Unfortunately we are not able to celebrate Mass together in the church at the moment. But you are able to come into the Blessed Sacrament for Private Prayer.
Firstly you must wear a face covering – this must cover your mouth and nose.
Secondly we have to limit the number of people who can be in church at any one time. This is so that we can continue to observe the two metre social distance that we have all become used to. Using only half the pews will enable us to do this. We will also need to limit the number of people who sit in each pew. If you come with your family, or your ‘bubble’ or other members of your household, you will be able to sit together. If you come on your own we will only be able to have two people per pew
We have four morning prayer opening sessions.
Stewards will welcome you as you arrive and take you to your seat. They will take your name and phone number for Track and Trace.
After you leave the stewards will clean your area in readiness for the next person. This is no mean feat and I am extremely grateful to all those who have volunteered. Without them we would not be able to gather.
Please do not stay any longer than you feel you need.This is to minimise the time we are indoors together.
If you are in the vulnerable group of elderly parishioners or have underlying health issues I would ask you to seriously consider whether you should come to Church. You must look after yourself. I know you will be sensible.
I will continue to record a Sunday Mass and post it on the parish Facebook page and YouTube channel. We will soon have the ability to live stream from the church so you will be able to watch Mass safely in the comfort of your own home. But not in your pyjamas, please!
I’m sure you’ll understand that we will not be able to open the church at other times during the day, we simply do not have the manpower to steward and clean.
Lastly, and very importantly, the toilet facilities in the St Richard Reynolds Centre will NOT be available. This is to minimise risk of contamination and the spread of the virus. I’m sure this will change in the future but at the moment, sadly, we have made the decision to keep them closed.
And the very last thing to say is that the arrangements could change so you will need to keep your eye on the newsletter, the Facebook page and the notice on the door of the church. We all want to find a new routine, but it will probably take some time.
Please continue to pray for those who are still being affected by Covd-19. The virus has not gone away and we all need to be vigilant. Ask God to be with those who are struggling, to bring them peace. And pray for me please and all those who are working so hard to enable us to worship God together. May his grace strengthen us all.
9.30am to 10.30am Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday