HM Government has announced that churches and other places of worship can open for individual prayer from Monday 15th June. As advised by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, not all churches will immediately reopen, due to the ongoing Covid-19 safety measures which are necessary to protect clergy, parishioners, staff and volunteers.
The first five churches to reopen for individual prayer in the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle are:
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle
St. Aidan’s, Ashington
St. Patrick’s, Consett
St. Mary’s, Sunderland
St. Joseph’s, Hartlepool
There will be a phased opening of more churches after safety measures have been assessed and implemented. Further details, including the date and times of opening, will be announced as they become available. Volunteers will be needed for the cleaning and stewarding of church buildings.