"I am writing because I earnestly want to ask you to amend the proposed guidance to come in on 5th November, so as to enable our churches to remain open -- with all the usual safety regimes -- for the Sacred Liturgy," he said.
"In addition, I am writing to all the 34 MPs -- 31 of whom are Conservatives -- in our diocese to ask them to support this request, when the issue comes before Parliament on Wednesday."
He told Johnson that he had called for a diocese-wide day of prayer and fasting for an end to the pandemic on Nov. 27.
Churches across England were forced to close March 23, but permitted to open again for private prayer from June 15.
Public worship will continue in Scotland after Nov. 5, but is currently suspended in Wales until Nov. 9.
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said he was "astonished" to learn that public Masses would be suspended again in England as the Prime Minister did not mention collective worship at his press conference on Saturday.
"It is a momentous act for any political authority to seek to ban public worship across a nation," Davies said in a Nov. 1 statement.
"No evidence has been offered to justify why the government seeks to ban public worship that invariably takes place amid some of the most stringent COVID safety measures in the whole of society."
"The vital role which public worship has for the well-being of hundreds of thousands of people in this Shrewsbury Diocese, together with faith communities across the nation, can never allow public worship to be dismissed as something non-essential."
There have been more than a million coronavirus cases and over 46,800 related deaths throughout the United Kingdom as of Nov. 2, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Bishop Patrick McKinney of Nottingham said on Twitter Nov. 1 that he had written to MPs within his diocese, asking them to challenge the government over the ban.
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A priest in his diocese recently generated headlines when he said that he would be willing to be arrested rather than deny the sacraments to the people of God for a second time.
Fr. David Palmer, a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, welcomed the bishops' robust response to the new guidelines on Twitter.
He said: "Praise God.. the Bishops' conference of England and Wales are challenging the lock down on Churches... thank you Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales!"