Alleluia! Doors open on Sunday 12th July for the celebration of Mass at 9.00am and 11.00am – under restrictions. And doors will open for the Vigil Mass at 6.00pm on Saturday 18th July – under restrictions.

Thank you for your patience and your prayers!

What to expect at Mass

Please remember that this is not “business as usual.” The COVID-19 virus is still with us and there are many restrictions regarding what we are allowed to do and these are listed as follows:

  • At each mass, numbers will be limited to 50 people. Experience in parishes who opened last week suggests that a ticketing/booking system is unlikely to be necessary and people will be admitted on a first come first served basis. Where members of the same household sit in the same row, they will count as 3 people for these purposes.
  • Safe distancing will apply whilst on the site. All those who come must keep a 1 metre distance from others and wear a mask/face covering at all times except when receiving Holy Communion.
  • We will aim to open the doors 25 minutes before each mass – we cannot open earlier because the stewards need to get things ready first.
  • Toilets will be closed.
  • If you are waiting outside remember the 1 metre and mask rule.
  • Once in the porch, a steward will ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • You will then be shown to a seat, which will be a 1 metre distance from other people. It will not be possible to request a specific seat.
  • Once seated, you must remain in your place until the end of the mass, please do not move to try to greet friends etc. Children are welcome but they must wear face covering and must remain in their seats.
  • On your seat you will find a pencil and a “Track and Trace” slip. Please complete this and leave it on your seat when you leave. Members of the same household need only complete 1 slip. It is a legal requirement that we keep this information for 21 days, afterwhich the slips will be destroyed.
  • At present congregational singing is absolutely forbidden. Hopefully in time this will change. To begin with there will be no singing at all at mass and in a couple of weeks it may be possible to have a cantor sing parts of the mass.
  • Readers, Servers and Extraordinary Ministers will not be needed owing to the strict distancing and safety rules.
  • The bidding prayers and sign of peace are omitted.
  • During the mass only the Celebrant will receive Holy Communion.
  • At the conclusion of the mass, communion will be distributed to the congregation.
  • Only move when a steward invites you to do so, take you belongings with you as you will not be able to return to your seat., keep a 1 metre gap whilst queuing, remove your mask when indicated to do so.
  • At the communion station stretch your arms out fully with palms flat. Neither the priest nor the communicant are to say any words.
  • Replace your mask and leave the Church, as directed, by the side door having sanitised your hands again.
  • As you leave the Church there will be buckets for your collection money! Please be as generous as possible because we are overdrawn and still have all our regular expenses to meet.
  • Please do not congregate by the door or in the car park, this compromises distancing and could lead to masses being stopped again.
  • Weather permitting, the boxes of gift aid envelopes, for which some of you have been waiting, will be on a table outside. If one of them is yours, please take it with you.

Any support to maintaining our viability would be extremely welcome. Here is the link to donate online if you prefer. Thank you.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has not been reimposed and everyone should consider their own health and the health of others before coming to mass. The 11.00am mass will continue to be live streamed and details are given below.

Live Streaming of Mass Sunday 12th July – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 12th July at 11.00am – the stream goes live 10 minutes beforehand. Here is the YouTube link . This will be the first time we have had public masses with restrictions. So please be patient and bear with us. As we are not currently allowed to have congregational singing, the mass will be said, with the organ playing at appropriate moments. Please see the standard mass card in case you need it for the words of the responses, creed etc. For those watching online the act of spiritual communion will be said after the priest has received Holy Communion.

Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You
Are truly present in the Most
Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
And I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot, at this moment receive
you Sacramentally, come at least
spiritually into my heart. I embrace You
as being already there and unite myself
wholly to You. Never permit me to be
separated from You. Amen.

Be assured that those present on 12th July and those watching the live stream are all one in our parish worship.

The Church is open for private prayer

  • Tuesdays 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Wednesdays 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Thurdays 11.30am – 12.30pm

Please note the following conditions, which you are required to follow, if you wish to visit for private prayer:

  • Please come only during the above times.
  • Enter the Church through the main doors and sanitise your hands using the sanitiser provided.
  • A steward will show you to a seat in the designated area of the church. Only those who live in the same household are permitted to sit together. All other visitors must keep a 1 metre distance from others and wear a mask/face covering at all times.
  • It is not allowed to visit other parts of the church, to pray out loud or to light candles.
  • At the end of your visit please leave through the side door, having sanitised your hands again on the way out.
  • Please maintain the must keep a 1 metre distance from others and wear a mask/face covering at all times whilst on the site. This includes the car park etc.
  • Please remember we are unable to make toilet facilities available.
  • In the unlikely event that capacity is reached, please wait outside the main entrance, keep a 1 metre distance from others and wear a mask/face covering at all times until a steward informs you a designated place is free.

I hope that this limited opening will be of help to those who would like to pray in the Church. However, please do not take any unnecessary risks if you are frail or vulnerable in anyway.

I am very grateful to those who have volunteered to act as stewards.

The live streamed masses will continue for the foreseeable future and I am exploring ways in which it might be possible to keep this going for the benefit of the sick and housebound once public masses have resumed.

Yours in Christ,

Fr David

Live streaming from Christ the King Chingford

Holy Mass is being live streamed from Christ the King on Sundays at 11.00am. The stream goes live about 10 minutes beforehand – please subscribe to our channel. Here is the YouTube link. See above for more details.

Please donate to help support the continued running of Christ the King. It is now a number of weeks without any collections – we are running at a considerable weekly deficit. I know times are hard for many people, but if you are able to make a donation it would be much appreciated.

Mass will continue to be offered daily (normally except on Fridays) but no laity will be present.  If you would like to offer a Mass please contact us by email.

When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly – this document has been issued by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.


If you are using the Ordinarite Rite please see this mass card.

Hard of hearing?

Lipreading during Masses which are being streamed is very tricky for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Fortunately, there are a number of signed Masses available, while some YouTube feeds, like that of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph in Leigh, have the facility to provide recordings with subtitles. See more

Other live streamings

Mass is being live streamed at a number of churches in the diocese.  Daily Mass is also live streamed on Catholic TV network EWTN

If you are unable to access live streamings

Please see other spiritual resources