Covid19 Updates

We are trying to keep you up to date with the latest COVID-19 updates with regards to Services and related matters that may affect Holy Rood Roman Catholic Church, Market Rasen. This is not an official definitive source, you must track government announcements for up to the minute information. This page is intended to make you aware of the impact any announcements we are aware of that might affect the current Mass schedules.

Updated 12 Jan 2021: Church temporarily closed

After prayerful consideration, consultation with our stewards, and other third parties, the decision has been made to close Holy Rood church immediately until further notice. The Holy Mass held at Caistor will also stop. The increased risk of catching COVID-19 presents a threat that we no longer feel comfortable to protect clergy, stewards, congregation, and visitors against.

Once the vaccine has increased our resistance levels and the threat has been reduced once more, we will review the situation to determine the viability of reopening for services.

Please note that the church has not been closed because of anyone testing positive. The closure is a precautionary measure to prevent such an occurrence.

Update 5th January; Churches remain open during lockdown.

Below is an extract from a letter forwarded by Bishop Patrick of Nottingham:

National Lockdown Guidance January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, the following has been published by the Government and can be found at the following link: data/file/949536/NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf

The Guidance for Places of Worship published this evening states:

Communal worship and life events

You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.

Comment: Mass and other acts of worship can continue as normal following the covid-security guidance that has been published by the Bishops’ Conference after consultation with officials from Public Health England and MHCLG.

You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.

Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.

You must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble if you do attend a service.

 The Places of Worship Guidance (updated 22nd December 2020) summarises the position for our churches. This can be found in full here:

It is very important to encourage all who attend our churches to abide by these covid security restrictions and to protect themselves and those around them. It is also an opportunity to thank those who clean and steward our churches for their generosity of service to the local community.

Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas 4th January 2021

Secretary Bishops Conference England & Wales

Update 31st December: Tier 4

As of today we are in a Tier 4 area. Masses will continue as per normal. Watchout for bulletin alerts for further developments.

Update 5th December:  Vaccinations

In September 2020 the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales issued a statement COVID-19 and Vaccination (24 September 2020). In the light of the recent breakthrough in vaccine development we now wish to issue a follow up statement. The development of a vaccine against COVID-19 presents an important breakthrough in protecting others as well as oneself from the virus; a virus which has not only caused a global pandemic and led to a huge loss of life but has also placed a great burden on healthcare workers and systems. Each of us has a duty to protect others from infection with its danger of serious illness, and for some, death. A vaccine is the most effective way to achieve this unless one decides to self-isolate.

At present, debate concerns the use of the vaccines developed by Pfizer & BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Some have questioned the use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine since it has been developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an aborted foetus in 1983. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Academy of Life have expressed the view that one may in good conscience and for a grave reason receive a vaccine sourced in this way, provided that there is a sufficient moral distance between the present administration of the vaccine and the original wrongful action.

In the COVID-19 pandemic, we judge that this grave reason exists and that one does not sin by receiving the vaccine. Both the Pfizer & BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have a different source since they are mRNA-based vaccines. On 2 December 2020, the Pfizer & BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in the UK. Each Catholic must educate his or her conscience on this matter and decide what to do, also bearing in mind that a vaccine must be safe, effective, and universally available, especially to the poor of the world.

Catholics may in good conscience receive any of these vaccines for the good of others and themselves. In good conscience, one may refuse a particular vaccine but continues to have a duty to protect others from infection.

Right Reverend Richard Moth
Chair, Department of Social Justice
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Update 28th November 2020

We will resume Holy Mass attendance at Holy Rood and Caistor on the weekend of 5th & 6th December. Despite Lincolnshire being placed in tier 3, you will be able to attend Mass at weekends. The same restrictions apply that were in existence before the second lockdown began on November 5th.

Update November 4th Novemer 2020

MPs have voted to back the four week lockdown and therefore to fall in line with this decision, Masses have been cancelled until further notice. Several people have asked about the church being available for private prayer as per the government directions - this will NOT happen this Sunday (November 8th).  Fr. Robert is currently busy reviewing the situation by assessing the implications and conferring with other diocese members.  He is aiming to make an anouncement by Wednesday 11th November.  

Update 26th September 2020

Following the latest government announcements this week there are a few changes that will affect us. The changes are as follows:

  • Weddings are dropping to 15 people from Monday 27 September.
  • Funerals remain at a limit of 30 peopleto attend.
  • Other Life Events that are not part of regular communal worship are set to a maximum of 6 attendees. We are seeking clarification on this for First Communion and Baptisms.   

Update: 22nd September 2020

Accordig to the BBC website reporting on the latest announcements.  (According to as at 18.20 on 22nd September)

'In England, places of worship can have as many people in them as is safe to do so. Again, people can only attend in groups of six or less.'

Update: 19th September 2020

Please refer to the link below for information on some of the COVID-19 related issues and guidlines as published by the government.

Update: 9th September 2020

According to the governmanet website as of today (9th September 2020) at:

3 Rules in other venues and activities

Venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines will be able to continue to host more people in total - such as religious services in places of worship - but no one should visit in a group of greater than 6. When you visit one of these places, such as a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship you should:

  • follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group - no more than six people unless you all live together (or are in the same support bubble)
  • avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know
  • provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme