Good news announcement
Many of you will have been "hearing" Mass via live streaming from all over the world with the benefit of technology but this can never replace being physically present at the Eucharistic Banquet. Fr Tony and Fr Michael look forward to welcoming you all back after over three months of being deprived of the Eucharist. Good news indeed. However, there are the inevitable constraints.
The celebration of Mass will recommence on Saturday 4th July. Masses will be celebrated at the following times:
Saturday 6.30 pm
Sunday 9.30 am
Tuesday 10.00 am
Thursday 10.00 am
Numbers inside the church will be limited to approximately 52 people or maybe a few more depending on “household” attendees who can sit together. We urge you to please come to a weekday Mass, if you can, so that those who are working during the week can attend on Saturday or Sunday. Once the capacity of the church has been reached, people will be invited to stand outside or sit outside on chairs which they have brought with them. The doors and windows will be open. Please maintain 2 m apart wherever possible.
The wearing of a face covering is compulsory inside church as we are now socially-distancing at 1 metre plus in seating areas. Please provide your own face covering where possible but these are also available in church.
Please sanitise your hands on entry - bring your own if you can but hand sanitiser is available in church..
The church doors will not open until 15 minutes before Mass is due to start. Mass may start a little late if entry to church takes longer than we anticipate. Please do not enter the sacristy for any reason.
Toilets are closed
There is a one-way system inside church and not all benches and chairs are in use so please follow the signs and instructions from the stewards.
Signed Mass cards are available near the entrance. Votive candles will not be in use at weekend Masses. Please do not bring food or drink to church. If necessary, a non-twist top bottle of water may be used. All Newsletters and other items collected in church must be taken away and not left behind.
Please make your weekly offering as you enter church, collection points will be signposted. There will also be collection points at the exits.
Holy Communion will be distributed by one minister: either the celebrant or an extraordinary minister of Communion from a single point. This will be after the Dismissal. Instructions for receiving Holy Communion will be given and the stewards will direct you. Although the celebration of Mass will be slightly shorter than usual, it will take longer to exit the church so please be patient. Those who have been outside will be invited to receive Holy Communion after those in church. Anybody with mobility difficulties should remain in their seats and Holy Communion will be brought to them once the church is empty. Please also sanitise your hands as you leave.
Experience will enable us to make appropriate changes.
At the conclusion of the Eucharist Prayer the priest recites the doxology, Per Ipsum, “Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever" words we can look forward to inspiring us once more before joining in responding the great Amen. Deo gratias