Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 

is open for Holy Mass  

Please click here for more information about Mass times and
details of how to register your intention to come to Mass

It is a joy to be able to welcome parishioners back into church, but at this time registering is essential.

  • We aren’t able to use much of the space in the church.  There are only 11  pews that can be used - this equates to 22 individuals (one at the opposite bend of each bench), but more when couples, families or established social ‘ bubbles' sit together on a bench - e.g. if you travel to Mass in the same car. Eleven is the crucial number here - when the 11 benches are occupied by any combination of people, the church will be full and no one else is allowed inside the building. However, the doors have to be left open for ventilation.
  • There is a text SMS registration system for those intending to come to Mass - this will also be useful for Track and Trace purposes, should details be needed.
  • You will be expected to use the hand sanitiser that is provided on arrival and departure, or be seen to be using your own
  • From 8th August 2020 people are required by HM Government to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, this includes churches. There are exemptions to this requirement (link)
  • You’ll be directed to a place in church by a steward
  • For the forseeable future, celebrations of Holy Mass must be brief, the order of Mass is slightly altered particularly for the distrbution and reception of Holy Communion, and there’ll be no singing. For the time being, I will be the only person in the sanctuary.
  • No toilets are available 
  • There will be no leaflets/Mass sheets avaialable - you can either bring your missal or print out a Mass sheet, but please make sure you take them away with you
  •  Mass times  have changed and, for some time to come, will all take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

N.B. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended by the bishop.

Don’t be anxious if you are a 'shielder' and can’t, or would rather not, come back to church straight away. 

There will be some weekday Masses and these are likely to be less busy - perhaps an option for those who can come to church on weekdays and help ease the pressure on Sundays.  

Masses are still being streamed online from various churches.

Unfortunately, I can't see St Thomas of Canterbury Church reopening for a while yet. Having no side aisles, there isn’t a way to establish  a ‘one-way’ system there and, with 2 metre social distancing, we would be able to admit very few people into the building.
For the time being, we will use the larger building at Our Lady of Mount Carmel to accommodate as many as possible in the hope that parishioners from St Thomas’ will travel if they can.

safeguarding for volunteers video

prayer imploring the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendour of Heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this necessity
(your petition).
There are none that can withstand your power.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Sweet Mother I place this cause into your hands.



Links to live-streamed (and recordings) of Holy Mass etc.:  English texts are available via our Today tab on the menu bar above. Schedules are on most of the live-stream websites.

Live-streamed and recorded daily Holy Masses from the York Oratory

Click here  for the 24 hr live-stream of Masses & devotions at the Walsingham Basilica

Click here for a live-stream of the Traditional Latin Mass (FSSP)

The Diocese of Hallam is a registered charity