ in ensuring that premises are COVID-19 secure; and heeding the experience of other countries in which churches are already open for worship.
In dialogue with the Government, the Catholic Church will continue its engagement in this process and has already submitted a detailed plan, in full accordance with public health guidelines, for churches to be opened for private prayer.
The Church is ready to play its full part in the task force, understanding that this includes the possible earlier use of churches for private prayer, as a first safe step towards their use for public worship.
A message to the Faithful from the Five Archbishops of England and Wales
Hope Along the Way
These online resources are offered to help us to live through the coronavirus pandemic. They come from those with experience of social distancing or isolation, people who have lived this reality either intentionally like monks and nuns or against their will like hostages or the housebound.
Alone Together: Resources offered by people from monastic traditions and other traditions to help you deal with the COVID-19 reality
Shaping the Day: Films to help you break up the day
Isolated: Lived experience of isolation and distancing
Helpful Stories: Creative reflections from our community
How-To: Simple guidance from a range of experts
Welcome to the website for The Church of Our Lady of The Assumption and The English Martyrs (our full title).
This building is renowned as one of the most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in England. Consecrated on 8th October 1890, it continues to offer a place of rest, beauty and grandeur to all who pass through its doors.
It forms the heart of a busy, diverse parish set in the midst of a city known throughout the world as a centre of historic learning, contemporary research and rich artistic creativity. Our Parish also includes communities in Ditton and Bar Hill.
We are truly blessed to have this sacred sanctuary and to give thanks for all the blessings that have flowed from it since 1890.
May you find your visit here warm and welcoming, spiritual and nourishing, memorable and significant
Full Closure of Catholic Churches
Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on 23 March, strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.
More information on the Bishops’ Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) page
Giving to OLEM
We have taken a massive dip in contributions to our parish funds which help us to maintain our buildings and activities. As a result, we have had to find ways of bringing this to your attention and to ask for your generosity and cooperation. We are adopting the technology already in place in many Catholic parishes around the country. We now have the facility for you to make contributions to the Parish directly from here: