COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
Need of Volunteers for the Reopening of our Church for Mass:
With grateful hearts we welcome the news from the Prime Minister and our Archbishop that we will be able to resume collective acts of worship. However, in order to begin celebrating public Masses again, we will need sufficient volunteer stewards. This is a mandatory requirement for reopening of Churches. We will need at least 3 volunteers for each Mass. It is only when we have sufficient volunteer stewards, that we will safely be able to open the Church for Mass.
I appeal to you to be generous and volunteer so that we may be able to reopen our church. You may call us on our parish number (020 8648 3800) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly also let us know which mass / masses you would be available to volunteer for. We will be very grateful.
The possible timing of masses if we get sufficient stewards is as follows:
Weekdays: 9.00 am and 6.30 pm
Saturdays: 10 am and 6.30 pm
Sundays: 8 am; 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 6.30 pm
Please note, this is subject to change, depending on the volunteers we get and will not start immediately. We will communicate the confirmed program of masses next week and will not be opening for masses this weekend.
Fr. Stephen Dias, sfx
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; Give thanks to him; bless his name, for he is good……….” (Psalm 100:4). Praise the Lord! The Lord is good and gracious.
The doors of our Church, which have been closed since 20th March, will be reopening very soon, but in stages. Each stage will be accompanied by guidance to ensure this can happen safely and effectively. The guidelines given by our diocese and the government focus on the least possible risk of transmission of the virus. In the first stage our church will be opened for individual prayer.
What is “Individual Prayer?”
Individual prayer within a place of worship is defined as a person or household entering the venue to pray on their own and not as part of a group, led prayer or communal act. They must be socially distanced from other individuals or households. Collective or communal prayer and regularly scheduled services are not permitted at this time. This includes any minister of religion or layperson leading devotions or prayer.
The Principles established by the government to enable safe reopening of churches below have been incorporated into this guidance:
Protecting those at higher risk (e.g. the elderly, those extremely vulnerable and shielding or clinically vulnerable and accessing annual flu immunisation);
Enhanced cleaning of premises - more regularly and no sharing of items;
Social Distancing - including when using outdoor spaces;
Face coverings for reassurance;
Hygiene (hand-washing) or hand sanitising facilities for all;
The following measures are to be strictly followed when you intend to come and pray in the church. Our volunteers will supervise and guide you. Kindly cooperate with them.
Do not come to the Church if you are suffering from any flu or cold like symptoms.
Enter from the main entrance door.
Exit from the side door.
Sanitise your hands as you enter the church
Sit or kneel in prayer in the places marked on the benches – to maintain social distancing. (At least two meters apart from each other)
People who are part of the same household may sit together.
Sitting or kneeling area will be marked for those more vulnerable.
Public veneration of relics or objects such as statues and crucifixes is not permitted.
If lighting candles on the votive stand, use existing candle as a source of ignition.
Face covering could be worn for reassurance by people in enclosed areas but is not strictly necessary.
Parents should manage their children appropriately, particularly ensuring they touch as few surfaces as possible for their own safety.
Toilet facilities will remain closed to prevent any risk of infection.
These measures are very necessary. I kindly appeal to you to follow the measures listed and cooperate with the volunteers.
God Bless you and your families.
Fr. Stephen Dias, sfx
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Church in England and Wales has today announced that all public Masses and other Services will be suspended from the evening of Friday 20 March 2020 (please note, the Stations of the Cross planned for that evening will no longer go ahead).
In line with the UK Government advice with respect to social distancing, all classes and activities within the parish are also cancelled until further notice.
Please read the letters from our Archbishop and Parish Priest, which go into further detail.
This website will continue to be updated to help parishioners with their personal and family worship during this difficult time - please check back on a regular basis.
While we are temporarily unable to physically attend and participate in Masses in the parish, we will be providing parishioners with the daily bible verses and mass intentions that will be offered by our parish priest on our Readings and Reflections page.
Link to Southwark Churches that currently broadcast Mass. Please check the individual times of parish Masses. Please note that this list may change in the weeks ahead.
Pastoral letter from The Most Reverend John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark:
Letter to Parishioners from Fr Stephen Dias, Parish Priest:
For further details please see the following websites:
Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
Archdiocese of Southwark