We're keeping you up-to-date with everything you need to know about Covid-19 and its impact on the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

Updates

  • Posted on this page. We're also posting regularly on Twitter and Facebook.
  • The Scottish Government's

Prayer Resources

  • Sunday Mass with Archbishop Cushley is available each Sunday at 9am. It is posted on our Facebook page and in the News & Events section of this website.
  • The Bishops' Conference of Scotland prayer booklet for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly is available here.
  • Archbishop Cushley has asked us to recite the Memorare each day to Our Lady, Health of the Sick. Click here.
  • Fasting from the eucharist, by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI). Click here.
  • How to make a spiritual communion. Click here. The Value of Mass without the Congregation, click here.

Safeguarding

  • Our statement on Covid-19 and safeguarding is here.

Connecting
Matthew Meade is our Director of Communications. You can email him on matthew.meade@staned.org.uk or call 07833208211. Please approach your priest if your query relates to your parish.

Updates

Thursday 21 May 2020 (PM)

The Scottish Government has announced a four-phase "route map" towards easing the country's lockdown restrictions. This begins on 28 May. Read it here.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today: "The route map also indicates when places of worship may re-open. It makes clear that while our current guidance on funerals - one of the most distressing and heartbreaking rules of the lockdown - remains unfortunately unchanged for now, we do hope to relax it as we move from phase one into phase two."

Sunday 17 May 2020 (PM)

People across Scotland will join together in prayer at 7pm tonight (Sunday) for the eighth consecutive week. More here.

Thursday 14 May 2020 (AM)

Infection Control and Liturgical Norms will be the focus of The Covid-19 Working Group, tasked with the creation of an Infection Control Protocol to govern the phased reopening of churches for public worship. More here.

A new Covid-19 group will examine how best to meet the long-term pastoral needs of Catholics during the current pandemic. More here.

Wednesday 13 May 2020 (PM)

Archbishop Cushley has rededicated the Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima (13 May) as we pray for an end to the Coronavirus. Watch the video below.

Wednesday 06 May 2020 (PM)

Scotland's former chief medical officer will chair a Covid-19 working group formed by bishops as steps continue towards reopening churches. More here.

Monday 04 May 2020 (AM)

National media outlets reported at the weekend on plans to reopen Catholic Churches in Scotland. This story originates from a Press Association interview with Bishop John Keenan. View some of the coverage below.

 

STV, click here
BBC, click here
Daily Record, click here
Scottish Catholic Observer, click here
Press Gazette, click here

Thursday 30 April 2020 (AM)

Scotland's bishops are working together with authorities in taking the next steps towards getting churches across the country safely reopened. More here.

Tuesday 28 April 2020 (PM)

A priest has revealed how a pensioner's cheeky comment sparked the idea to play his accordian on Facebook for parishioners during lockdown. More here.

Monday 27 April 2020 (AM)

We've compiled a list of ten sites we hope will help you through lockdown - offering inspiration, resources and information. Visit here.

Friday 24 April 2020 (AM)

The St Margaret’s Pilgrimage 2020 has been cancelled, but organisers are already planning to make next year’s event extra special. Read here.

Thursday 23 April 2020 (PM)

The Scottish Government's recent decision to make provision for the delivery of abortion medication by post during the coronavirus lockdown has been described as “deeply troubling.” Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, also hit out at the decision to allow women experiencing crisis pregnancies to have consultations by phone or video. Read the story here.

Wednesday 22 April 2020 (AM)

The head of Mary's Meals has thanked parishioners in our Archdiocese and across Scotland for their ongoing support during the coronavirus pandemic. Read here. Support Mary's Meals here.

Wednesday 22 April 2020 (AM)

Priest reveals his message to couples who have had their wedding cancelled due to coronavirus. Read here

Saturday 18 April 2020 (AM)

Churches across Scotland have joined together to issue a 'Call to Prayer' at 7pm on Sunday. Read here.

Thursday 16 April 2020 (PM)

Archbishop Leo Cushley highlights how historic differences between Christian denominations can't stop us working together, being good friends and promoting unity, particularly during the current pandemic. Read his reflection here.

Wednesday 15 April 2020 (AM)

A brilliant daily Bible resource for families with young children is being supported by Archbishop Cushley during the Covid19 lockdown.