COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Updated 12 February 2022:

COVID-19 infection rates remain high. It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of infection in the community to save lives and protect the NHS.

 

Our church is open for the celebration of Mass and personal prayer. This is vital to our spiritual health and wellbeing. However, it is paramount that we follow the requirements: social distancing, sanitising and wearing masks.

We continue to need regular volunteer stewards for weekday and weekend masses to help with safety measures to protect us all from COVID-19.  If you are willing and able to volunteer, kindly let the Parish secretary or one of the priests know.

Face coverings

Please note that although no longer mandated by law, we ask that face coverings (covering your nose and mouth) continue to be worn inside the Church. This will keep you and others safe and it will make others feel comfortable to come and pray.

Sunday obligation

 

At present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Therefore, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations. 

Guidelines

We have guidelines given to us by the Government and our Archbishop, as detailed below. We ask for your help, cooperation and understanding in adhering to these:

Hygiene and Sanitisation

  1. As you enter and exit, please sanitise your hands.

  2. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your sleeved arm (not your hands).  Throw the tissue away hygienically immediately afterwards.  Then sanitise your hands with hand sanitiser.

  3. It is no longer necessary to sanitise the place where you sit or anything you touch.

 

Donations to the Church

  1. Please make online donations to the Church or via standing order.

  2. We have restarted taking cash collections during the mass. 

  3. Boxes for cash offerings are also placed at the entrance of the Church.

The Communion Rite

  1. We will continue to offer each other the sign of peace through bowing to each other with hands in prayer rather than by handshake.

  2. Holy Communion will be given silently in hand only.

  3. Maintain distance at the receiving of Holy Communion.

  4. Stand with your arm fully stretched to maintain social distancing.

  5. Your palms upwards, one on top of the other, should be extended as flatly as possible.

General Guidelines

  1. Holy Water stoups at the Church doors have been refilled.  This water will be changed every week. 

  2. There is no need of formal social distancing in the church building, although those present should be sensitive to the needs of others around them.

  3. Congregational singing will continue at the 9.30 am and 11.30 am Masses. 

  4. Parents should manage their children appropriately, particularly ensuring they touch as few surfaces as possible for their own and others' safety.

  5. Any items brought by you should be taken away and not left in the Church.

 

Stay at Home

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19 or is required to self isolate should stay at home and not attend the Church.