It is very pleasing that churches are to remain open during the new period of lockdown, but with that comes a great responsibility on each of us to gather as safely as possible.
As of Monday 11th January the Church will only be open for the regular weekend Masses and for Mass on Monday and Thursday at 9.00am. Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be celebrated privately by Fr Peter and streamed on our Facebook page. The Rosary and Scripture Groups will meet by Zoom and there will be no periods of Exposition. We believe this is a good balance between safety and access to the church.
Please note that there will be no Universal Prayer (intercessions) or sign of peace and that homilies will be shorter than usual to reduce the amount of time within the building.
It is also worth remembering that we have a responsibility towards each other so please follow the guidance of stewards and all the safety measures we have in place. Please don’t congregate outside the church to talk after Mass, we know that you would all like to socialise but we must follow Government guidance. After the dismissal please leave church row by row and go straight home.
We will be looking at other online activities in the coming week or so; if you have any ideas we would be happy to hear them.
Keep safe and God bless you all,
Fr Peter, Deacon Tony, Deacon Chris
Please note that all public Masses have a maximum congregation of 50. There is still no Sunday obligation so if you prefer you can come to a weekday Mass when church is open.
Welcome back to Mass. If you are coming : Wear a mask; Social distance when queuing: sanitise your hands on entry and sign in for Track & trace or scan the QR code with NHS app: Follow the one way system and instructions from stewards (wearing aprons to identify them). Communion in the hand only, no chalice. Instructions will be given by Fr Peter. Strict limit of 50, no exceptions. Box for offerings at back of church. Leave promptly, as instructed, at the end of Mass, not before. THERE ARE NO TOILETS AVAILABLE. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PARISH CENTRE.
From now on the Church will not be open for Private Prayer sessions. Please do not think this means we are back to normal: There are lots of restrictions and regulations. Masses can only be held in churches which have been approved as fulfilling the Covid secure conditions, so Mass cannot be celebrated at St Margaret’s. Numbers at St Mary’s are strictly restricted to 50 per Mass, first come first served, so Fr Peter is celebrating 3 weekend Masses (see Newsletter for times).
Maximum of 50 persons allowed to attend.
Face covering must be worn.
Sanitise hands on entry and exit.
Sign in for Track & Trace. A QR code is now available to scan with NHS app.
Communion in the hand only.
Follow one way system.
Maintain social distance inside and outside church.
Currently it is not possible to open St Margaret's church but hopefully this will change soon.
This is going to feel strange but is for the best.
If you need any help please contact us via the presbytery or the Facebook page and we will do our best to help.
Keep smiling, keep praying and God bless you all.
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