As the Cardinal says in his letter to the Diocese, the need to suspend the public celebration of Mass was taken with a very heavy heart. This was not a decision taken without prayer or thought. The Church as a visible society, led by her shepherds, have the ability to dispense the laity in their need to participate in Mass in the case of severe illness. This is a national illness so the same rules would apply. The clergy of the Diocese who participate in the Bishops’ mission to preach the Gospel and minister the Sacraments are obliged to fulfil
the Bishop’s request.
This will be very hard decision to accept but may I ask for your understanding.
St Margaret’s Church will remain open on Saturday morning 10:30am for Confessions and throughout Sunday for private prayer.