Public Masses to resume on the 6th of July, 2020:
Monday to Saturday Church will open at 9.30am and Mass take place at 10.00am. Monday to Friday Church will remain open following Mass until Noon for Individual private prayer.
Sunday Church will open at 10.00am for Mass at 10.30am after which Church will be closed until 5.30pm for Mass at 6.00pm.
All the guidelines which have been in place will continue and are there to protect and keep safe all our people.
- A maximum of 70 people will be able to attend any mass and once this number has been reached a barrier will be placed across the door.
- If you are Elderly, have underlying health issues or have a cold then please think about staying away from mass at present or, as the Sunday Mass obligation is still suspended, consider attending a weekday Mass.
- On entering and leaving Church please use the hand sanitiser in the narthex.
- Every other bench has been roped off to maintain social distancing.
- Only FOUR people may sit in a bench, keeping a two-metre gap between each other, unless you are all in the same household and then you may sit together.
- Access benches by the centre aisle and when leaving church use the side aisles so maintaining a one-way system.
- Please note that we are required to keep the toilet locked.
- Do not touch statues.
- Please do not congregate to talk in the narthex, in Church itself or under the awning at the top of the steps.
- The Holy Water Stoups will remain empty.
- For the foreseeable future Sunday morning Mass will be said and without music as we are not allowed to sing. The hymn books and service books have been removed.
- Altar Servers will for the foreseeable future sit with their family in the Nave and not take their normal place on the altar, as the regulations allowing public celebration of mass does not give a role for them.
- Similarly, at all masses, readers and ministers of the Eucharist will not, for the foreseeable future, fulfil their ministry.
- There will not be an offertory at Masses, and you will be advised where to leave your weekly offering.
- The gifts will not be brought to the altar for the foreseeable future.
- The passing of the peace will not be proclaimed or take place.
- At the point of Holy Communion, please do not leave the bench until a steward asks you to and then processing up the centre aisle keep the two-metre distance by standing on the roundel on the floor.
- Please remain standing when you reach the sanctuary step. The Sacrament will be placed on your hand only. It will be done in silence and you do not make a verbal response. Please return to your bench by the side aisles.
- Please remember not to shake hands with anyone by greeting or farewell.
- Church must be sanitised after every mass if two or three of you are able to assist with this, it will be appreciated. It is not onerous, and sprays and paper towels will be available.
June 22, 2020.
Church is now open for personal, individual prayer, from the 22nd of June, 2020, 10.30am until 2.30pm Monday to Friday. If the volunteer stewards are unable to attend one day, then church will have to remain closed.
There are certain restrictions agreed by Government, Healthcare and Bishops Conference, all of which are aimed at making the Church building a safe environment.
The church doors and the narthex doors are to remain wide open to facilitate air circulation.
The two-metre personal distancing rule must be observed on the carpark and under the canopy at the top of the church steps.
Do not stand in groups chatting outside or inside church.
On entering and leaving church please use the hand sanitisers which are in the narthex.
All water stoops which were emptied are to remain empty.
Please observe the two-metre personal distancing from entering the narthex and throughout your time in church.
A one-way system has been put in place enabling access to a bench from the centre aisle.
When leaving Church please do so by the side aisles.
Only those from the same household may sit together and ensure that they practice social distancing between themselves and other individuals or another household group.
If parents bring their children with them, please ensure that they touch as few surfaces as possible and stay with you rather than wandering around church as they might ordinarily do. This is to protect them and ensure they are safe and keep well.
There cannot be any communal, led or group prayer for instance group saying of the rosary or devotions. Even a family or members of the same household must pray as individuals and not together.
Always ensure that there is a two-metre space between you and any other person in a bench and please do not squeeze past someone on entering or leaving a bench.
Every other bench has been cordoned off in church so preserving the two-metre personal distance in front and behind the open bench.
Do not touch or physically venerate statues and when lighting candles at the pricket stands do so with your own lighter or by asking a steward to light it/them for you. Tapers have already been removed.
We have been asked to remove the piety stall, all hymn books, and the parish library.
The toilet in church has had to be closed and is out of bounds.
The Lady Chapel has also been cordoned off as personal prayer must take place in the nave of church.
All church surfaces including door handles and offertory boxes will be sanitised every day to help keep visitors and stewards safe.
If you are extremely vulnerable, have a cold, illness or a clinical vulnerability then please continue to offer your prayers at home for the time being.
The government has advised that cloth face coverings (not surgical masks) may be a reassurance in enclosed areas but are not strictly necessary. If you choose to wear a cloth face covering please do not think of your action as being disrespectful to prayer or the sacred place.
Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales | June 7, 2020.
In response to today’s announcement, we are pleased that Churches can begin preparing for reopening for private prayer from 15th of June. This will not mean all churches will open but we are doing all we can to ensure that churches that can will open safely. Further updates on which churches in our diocese will be opening and at what times will follow shortly. Read the full statement from Cardinal Nichols by clicking here
Livestreaming Around the Diocese:
Churches around the diocese are continuing to livestream Holy Mass which all are invited to join.
The list of times and where to access Mass can be found here.
The National Catholic Shrine to Our Lady at Walsingham has a full broadcast schedule – including Mass, Rosary, Vespers, Exposition, Mass in Latin and even some talks. Visit its Livestream area
This is an online Catholic radio station, which is run by a global network of volunteer presenters.