Covid-19 Information

Masses and Online Liturgy in Lockdown 3.0

Masses & Online Liturgy

While infection rates remain high, and certainly until schools return, we will be moving the main focus of our parish activity online. In particular, from this Sunday we will resume Sunday Liturgy of the Word at 10.30am on Zoom(Meeting ID: 846 7892 5944; Passcode: 2021).

The 9.00am Sunday Mass will be live-streamed on YouTube. The prayer for Spiritual Communion that is being used is by Diana Macalintal and can be downloaded here.

There will be opportunities to come to Mass at the weekend for those who wish, initially

Saturday 10.00am at St Joseph’s (Sunday Liturgy)

Saturday 6.00pm at St Edmund’s

Sunday 9.00am at St Edmund’s (NB moved from St John’s)

All of these can be booked on Eventbrite.

To hold these Masses safely we will need some volunteers to help steward and clean afterwards, who are not clinically vulnerable. If you are able and willing to help it is best to let us know by clicking here or emailing us.

Weekday Masses will take place as advertised in the newsletter and calendar, but not on every day of the week. There is no need to book for these. Some will be live-streamed.

St Edmund’s church remains open for private prayer every day of the week from 10am to 4pm. Please sign in or scan the QR code on arrival, and before leaving please wipe down your place with one of the wipes provided.

Guildford Parish provide excellent streamed liturgy - both daily Mass and evening prayer. This can be accessed from their website.

Our weekly prayer with Scripture (“Lectio Divina”) will continue on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm on GoToMeeting.


Sycamore is an informal course about the Catholic faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. It has been produced by the very talented Fr Stephen Wang in London, who has a real gift for sharing the depth and richness of the Catholic tradition and its compassionate and life-giving vision. He helps us to see how these truths can be recognised in our lives and in the longings of our hearts. Each session includes a short film and opportunities for discussion.

We will be running the first five sessions on Zoom on Tuesday evenings starting on 19th January 2021 (Join at 7.30pm for 7.45pm prompt start). To register your interest please click here, by the end of Sunday 17th January. 

At the start of this new year, and in the difficult circumstances of lockdown, this would be a good opportunity to explore some of the basics of the Christian faith from a Catholic perspective.

I would like to extend a particular invitation to anyone who reads this email who is not Catholic, and would like to know more about how we see the world and God at work in it and in us. Maybe this last year has made you more curious. Maybe no one has ever invited you to learn more. Maybe it’s been on the cards for 40 years but the time has never seemed right. Whatever the reason, you will find a warm welcome and an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith in the company of others on the same journey, and sympathetic guides. You are very welcome to speak with me before registering, should you wish.

I believe that many in our parish will find Sycamore helpful for their journey in faith. I do look forward to the time when we can run the sessions over a meal together, but in the meanwhile I’d like to encourage everyone in the parish to have a think about giving it a go as some spiritual food during this lockdown.

Other Online Parish Activities

Wednesday 7.30 pm Lectio Divina. Fr Jonathan leads us in a prayerful reading of the scriptures, usually the Gospel of the coming Sunday. On GoToMeeting. To join a meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone just click on You will be prompted for the meeting ID which is 450-922-301.

Streamed Masses and Services

Many parishes are streaming Masses and Services:

Godalming Our parish YouTube channel

Guildford Their virtual parish also has a lot of resources for adults and families.

Walsingham. Offers a full programme, including Exposition and devotions.

Weybridge Programme includes Mass, Rosary and Exposition. Often with music.

Dominican Sisters at Swaye Mass and Liturgy of the Hours with the community in the New Forest.

Arundel Cathedral with Fr David Parmiter.

CAFOD Children’s Liturgy continues at 10.00am on a Sunday morning by Webinar. Also available after broadcast.


What LOAF Is Doing And Other Initiatives

At the start of lockdown we launched the "Love One Another Fellowship” (LOAF). Here is an update on what LOAF has done and is continuing to do.

LOAF Volunteers

LOAF has a list of over 30 volunteers who are registered as helpers. They, along with many other parishioners, have been actively helping those in our parish and community.

Reaching Out To All Parishioners

One of LOAF's first activities was to call everybody on the parish database. This exercise was done over a 2 week period with 15 volunteers. LOAF tried to contact over 400 families in the parish. They reached and spoke to nearly 300 families. In cases where contact could not be made, messages were left.

This exercise led to a number of requests for help, plus requests for prayers and call backs. LOAF volunteers have helped people with shopping, a friendly phone call, praying for or with a person and picking up urgent supplies (e.g. medicines). In addition, a set of LOAF volunteers are now committed to calling the more vulnerable members of our parish every 2 weeks to check that they are okay.

Initiatives For Families - LOAF

As a result of the calls, it became apparent that families with young children were, in some cases, finding the lock down difficult. To try to help families find activities for children, LOAF has set up a Family Exercise Walk Challenge. This challenge involves a walk around Godalming. There is a quiz and prizes.

Finding Out More

If you would like help or have any comments or suggestions, please contact Alan Lion on 01483 420859 or by email at

"I am greatly encouraged by the response of our parish to this situation and by the community spirit that is being shown, both by LOAF and many other parishioners. Let us rejoice in being able to show love and compassion to everybody around us. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families each and every day at the Altar of the Lord, and most especially if you are on your own or struggling."

Fr Jonathan


Resources and information from the Bishops Conference, can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Government Advice

The UK Government has released its information for the public on the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

General Guidance and Support link

Government guidance on the safe use of places of worship link

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