St Joseph’s church and English Martyrs’ church are both now open for Mass and prayer. Please see the weekly bulletin for details. Unfortunately, because of their size, and the difficulty in arranging social distancing, St John’s church and St Patrick’s church remain closed for the time being.
At Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, the following restrictions are to be observed:
If you are ill even with mild symptoms of sore throat, cough, fatigue, lack of senses of taste or smell, or with any other illness, then you must not come to church. You will have to remain at least 1 metre away from all other people, other than those from your household or ‘support bubble’ at all times, when entering, seated, going to Holy Communion and on exiting. You have to wear a face covering at all times inside the church, during Mass or personal prayer. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to access church for private prayer without a responsible adult. There will be no toilet facilities available in church. In each church there will be a one-way system: At St Joseph’s please enter by the side chapel door and leave by the main doors. At English Martyrs’, please enter by the main doors and leave by the fire exit at the side. During Holy Communion please follow the directions of the stewards and do not leave your seat until invited to do so. Holy Communion will be distributed only by the priest, and will only be given in the hand. Specific instructions will be given before Mass, or by the stewards, which should be observed. Any items you pick up in church (sheets with prayers or readings) you must take home with you. Please sanitise your hands as you leave. During Eucharistic Adoration: please remain silent in church.
It is now possible to arrange Baptisms and Weddings as well as Funerals in church. The celebration of the Sacraments is subject to strict limits as regards numbers. The law at the moment dictates that only 30 people may attend these ‘significant life events’. This may change before the time a baptism or wedding takes place, but we will have to obey the regulations as they apply at the time of the celebration. In order to arrange, or rearrange, a baptism or wedding, please contact Fr Julian, preferably by email at his personal email address, as shown on the front of the bulletin. Otherwise, call the presbytery.
Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be rearranged in the autumn.
Holy Communion at home for the sick is now possible, but with restrictions. Please contact the Parish Priest to arrange this. The Last Sacraments may always be celebrated.
All Church meetings and gatherings are cancelled for the time being. There will be no Open House, though the Parish Priest is available phone (please leave a message) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please do not hesitate to contact the parish priest for personal conversations by phone or for requests for visits to those who are seriously ill.