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.
- Posted on this page. We're also posting regularly on Twitter and Facebook.
- The Scottish Government's
- 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.
- Our statement on Covid-19 and safeguarding is here.
Matthew Meade is our Director of Communications. You can email him on email@example.com or call 07833208211. Please approach your priest if your query relates to your parish.
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.
Today, the @scotgov announced its routemap for lifting lockdown restrictions. Phase 1 begins next Thursday.
Places of worship to open under Phase 2. pic.twitter.com/qvVTsZc8Tz
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) May 21, 2020
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.
➡️ Covid-19 working group chaired by Scotland's former chief medical officer.
➡️ Reopening of churches to be "phased".
➡️ "Safe pathway to resumption of our sacramental life."https://t.co/RvvEMKHdt8
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) May 6, 2020
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.
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)
Wednesday 22 April 2020 (AM)
Priest reveals his message to couples who have had their wedding cancelled due to coronavirus. Read here
How are priests consoling disappointed couples who have had their wedding postponed by #COVID19? Fr Jamie McMorrin, of St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, explains on @BBCRadioScot pic.twitter.com/AdXgtXCrrz
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) April 21, 2020
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.
“You are unique and God loves you.”
Tuesday 14 April 2020 (AM)
Archbishop Leo Cushley gave an Easter message of hope when he appeared on BBC1 Scotland's Reflections at the Quay on Sunday. More here.
UK Government advice on Covid19 and the importance of staying home is no available in a range of different languages. See here.
Please note that Mount Vernon Cemetery is currently closed to the public. It is operational only for funerals at this time.
Sunday 12 April 2020 (AM)
Happy Easter! For a list of suggested viewing options for today. Click here. NB Mass is on BBC1 Scotland today at 1:15pm.
Friday 10 April 2020 (AM)
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has issued a message of hope for Easter. Read it here
Thursday 09 April 2020 (PM)
The Triduum begins as we approach Easter Sunday. Archbishop Cushley invites parishioners to view Masses streamed by their parish or to join him tonight Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7pm. Good Friday, Stations of the Cross 12pm. Passion of the Lord, 3pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil 8:30pm. Easter Sunday, Holy Mass 9am. View on our website in the news-events section, on YouTube or Facebook
Monday 06 April 2020 (PM)
Archbishop Leo Cushley has added his name to a statement on coronavirus on behalf of faith leaders in Scotland. Read the statement here. A statement from leaders of churches across Britain and Ireland is here.
Sunday 05 April 2020 (AM)
Friday 03 April 2020 (AM)
Archbishop Leo Cushley joined faith leaders in Scotland to call for people to look out for the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. Read here.
Thursday 02 April 2020 (AM)
Holy Week is almost upon us. We've compiled a daily guide for families so that children are prepared spiritually for Easter. Find out more here.
Tuesday 31 March 2020 (AM)
Watch this morning's reflection with Sr Mary Pierre Wilson here
Monday 30 March 2020 (AM)
Archbishop Leo Cushley has announced the launch of morning video reflections for 'daily encouragement and prayer' during the coronavirus lockdown. The videos will be posted on Facebook each morning at 8am in the lead up to Easter. Read more here
Sunday 29 March 2020 (AM)
Friday 27 March 2020 (AM)
Pope Francis will pray before an empty square at St Peter's Basilica today to give a special blessing in response to the coranvirus outbreak. It takes place today at 5pm (6pm Rome) and those who participate by watching or listening live will receive a plenary indulgence.
Read our article here.
Join Pope Francis in prayer for his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing today at 5pm (6pm Rome time).
Ways to watch live ⬇️
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) March 27, 2020
Wednesday 25 March 2020 (PM)
Archbishop Cushley today highlighted on national radio how people are rising to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic with "acts of selfless love".
He spoke on BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland, to discuss how examples of good deeds and self-sacrifice are providing inspiration to millions of people across the world.
Wednesday 25 March 2020 (PM)
Archbishop Cushley has issued his latest update to priests and deacons on Covid-19 procedures. He shares the message with you here, so everyone is aware of the details they have been given. In this way we can all work together to keep safe.
Read it here.
Update Tuesday 24 March 2020 (PM)
Statement from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland:
"The outbreak of Covid 19 virus in Scotland demands from all of us a response which recognizes the serious threat to all people, especially the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, and our duty of care to them. Having given due consideration to the words of the First Minister yesterday evening, we, the Bishops of Scotland, agree that our churches should be closed during this period of national emergency for the common good. There will be no celebrations of baptism or marriage but we will continue to offer prayers for those who have died and for their families who mourn their passing. The Church is not only a building but the people of God at prayer wherever they may find themselves. We encourage all Catholics and all people of faith to pray unceasingly in their homes for our nation at this time in particular for our political leaders, our health care professionals and all those suffering from the virus. May this lived Lenten experience lead us to new life and healing at Easter."
Monday 23 March 2020 (PM)
Following tonight's announcement from the PM... pic.twitter.com/y0tbhtn3wg
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) March 23, 2020
Monday 23 March 2020 (AM)
Archbishop Cushley has praised the creative efforts of parishes who broadcast Mass on the internet on 'Stream Sunday'. Many priests, deacons and parishioners collaborated to post Holy Mass, reflections and prayers at the weekend to help people take part in an act of 'spiritual communion' in the absence of public Mass.
On Sunday, many of our parishes got online to reach out to their communities. Great to see so many working together to make this happen. pic.twitter.com/MwXoKKw4Sf
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) March 23, 2020
Archbishop Cushley said: "On Sunday, many of our parishes got online to reach out to their communities. It is great to see so many working together to make this happen." Our video (above) features Fr Sebastian Thurthippillil, of St Barbara's Parish in Whitburn/Armadale, demonstrating how to use Facebook live. Deacon Eddie White, of St John's & St Mary Magdalene's in Edinburgh, described the "phenomenal" response to their first stream using YouTube.
He has put together a guide on YouTube streaming. Click here to access it.
Sunday 22 March 2020
“Let my prayer come before you like incense.”
In this disturbing time for the world and for the Church, we feel the need more than ever to “lift up our hands in prayer.” Even when the Mass is not available or we are confined to home or hospital, we can still bring ourselves, and our hopes and fears, before the Lord, asking for his strength and consolation. We can remain part of the worldwide prayer of the Church, asking the Father to deliver us from our current evils, and through the practice of spiritual communion unite ourselves to the Eucharistic Sacrifice our priests will be offering privately. We can still keep the Lord’s Day holy. The prayers in below link are offered to help us do this. Surely our voice will be heard.
Click here to view the booklet
With every blessing,
+ Hugh Gilbert OSB,
Bishop of Aberdeen, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
Friday 19 March (PM)
Q&A with Archbishop Cushley. This video was recorded AM Friday 19 March. We appreciate guidelines are changing all the time and will keep you updated.
Got a Q for Archbishop Cushley on coronavirus and its impact on our Archdiocese?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/SB1ik2Y0wd
— Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh (@archedinburgh) March 20, 2020
Wednesday 18 March 2020 (PM)
Following today's announcement that all public Masses in Scotland are to be suspended, Archbishop Cushley contacted all clergy in the Archdiocese to give further clarity. He shares the full message with you here so everyone is aware of the details our clergy have been given. In this way we can all work together to keep safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please pray for your parish priest, show them support and encouragement as they minister to us in a difficult situation.
Archbishop Cushley's message to Catholics in our Archdiocese tonight:
Following today’s announcement on the temporary suspension of public Mass, here’s my message to Catholics in our Archdiocese. pic.twitter.com/09g86OVgzr
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) March 18, 2020
Wednesday 18 March 2020 (AM)
The Bishops' Conference of Scotland has announced that no public Masses will be celebrated in Scotland from Friday 20 March as the coronavirus continues to spread. Read their letter here.
- Holy Mass in public suspended from Friday 20 March.
- Priests will continue to celebrate Mass in private, praying for those suffering from Covid-19 and those who care for them.
- Churches to remain open for private prayer.
- Priests asked to be available for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion as and when they are needed, especially for the
sick and housebound.
- Baptisms, funeral Masses and weddings - only close family are invited.
Wednesday 14 March 2020
The Archdiocese began its precautions a fortnight ago, stepping them up gradually last week and is doing so again in a measured way as part of our duty of care to parishioners.
Here are the latest guidelines for our Archdiocese:
- Do not attend Church if you are showing any symptoms at all or have been in recent contact with someone known to be a carrier.
- There is no obligation to attend Church if you are over 80 years of age or over 60 with underlying illness, or if you have very young children in your family.
- Be safe yourself, and remember your responsibility to others.
You can watch daily Mass live from St Francis Xavier's Church in Falkirk by clicking here.
Please pray for those for whom coronavirus has become a tragedy. Don’t forget those in self-isolation, especially the elderly/vulnerable. Reach out to them by phone or social media; offer help, let them know they are not forgotten.https://t.co/P9vWwNh9It
— Archbishop Leo Cushley (@leocushley) March 14, 2020
In order to combat the coronavirus, Archbishop Leo Cushley has made it mandatory that clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese put in place the following measures:
- Holy Communion to be received in the hand, avoiding physical contact;
- Holy Communion may be received on the tongue as long as the Communicant presents in such a way that the Sacred Host can be placed on the tongue without contact;
- Reception of the Precious Blood from the Chalice to be suspended;
- Holy water stoups to be emptied;
- The Sign of Peace to be omitted or replaced with another gesture, such as a slight bow of the head, avoiding physical contact;
- Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers to wash their hands or use sanitising gel before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.
Archbishop Cushley is reminding us all to follow guidelines from health authorities and to look out for the vulnerable in our communities.
He added: “Along with our Holy Father Pope Francis, please pray for those for whom this has become a tragedy. Don’t forget those in self-isolation, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Please reach out to them either by phone or social media; offer help, and let them know they are not forgotten.”
These measures are temporary and are offered in view of our responsibility for each other’s health. They will be reviewed again at Easter.