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 Bishop's Conference of Scotland COVID-19 parish resources can be accessed on its website bcos.org.uk.

Parish Resources

  • Parish posters Please click here to view and download a range of Covid-19 posters for printing (please consult your parish priest).
  • Eventbrite A guide to using the free online event management/ticketing system is here.
  • Back to Mass Guidance on returning to Mass issued by the Bishops' Conference.. Click here

Prayer Resources

  • Sunday Mass Available each Sunday at 9am, celebrated by Archbishop Cushley. It is posted on Facebook and on this Website.
  • BCOS Booklet The Bishops' Conference of Scotland prayer booklet for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly is available here.
  • Memorare Archbishop Cushley has asked us to recite the Memorare each day to Our Lady, Health of the Sick. Click here.
  • Eucharist Fasting from the eucharist, by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI). Click here.
  • Spritual Communion 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

Tuesday 14 July PM

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland has today issued these guidelines to show what you can expect when attending Mass. Click on the following format to view and download - jpeg, pdf, Word.

Monday 13 July AM

Update from the BCOS Covid-19 webpage

Health protocol for distribution of Holy Communion. Clergy distributing Holy Communion should:

  • sanitise their hands immediately prior to distributing Holy Communion
  • wear a face covering while distributing Holy Communion
  • direct congregants to receive Holy Communion in their hand by stretching out their arms with one hand on top of the other, then taking steps to the side to place the host on the tongue.

Thursday 09 July AM

The First Minister has announced that places of worship can open from Wednesday 15th July for congregational worship. Here's what she said:

“After careful consideration we’ve decided that from 15th July places of worship can reopen for communal prayer, congregational services and contemplation.

However, numbers will be strictly limited, two metres’ physical distancing will be required and there will also be a requirement to collect the contact details and time of attendance of those entering a place of worship. Unfortunately, given what we know about transmission risks, singing and chanting will also be restricted. Detailed guidance is currently being finalised in consultation with our faith communities, but I hope that today’s announcement will be welcomed by all those for whom faith and worship is important and a source of comfort.

“In addition…we will also ease restrictions on attendance at ceremonies and services for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships. However, numbers will be even more limited than for worship generally and physical distancing will be required…I am acutely aware that the restrictions we have had to place on attendance of  funerals have been particularly hard to bear and I am verygrateful to everyone who has complied in what I know will be heartbreaking circumstances.

“While the changes which come into effect next week (15th) will not allow full scale gatherings yet, I hope they will allow people to find solace at a time of grief while allowing more people to celebrate happy occasions such as weddings and civil partnerships.”

Wednesday 01 July AM

A new guide to using Eventbrite is available. It's a free online system which a parish can use to manage bookings for Mass when capacity is restricted. View it here.

Monday 29 June AM

VIDEO: Parishioners from St Mary's Cathedral and St Andrews Church in Edinburgh have given their response to returning to church.

Friday 26 June PM

St Mary's Kelso, was on ITV Borders yesterday in a report about churches reopening for private prayer. Well done Fr David and parishioners!

Monday 22 June AM

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland (BCOS) has welcomed the announcement that churches may reopen for private prayer from today (22 June). More here. Read the Scottish Government guidance here.

Thursday 18 June PM

The First Minister of Scotland has announced that, with effect from Monday 22nd June, churches can re-open for private prayer. More here

Monday 15 June PM

Archbishop Cushley featured on BBC Radio Scotland's Sunday Morning programme to share his thoughts on what the gradual easing of lockdown might mean for Catholic churches in Scotland. More here.

Saturday 13 June AM

Archbishop Cushley will appear on national radio tomorrow (Sunday 14 June) to discuss the reopening of Catholic churches in Scotland. More here

Friday 12 June AM

Here's our summary of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland guidance on the reopening of churches in Phase 2 of the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown.

Wed  11 June PM

A US student stuck in St Andrews used his lockdown time to help parishes get ready for reopening - with a guide to using Eventbrite. Matthew Matisz (18), of Pittsburgh, produced simple instructions for using the free ticketing system so parishes can consider if they want to use an online method to help them regulate numbers. See the guide here. Our story here

Mon 09 June PM

Mgr Allan Chambers, of St Mary's in Bathgate, presents our 'Back to Church Basics' video. More details here.

Fri 05 June PM

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has created an online Covid-19 hub featuring documents and resources. Find it here. Our initial coverage is here

Wed 03 June PM

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has finalised its proposed infection control standards which will govern the reopening of parishes and confirmed that they have sent their guidelines to the Scottish Government. More here.

Tuesday 02 June 2020 (PM)

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland are meeting today to discuss the next steps in the church's approach to the safe reopening of churches. An announcemnet on this is expected tomorrow.

Thursday 28 May 2020 (PM)

Mount Vernon Cemetery in Edinburgh will re-open at weekends following the Scottish Government's announcement of the first phase in the lifting of lockdown restrictions. More here.

Wednesday 27 May 2020 (AM)

The national Covid-19 Working Group, tasked with creating protocols to govern the phased reopening of Catholic Churches in Scotland, meets today (Wednesday 27 May). More here.

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.