On Tuesday 23 June we heard the announcement that, from Saturday 4 July, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services.

Churches that are reopening

Over 200 of our churches have reopened for individual prayer and/or public worship (see list below).

Please check the details of opening times/days on individual church websites/social media channels/bulletins or by calling direct before you make a journey.

  • To safely accommodate collective worship the Archdiocese has permitted the social distance of ‘1 metre plus’ in churches subject to the requirement that people must wear face coverings.
  • You must sanitise your hands on entry and exit.
  • Please listen to stewards' instructions and follow signs in place.
  • Keep your personal possessions to a minimum.
  • You may be asked to provide your contact details upon arrival.

Mass is going to be different to what we are all used to, so let's work together to ensure its successful return.

  • There will be no Sign of Peace or congregational singing.
  • There will be no Mass or Hymn books.
  • Holy Communion will also be distributed differently, please follow the instructions at your church.

Please DO NOT attend if you, or someone in your household, has: A high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss, or change, to your sense of taste or smell. You must stay at home.

Please remember there is no obligation for people to attend Mass on Sundays and live streaming of Masses will continue.

Some churches are also offering more weekday Masses to help manage attendance across the whole week.

All churches have a maximum capacity of people who are allowed in, and once that number is reached no more can enter. Please understand this is for everyone's safety.

The Archdiocese is following both Government, and Church, guidance.

Guidance for Acts of Worship - Baptism

Churches which are open

Birmingham Cathedral Deanery

St Chad's Cathedral

The Immaculate Conception (Birmingham Oratory), Edgbaston

St Francis, Handsworth

St Michael, Moor Street

St Patrick's, Birmingham

Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary, Aston

St John and St Martin, Balsall Heath

St Philip Neri, Smethwick

St Catherine of Siena, Birmingham

Our Lady of Good Counsel and St Gregory the Great, Bearwood

St Anne, Digbeth

St Joseph, Nechells

Birmingham East Deanery

St George and St Teresa, Dorridge

St Ambrose Barlow, Hall Green

Holy Family, Small Heath

Sacred Heart and Holy Souls, Acocks Green

Holy Ghost and Mary Immaculate (Olton Friary), Olton

St Thomas More, Sheldon

Sacred Heart and St Teresa, Coleshill

St Anne's, Chelmsley Wood

St Augustine's Solihull

Corpus Christi, Stechford

St Anthony of Padua, Kingshurst

Our Lady of the Rosary and St Therese of Lisieux, Saltley

St Wilfrid, Castle Bromwich

Our Lady of the Wayside, Shirley

English Martyrs, Sparkhill

Our Lady Help of Christians, Kitts Green

Birmingham North Deanery

St Gerard's, Castle Vale

St Thomas and St Edmund of Canterbury, Erdington

St Nicholas, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield

St Augustine of England, Handsworth

Holy Cross and St Francis, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield

St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Perry Barr

St Margaret Mary, Perry Common

Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield

Christ the King, Kingstanding

Our Lady of the Assumption, Maryvale

Sacred Heart, Four Oaks

St Mary and St John, Erdington

St Peter and St Paul, Pype Hayes

Birmingham South Deanery

St Dunstan, Kings Heath

Our Lady and St Brigid, Northfield

Our Lady of Fatima, Quinton

Our Lady and St Rose of Lima, Weoley Castle

St Mary, Harborne

St John Fisher, West Heath

Our Lady of Lourdes, Yardley Wood

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Rednal

St Joseph and St Helen, Kings Norton

St Peter, Bartley Green

St Edward, Selly Oak

Coventry Deanery

St Elizabeth, Coventry

All Souls, Coventry

Sacred Heart, Coventry

Christ the King and Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of the Assumption, Tile Hill

St Patrick, Wood End

Holy Family, Coventry

St Joseph the Worker, Coventry

St Stanislaus Kostka, Coventry

The Most Holy Sacrament and St Osburg

St Mary and St Benedict, Coventry

Corpus Christi, Coventry

St John Fisher, Coventry

St Thomas More, Coventry

St John Vianney, Coventry

St Anne, Willenhall

Dudley Deanery

Our Lady and St Kenelm, Halesowen

Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge

The Sacred Heart and Holy Souls, Tipton

Our Lady and St Hubert, Warley

Our Blessed Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Dudley

St Mary, Brierley Hill

St Peter and the English Martyrs, Lower Gornal

St Chad and All Saints, Sedgley

English Martyrs, Blackheath

St Francis Xavier, Oldbury

Kidderminster Deanery

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Redditch

Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria, Droitwich

St Mary, Harvington

St Ambrose, Kidderminster

St Wulstan and St Thomas of Canterbury, Stourport

Holy Family, Bewdley

Our Lady of Ostra Brama, Kidderminster

Sacred Heart and Our Lady, Tenbury Wells

St Mary, Studley

Lichfield Deanery

SS Peter and Paul Lichfield

St Anne, Streetly

St John the Baptist, Tamworth

St Joseph, Burntwood

St Bernadette, Brownhills

St Mary and St Modwen, Burton-on-Trent

St Michael and St James, Haunton

Holy Cross, Lichfield

St Christopher, Tutbury

North Staffordshire Deanery

St Joseph's, Goldenhill

St Augustine of Canterbury, Meir

St Mary, Norton-le-Moors

Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains, Stoke

St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Trent Vale

Sacred Heart, Tunstall

St John the Baptist, Alton

English Martyrs, Biddulph

Sacred Heart, Silverdale

St Giles, Cheadle

Holy Trinity, Newcastle-under-Lyme

St George and St Martin, Birches Head

St Joseph, Burslem

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Fenton

Sacred Heart, Hanley

St Wulstan, Wolstanton

St Thomas of Canterbury, Tean

Our Lady and St Benedict, Abbey Hulton

Our Lady and St Werburgh, Clayton

St Filumena, Caverswall

St Mary, Leek

St Mary, Cresswell

Oxford North Deanery

Our Lady and St Anne, Caversham

St Peter, Eynsham

St Thomas More, Kidlington

St Hugh of Lincoln, Woodstock

The Oratory - St Aloysius, Oxford

Corpus Christi, Headington

St Edmund and St Frideswide, East Oxford

Our Lady Help of Christians, Oxford

St Gregory and St Augustine, Oxford

St Anthony of Padua, Oxford

Our Lady and St Hugh, Witney

St Joseph, Carterton

Blessed Dominic Barberi, Littlemore, Oxford

Sacred Heart, Blackbird Leys, Oxford

Oxford South Deanery

Sacred Heart, Henley-on-Thames

St Michael, Sonning Common

St Joseph, Thame

St Edmund Campion, Watlington

Our Lady and St John, Goring-on-Thames

Christ the King, Woodcote

St Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames

Rugby Deanery

St Joseph, Monks Kirby

Our Lady of the Angels, Nuneaton

Saint Marie, Rugby

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bulkington

Sacred Heart, Rugby

St Benedict, Atherstone

English Martyrs, Rugby

St Anne, Nuneaton

Stafford Deanery

St Mary and Thomas More, Cannock

Our Lady of Lourdes, Hednesford

St Joseph and St Etheldreda, Rugeley

The Immaculate Conception and St Dominic, Stone

Our Lady of the Assumption, Swynnerton

St Austin, Stafford

St Anne, Stafford

St Mary, Brewood

Sacred Heart, Eccleshall

St John the Baptist, Great Haywood

St Mary, Uttoxeter

Walsall Deanery

St Mary of the Angels, Aldridge

St Mary on the Hill, Wednesbury

Holy Cross, West Bromwich

St Joseph, West Bromwich

St Peter, Bloxwich

St Mary the Mount, Walsall

St Thomas of Canterbury, Walsall

Holy Name of Jesus, Great Barr

St Michael and the Holy Angels, West Bromwich

St Francis of Assisi, Walsall

St Patrick, Walsall

Warwick Deanery

St Francis of Assisi, Baddesley Clinton

St Francis of Assisi, Kenilworth

Our Lady and St Wulstan, Southam

St Gregory the Great, Stratford Upon Avon

St Joseph, Whitnash

St Charles Borromeo, Hampton on the Hill

St Peter Apostle, Leamington Spa

St Mary Immaculate, Warwick

Our Lady and St Benedict, Wootton Wawen

Blessed Robert Grissold, Balsall Common

Our Lady, Lillington

Wolverhampton Deanery

St Joseph, Wolverhampton

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Wolverhampton

St Christopher, Codsall

St Anthony of Padua, Wolverhampton

St Mary and St John, Wolverhampton

St Teresa of the Infant Jesus, Wolverhampton

Holy Trinity, Bilston

St Michael, Wolverhampton

Corpus Christi, Wolverhampton

Worcester Deanery

Our Lady and St Joseph, Alcester

St Joseph the Worker, Bidford-on-Avon

St Mary and St Egwin, Evesham

St George, Worcester

Our Blessed Lady and St Alphonsus, Blackmore Park

Holy Redeemer, Pershore

St Joseph, Upton on Severn

St Saviour, Broadway

St Joseph, Malvern

St Wulstan, Little Malvern

St Joseph, Warndon

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Worcester

Friday 19 June 2020

A letter from Archbishop Bernard Longley regarding Funeral Services

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I wish to thank you all for your ongoing prayers during this Pandemic. We continue to pray for those who have died and for all who have been bereaved.

One of the sacrifices in this Pandemic is not having funeral services in Church. As our churches begin to re-open safely, with the help of volunteers, those that do open, may from Monday 22nd June host funeral services in accordance with the Guidelines that have been shared with clergy and with the co-operation of undertakers.

These funeral services will necessarily involve volunteers to assist in cleaning churches after each funeral. The decision as to whether a funeral service may take place rests with the Parish Priest/Priest in charge.  Not all churches will be able to comply with the guidelines at present, so please be aware that may be the case and please respect that situation.

The Government does not permit the celebration of public Mass at present. So these funeral services may not be funeral Masses. I realise that will cause upset to mourners and clergy alike.  The Bishops’ Conference is co-operating with the Government and we all hope that guidelines for the safe celebration of Mass will be agreed by the Government soon.

At a different time to the funeral service, priests are encouraged to celebrate Mass alone for those who have died. This Mass may be live-streamed for mourners, if the Church has that capacity. A Mass in Memoriam may be offered for the deceased with the family present at a later date, when we are able to gather again for Mass.

I anticipate that there will be further guidance agreed by the Government concerning Baptisms, Marriages and Mass in the future. These will be shared with our clergy in a timely manner.  

Be assured of my prayers for you all,

Yours devotedly in Christ.

Archbishop Bernard Longley

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Opening Catholic churches for private, individual prayer a "big step forward for society".

Sunday 7 June 2020

Cardinal thanks Catholics for their patience as churches prepare to reopen on 15 June for private, individual prayer

Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ Statement

I am grateful to the Prime Minister for his decision that our churches may now open again for individual prayer. I thank the Secretary of State for Communities, Mr Robert Jenrick and the Minister of State, Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, for their leadership of the Task Force which helped bring about this important step.

This is a first, measured step in restoring the more normal practice of our faith and will be welcomed by so many, who have waited with great patience since 23 March when our churches were closed, by Government decision, as part of the fight against this pandemic.

I thank everyone for that patience. It is important that every care is taken to ensure that the Guidance given for this limited opening is fully observed, not least by those entering our churches. Our preparation is taking place with thoroughness. Visiting a church for individual prayer, benefitting from the sacredness of that space, can be done safely and confidently.

Not every Catholic Church will be open on 15 June. Local decisions and provision have to lead this process. But it is a great blessing, for individuals and for the benefit of all in society, that church doors will again be open to all who long to pray there for the peace and grace we need today.

This first step enables us to learn and prepare for those that will take us to a fuller use of our churches, for the celebration of Mass and other sacraments. We await that time with deep longing but patient understanding that the protection of the health of our society, especially of the most vulnerable, is a proper cause for caution and care.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

The Government's Press Release:

Places of worship to re-open for individual prayer