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Celebrating Mass Together

St John Boste Church is now open for public worship for those within the Benedict Partnership. Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

St Joseph’s, Birtley will be open for Mass from Tuesday 18th August, celebrating on a Tuesday at 6.00pm, Thursday at 12 noon and Saturday at 6.00pm.

At present the obligation to attend Mass will continue to be relaxed.

The numbers of people able to enter our Churches for Mass will be strictly limited according to the two metre rule.

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, in shops and supermarkets and people are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet. From 8th August, in line with government requirements, parishioners MUST wear a face covering when attending Church.

Seating arrangements are clearly marked; however, accommodation is limited therefore once the maximum number has been reached then no one else will be able to enter.

Note: Please do not arrive for Mass on a Sunday unless you have received confirmation of a place.

Registering for Mass at St John Boste, Washington and St Joseph’s, Birtley


If you would like to attend one of our Masses, you must book a place by following the links below. To comply with the government Track and Trace instructions we require all people attending Mass at St John Boste or St Joseph’s to register their name and contact details.

There are two ways to register:

1. Click on the links below or those in the newsletter and complete the online registration.

2. For those without internet access there is a dedicated mobile phone where reservations can be made: 07562 653778 (please do not use the parish office telephone number).

Here are the links for Masses at St John Boste:

Monday 21st September 10am

Wednesday 23rd September 7pm

Saturday 26th September 10am

Sunday 27th September 10pm

Monday 28th September 10am

Wednesday 30th September 7pm

Saturday 3rd October 10am

Sunday 4th October 10am

St Joseph's

Here are the links for Masses at St Joseph’s:

Tuesday 22nd September 6pm

Thursday 24th September 12 noon

Saturday 26th September 6pm

Tuesday 29th September 6pm

Thursday 1st October 12 noon

Saturday 3rd October 6pm

Registration for each Mass will open at midnight one week before the Mass and will close at midnight two days before the date of the Mass. For example the Mass on Sunday 9th August will open for registration at 00:01 on Sunday 2nd and will close at 23:59 on Friday 7th.

This allows us to produce a register for use by the stewards to record all those who attend the Mass. This register will enable us to provide the government Track and Trace team a list of contacts should someone in the congregation be diagnosed with Covid-19 subsequently.