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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Chaplaincy FAQ

Following the latest guidance from the Government public worship has been suspended from the evening of Thursday 5th November until 2nd December as currently understood.

This guidance applies to St. Mary’s University places of worship with regard to the general public. 

We realise that this is an uncertain time and hope to answer your questions here.

What do you mean by Collective Prayer or Public Acts of Worship?

By this, we mean any form of prayer where the general public are allowed to participate in the University activities primarily includes Sunday masses and any other events involving the general public.

I am a Catholic Christian. Is it sinful if I don’t go to Mass on Sunday?

Catholic Christians, in normal circumstances, are obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days as far as possible, unless we have a serious reason which makes it unreasonable difficult or impossible – if for example we’re unwell. At this time, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have said that we are excused from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a serious reason.

Instead of attending Mass, we’re asked to keep Sunday holy in other ways. Many churches are live streaming Mass (celebrated privately by a priest) online and we can participate by watching the stream and, following and praying the prayers. We can make an act of spiritual communion when we’re not able to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. We’ll be publishing resources and idea on our social media to help you do this.

Can I request a Mass or Prayer intention?

Although Public Masses are not possible, Fr. Peter and Fr. Rod will be offering Masses privately during this time. The Sisters are also praying for our community at this time If you have a particular Mass or Prayer intention that you would like us to include, please email

What about weddings at St Mary's?

The weddings at St Mary’s will be deferred until Church buildings reopen in December.

I usually give to the Sunday collection. Is there a way I can still do this?

Thank you so much for your support. We are not expecting anyone to continue making contributions at this time. If you would like to continue, you can contribute to the collection by sending a cheque (payable to St Mary's University) to the Chaplaincy by post or by making a payment through online banking. Our bank details are:

  • Account name: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Name of Bank: HSBC
  • Sort Code: 40-05-20
  • Account Number: 10262080

Please email the if you do this, so that we can track your contribution through the University system.

Are the Chapels and Prayer Room open?

Yes, for private prayer only.

Is the Chaplaincy Centre open?

The Chaplaincy Centre is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

I would like to speak to one of the team. How can I get in touch?

Please do email or phone the team:

You can also message us on our social media platforms.

How can I stay in touch with Chaplaincy and my faith community?

The Chaplaincy team are still here for you. Please do feel free to use to details above to contact individuals.

We are also active on our social media channels, with opportunities to share, pray and stay in touch. It’s also a good place to find out what virtual events and resources we are offering at this time.