Public Masses at St Cuthbert’s

Given the high rates of transmission of Covid-19 in the North-East, and the elderly demographic of our Diocese, Bishop Robert has asked us to retain all of the Covid control measures and cleaning protocols that are currently in force in all of our churches and church buildings. The position will be reviewed by the Bishop’s Council on 10th September.

However, the risk assessment for St Cuthbert’s has been reviewed by the Diocesan Health & Safety Officer, and our capacity has been increased by a move to 1-metre social distancing. The church is now marked out for the new capacity

Please help us to keep everyone safe at St Cuthbert’s:

  • Book a place to attend Sunday Mass, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 384 3442. You do not need to book for weekday Masses or Sunday evening Mass, but you must provide Track & Trace details.
  • Wear a face covering in church, unless you are exempt.
  • Sanitise your hands on entering and leaving church.
  • Maintain social distancing in church.
  • Congregational singing and sharing the Sign of Peace are still not permitted.
  • Follow the present procedure for receiving Holy Communion. If you wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, please wait until the end of the Communion line, to minimise the risk of infection.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. 

Thank you to the volunteer cleaners, who have enabled us to continue celebrating public Mass each day. If you could join the cleaning rota, please contact Ciara by email.


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