Covid-19

Find out how our parish is responding to the pandemic here.

Increased Capacity at St Mirin’s Cathedral

In Protection Level 2 (from Monday 17th May 2021), there is no numerical cap on congregations for public worship. The capacity of the cathedral will be determined by how many households can gather while maintaining 2-metre physical distancing. We have determined that a total of 68 units, seating groups of up to 1, 2, 3 and 4 people, will be able to gather safely in the cathedral. An additional unit seating up to 5-6 people is available for larger families.

Almost every available pew will seat three units of varying sizes, so please follow the directions of the volunteer stewards, who will guide you to your seat following strict instructions from Fr Joe and Fr Ryan. We will maintain a one-way system to keep everyone safe. Once Mass begins, the front doors will be closed, and it will not then be possible to gain access to the cathedral for Mass, although at least one side door will remain open for ventilation purposes.

We will still be required to meet ‘Track and Trace’ requirements. Therefore, it will still be necessary to book to attend Vigil and Sunday Masses. However, please book only one ticket per household unit. Those who attend weekday Masses need not book in advance but will still have to provide names and phone numbers when they arrive at the cathedral. Therefore, at all Masses, it is very important that you arrive as early as possible after the doors open (half an hour before Mass begins), so that the stewards have time to meet ‘Track and Trace’ requirements.

Please note that for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, the maximum permitted number is 50 until we go to ‘Level 1’ of the Scottish Government’s Protection Levels, when the permitted number goes up to 100.

We will continue to broadcast daily Masses live at 10am and 1pm for those who cannot attend Mass physically, but of course physical presence is vital for the celebration of the sacraments. Those who are unable to access a livestreamed Mass should consider making use of the Phone Mass initiative by calling 0141 473 4869; this is a freephone number.

Booking System

It is necessary to book for Vigil and Sunday Masses. It is not necessary to book for weekday Masses.

In ‘Level 2’ (from Monday 17th May 2021), there is no numerical cap on congregations.

It is still necessary to book for Vigil and Sunday Masses but not for weekday Masses. Please book only one ticket per household unit.

Booking opens on the preceding Monday morning at 9am. To book, visit https://stmirinscathedral.eventbrite.co.uk.

If you cannot book online, call 0141 887 0626. Booking over the phone is open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Attending Mass during the Pandemic

A number of guidelines are in place for those attending Masses during the pandemic:

  • You must book to attend Vigil and Sunday Masses; you do not need to book to attend weekday and Saturday morning Masses, but will be asked to provide your details on arrival;
  • Congregational singing is not permitted;
  • You must wear a face mask or covering while you are in the cathedral;
  • You must sanitise your hands upon entry;
  • You must follow the one-way system that has been put in place; enter through the front door of the cathedral, and leave through the side door;
  • Toilet facilities are unavailable;
  • You must not come to the cathedral if you are showing Covid-19 symptoms.

Volunteering to Steward at Mass

Our parish community is indebted to the small team of stewards who have volunteered to help with Track and Trace and with sanitising the pews after each Mass. Quite simply, we would not be allowed to gather for Masses in the cathedral without their help.

With the numerical cap on congregations lifted, it is more important than ever that we have a larger team of volunteers.

Anyone without a serious underlying health condition is eligible to volunteer. Please consider it.

If you would like to volunteer to help at a Mass, please speak to Fr Joe or Fr Ryan as soon as possible, or email [email protected].

Bishop Keenan prepares to livestream at an empty St Mirin’s Cathedral (Good Friday 2020)