Phased re-opening of Churches for the public celebration of Mass.

1. The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days has been suspended by our Bishops until the end of the current health crisis. The Bishops are encouraging those who can to attend one of the scheduled Weekday Masses so allowing greater access to the Sunday Masses for those who are working.

2. The seating capacity in all churches has been greatly reduced, so that we can adhere to social distancing at 2m. This also means that there is no
mandatory requirement for face masks to be worn. A one-way system will be in operation in all churches and stewards will be on duty to assist worshippers at all public Masses and will take responsibility for sanitizing the building after each service.


To this end, details of all worshippers must be stored for 21 days following any visit to the church.

3. The online registration service and dedicated phone line is the same for both parishes, St Aelred’s and St Robert’s. This will become active, we hope, on Wednesday 8th July .

4. Details as follows: If you wish to use the online service for St Aelred’s, you will need to access the ST ROBERT’S parish website and follow the link for registration. If you wish to use the telephone booking system for St Aelred’s you may do so during office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 0778 361 1229

Temporary Schedule of Masses and Confessions between
Friday 10th July and Friday 17th July
Fri 10th July
St Aelred’s – Mass at 10.00am
St Robert’s – Confessions at 11-11.45am and Mass at 12.00 noon
Sat 11th July
St Aelred’s – Vigil Mass at 6.30pm
St Robert’s – Confessions at 5.00pm-5.45pm and Vigil Mass 6.15pm (please note St. Robert’s church will not be open during the day to allow for the video recording of the Sunday Mass)
Sun 12th July
St Aelred’s- Mass at 10.00am St Robert’s Mass at 9.00am, 11.00am and 6pm
Mon 13th July
St Aelred’s – Mass at 10.00am St Robert’s Mass 12 noon
Wed 15th July
St Aelred’s – Mass at 10.00am St Robert’s Mass 12 noon
Fri 17th July
St Aelred’s- Mass at 10.00am St Robert Mass 12 noon
This temporary schedule is designed so that we can comply with the agreements between HM Government, Public Health England, and the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales and will repeat week by week until further notice.

Parish Finance
Many thanks to all who continue to support our Parishes of St. Robert’s and St. Aelred’s during the present time of crisis and lock- down. The Diocesan Finance Office report that many people from around the Diocese are phoning and sending emails asking how they can contribute to their parishes while public Masses are suspended. What follows is an explanation of the ways in which you can contribute but if you already have a standing order, or collection envelopes please ignore what
follows.Set-up a Standing Order with your bank or building society. (GAD forms can be downloaded) to either St. Robert’s or St. Aelred’s;Diocese of Leeds Our Lady Immaculate St Robert’s Harrogate Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No: 81017489Diocese of Leeds St Aelred of Rievaulx Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No: 41017470Make a one-off payment via internet or telephone banking to the Church using the details below:
Diocese of Leeds Our Lady Immaculate St Robert’s Harrogate Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No: 81017489 Diocese of Leeds St Aelred of Rievaulx Sort Code: 40-27-15 Account No: 41017470

Press the Donate Button on the opening page of the St. Roberts or St Aelred’s webpage, and follow the instructions. 

Use the text service, to donate £5 to St Robert’s text CHURCH ROBERT to 70500 for St. Robert’s and to donate £5 to St. Aelred’s text CHURCH AELRED to 70500 for St. Aelred’s

**Please note that it is a feature of the text-giving facility that allows for no more and no less than £5 to be given to the Offertory via each text. If your regular weekly parish giving is either more or less than this amount, please feel free either to send more than one text – or maybe use this facility just once a fortnight or once a month.

** Leave a donation (cash or cheque) through the Presbytery letterbox at St. Robert’s.

Celebration of Mass – Sunday Mass celebrated by Canon Jim and Fr Ben, will be video-recorded each week and will be available to view on the link below, from 6.15pm on Saturdays. Visit the St Roberts web-site to get access or use this link: =subscriber
Evening Prayer of the Church:For the people of the parish, Evening Prayer of the Church is taking place using the web application “Zoom” at 6pm each day for the foreseeable future. It will finish by about 6.25pm. If you want to be able to join us, email: and you will be sent the Zoom ID and the group password for the sessions.If you want to have the words of Evening Prayer in front of you, they can be found on the universalis app or the book of Morning and Evening  prayer of the Church.The address for Zoom is: https://zoom.usNo need for a long term or every evening commitment, just join if and when you can.Please phone Deacon David if you have any questions or need help to access these prayer sessions.
No Internet? No problem! – Although we will be listing ways in which you can watch live broadcasts and be involved in prayer groups online in this bulletin, please do not worry if you don’t have access to the internet, please reflect and pray within your home. Canon Callaghan and Fr Ben are celebrating Mass each day for the people of St Aelred’s and St Roberts parishes and remember them in your prayers.Please also be aware that the bishop has issued, until further notice, a decree lifting all obligation to attend mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation including all obligation to ‘Easter Duties’. It is most important that you stay at home and stay safe.

St Aelred SVP and the response to the Coronavirus Emergency

SVP members are continuing to phone and support parishioners and others in need. Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with this support. If you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers to do shopping, collect prescriptions, or other tasks, please do phone. Also, do contact us if you know of anyone in need whom you are unable to help.

St Aelred’s SVP telephone number is 07311214364

If you would like to make a donation to the St Aelred SVP Conference the details for a bank transfer are as follows:

Sort code 60-60-04
Account no 46076255
If you would like to donate to Harrogate Food Bank the details are as follows: Harrogate District Food Bank:You can make a one-off gift direct to our bank account or via cheque. Our bank details are: Sort Code: 05-05-45 Account Number: 33843617or donate food at: Waitrose, 92 Station Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1HD
(front of store)Urgently needed food items: Long Life Fruit Juice , Long Life Milk, Pasta
Sauce, Chocolate, Sponge Puddings Washing Up Liquid, Sugar, Shower Gel, Shaving Foam, Razors, Shampoo.
St Aelred’s Coffee Morning –  No coffee morning this week, back on: 11am Thursday 16th July – By Zoom
Following last last weeks entertaining gathering there is another
opportunity to Drop-In from 11am until 11.40 and say hi to fellow
parishioners, as we have a chat and drink coffee or tea together. Hosted
by David and Barbara. Once again you will have to bring your own
drink! Zoom Meeting ID: 786 7692 4047 Password: 8E4var
Email List – Would you like to be added to the Parish email list to receive the weekly bulletin and other Parish notices? If so, please let us know by emailing us at:  Please note; If you are already on the Eucharistic and Readers email circulation, you will be automatically added to this list.
The Parish Summer Fair is cancelled this year.  The Parish usually gives half the profits of the Fair to the St Aelred SVP Conference. Consequently, we need to raise money for the next half of the year in other ways.  We know this is a difficult time for many families but would you consider making a donation, however small, by bank transfer?The St Aelred SVP account details are:Sort code: 60-60-04 / Account number: 46076255
Parish Database – We have recently been provided by the Diocese with a secure Database for the parish. We are already using it to email the bulletin to Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and others who have asked to receive a copy by email. The Database of contact information will be very useful when the time comes to inform you of arrangements for re-opening the church. If you would like your name and contact
details added to the database please email your request to: You will then be sent an email in return to confirm your GDPR permission.
Praying the Rosary Together – 3pm on Mondays. Members of St Aelreds and St  Roberts parishes are praying the Rosary together on Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom. The prayer is hosted by Deacon David, this week we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries. The Zoom Meeting ID is:783 8032 8454; Password: AveMaria. For help! in accessing Zoom phone Deacon David on 560279. If you don’t have the technology to join Zoom you are invited to join with others praying the Rosary at that same time.
Church re-opens for private prayerFrom Monday 29th June, we are delighted to say our church will be open again for Private Prayer. Trained Stewards will be on hand at all times to ensure everyone’s safety. Please follow their directions and all will be well. If you are able to provide ‘bank’ cover, please be in touch with Deacon David. Protective equipment will be available but it would help if you could bring your own face covering, if you chose to wear one.

St Aelred’s
Mondays 10am-12pm Wednesdays 11am-1pm Fridays 10am-12pm Sundays 12pm-1pm

St Robert’s
You are also very welcome to take advantage of times at St Roberts parish. Friday 11-1pm Saturday 11-1pm Sunday 2-5pm