Attendance at High Mass
St Mary's is currently closed for private prayer and public worship.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the particularly acute situation in London, St Mary's is currently closed for public worship and for private prayer. All masses will be live-streamed while the church is closed to the public. Please see the statement below from the Vicar.
Statement from Fr Andrew Walker, Saturday 9 January 2021
Quite a few of us this week were more than surprised that the Government exempted places of worship from the need to close during this third lockdown.
Through these last months, the main guiding principle the standing committee and I have been following is obedience to the guidance and instructions of government and diocese - whether we agree with them or not, and even where they appeared to be misguided or later were proven to have been illegal. But at all times within those, and where possible, we have worked to let individual people make choices for themselves, be that choir members or congregants.
However, on Friday the Mayor of London declared a major incident and has asked the churches of London to close for public worship. This request has been supported by the Bishop, and though we are not compelled to close, it does feel the right thing for us to do at the present time.
Live streaming of all services will therefore resume from Sunday, and the Standing Committee will monitor the situation weekly.
I should emphasise this is not a retreat to the Presbytery dining room chapel as was forced upon us in the spring, but more a return to the autumn period where mass could be broadcast from the Church although the doors could not be open.
I know you will keep us in your prayers in the meantime as we do you.
St Mary's Live Streaming
We are broadcasting the daily Mass which may be viewed on our YouTube channel and our Facebook Live page (you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view this). Alternatively, if you have Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, or Xbox One, then you should be able to use the Facebook Watch TV app to view our live streams on your television.
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