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Father Anton Parish Priest

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend we are experiencing something that most of us would never have dreamed off i.e. that there would not be a public Mass available for Catholics to fulfil their duty of Sunday obligation.  The Archbishops of England and Wales have decreed that there are no longer to be Public Church services and gatherings for the foreseeable future.  At the same time your priest is required to say Mass in private for the good of us all, but not with the public present.  Please be assured that this follows Canon Law of the Church and allows for mitigation of the obligation in extraordinary times and circumstances. 

Whilst there will be no services the churches will be open for certain hours of the day so that people can come and pray and find consolation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  And how that comfort will be so needed!  The church at Clayton will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for prayer from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (Sunday until 2 p.m.)  At Ashley the church will be open on the Saturday from 12 noon until 6 p.m.

I will try and keep you all posted as more directives and details emerge from the Archbishops.  In the meantime, let us pray for one another and be ready to help wherever we can so that Christ’s love shines through our hearts into the lives of those who surround us.

If you wish to read in full the directive of the Archbishops then go to for the latest news.              

God bless you and keep you all safe in his care!

Father Anton s.c.j.