On this page we will put updates about what to do during the present outbreak of coronavirus. We will also put links to resources which may help parishoners during this difficult time. This is a page done at speed so bear with me until I get time to make it look nice.

If you find something wrong (especially broken links, unclear text or spelling errors) or want to make any comment or appeal please contact jim@bleakhouse.org.uk

  • Responding to pastoral emergencies Special Emergency Number: 01457 620272
    • Bishop Patrick has temporarily stood down from external pastoral ministry those priests who are aged seventy and over, and those who have a health condition which requires them to self-isolate. These priests, who include Fr. Kevin, are still happy, eager even, to continue to support their parishioners by phone, but they may not leave their presbytery for pastoral ministry, nor admit visitors to their presbytery for pastoral ministry.
      The remaining priests in each deanery have been tasked with taking on the ministry that the older and less healthy priests must put aside for now. Locally, that means Fr Martin and Fr Daniel are between them ministering to people in parishes in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Tideswell, Charlesworth, Gamesley, Hadfield, Glossop, Marple Bridge and New Mills.
      Experience from hospital ministry, and from other long term emergencies, shows that in a long term crisis anyone on call 24 hours, seven days a week, non-stop, soon becomes too unwell to continue. As Bishop Patrick wrote to his clergy, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” So Fr Daniel and Fr Martin  are taking turns at being the priest on call for 24 hours at a time.  To ring the duty priest, at any hour of day or night, please phone the special emergency number: 01457 620272. You will hear some information, then you can press a button on your phone to be connected automatically to whichever priest, Fr Daniel or Fr Martin, is the priest on call when you phone. Please pray for all our priests in this difficult time.
  • NEWS
    • Canon John Berry died very peacefully in his sleep at 11 pm last night, Wednesday 25th March. He was taken into hospital earlier in the week and whilst in hospital he tested positive to COVID – 19. The Bishop asks that we pray now for the happy repose of Fr. John’s soul, and remember him at the altar during Mass.    May the Saints and Angels welcome him into Paradise.
  • Useful links
    • CHURCHES CLOSURE statement by cardinal Vincent Nichols Click here
    • The website, www.ChurchPaper.co.uk, contains over 600 editions of Catholic newspapers which you may care to read for inspiration
    • For Churches Together in Marple click here NNB they intend to have a daily activity.
    • The Tablet  have a page called “Isolated but not alone” with resources for prayer and news

To assist at mass on line Click here  This will bring up a page listing all masses in English being streamed now anywhere in the worl. The list may take a little time to load! Not all links will work for all computers so keep trying till you find a mass that works for you!


  • ALL CHURCHES LOCKED until further notice
  • Fr Kevin is in self isolation. If you need a priest call the emergency number 01457 620272 … follow menu: they respond to all sick calls
  • Fr Kevin has sent a newsletter. Click here to read it
  • Information and resources for our time
  • CLICK HERE for Pope’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’
  • CLICK HERE to access our coronavirus page