Update on Face Masks in Church

Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020.
All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet.

Priests in the sanctuary providing they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion.

Those going up for Holy Communion should unloop their face covering at the Altar rail and consume the Sacred Host and then replace the face covering before moving back to their pews in an orderly manner.

Concerning enforcement, the advice is that this cannot be done by stewards or members of communities, just as it is the case in shops. Public Health officials have been given extra powers to enforce the wearing of face coverings in public spaces with fixed penalty charges. However, their approach is to educate rather than penalise, and this approach would be sensible in the case of church communities.



Thursday 9th July

Please note: there will be no Holy Hour tonight (Thursday 9th July) and the church won’t be able to open as a result. Lunchtime Mass continues as normal. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Resumption of Public Masses from Saturday 4th July

The Government has announced that from Saturday 4th July, we may resume the celebration of public Masses. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to welcome you back to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. However, we must stick to the rules and guidelines issued by the Bishops’ Conference.

Obligation to attend Mass

It is important to note from the outset that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days has been suspended until further notice. Therefore if you are still shielding and unable to come to church, you are at no risk of falling into a state of mortal sin for not being at Mass. Similarly, those with any symptoms of Coronavirus are required to stay at home and must not come to the church.

Number of People

The number of people able to attend Mass at Corpus Christi, taking social distancing measures into consideration is 43. These seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and once we have reached this limit, we will not be able to admit anyone else.

Please maintain social distancing whilst in the church, and use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the church. The one way system remains in place with the entrance being via the glass doors next to Polpo.


may be heard before Mass, or on appointment, however will be done outside and with social distancing in place.


will not be distributed. If you would like the Mass texts to follow, we recommend buying your own CTS Missal for 2020 – currently on sale for just £1 from www.ctsbooks.org/product/cts-new-sunday-missal-2020and to keep this on you.

Holy Communion

Will be distributed during Mass standing and in the hand. There will be no need to say ‘Amen’ as you receive the Sacred Host, as this will have been said beforehand during the Ecce Agnus Dei. Those who wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue may do so after the Mass has concluded.

Live Stream

Our live stream will continue to operate 24 hours a day on our website at maidenlane.org.uk/live so that you can continue to watch Mass from home at the advertised times. Streaming on Facebook will cease.

Times of Masses from 4th July


Church opens at 5pm. Confession available until the start of Mass.
Holy Hour: 5pm – 5:45pm
Vigil Mass of Sunday: 6pm
The church will close after Mass.


Church opens at 9am. Confession available until the start of Mass.
Mass in English: 9:30am
Mass in Latin: 11:30am
The church will be closed for cleaning between the Masses and will reopen at 11am. It will then close again after the 11:30am Mass.

Church reopens at 4:45pm.
Holy Hour with Vespers, Rosary and Benediction: 5pm

Monday, Wednesday – Friday

Church opens at 12noon. Confession available until the start of Mass.
Holy Hour: 12noon – 1pm
Mass: 1:05pm
The church will close again after Mass.

Church reopens at 4:45pm.
Holy Hour with Vespers, Rosary and Benediction: 5pm


Church opens at 7:45am.
Mass: 8am
The church will close again after Mass.

A Message from His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols