COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Updated 9 Jan 2021:

We are now at a point where, across our Archdiocese, Covid-19 infection levels have risen significantly. Our churches remain 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.

What is the best way to protect yourself and others?

  • Stay at home as much as possible and work from home if you can.

  • When outside your home, maintain a two-metre distance between yourself and others at all times.

  • If you are or have been out, frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.

  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.

  • When feeling ill, stay at home, avoid contact with others except for seeking medical care.

Face coverings

Please note that the Government has made it a mandatory requirement that face coverings must be worn in all places of worship, including at all Church services.

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. 

Test and Trace

If you have the NHS COVID-19 App on your mobile phone, the Church has its own QR code for Test and Trace purposes. As you enter the Church, please scan the code using the Venue Check In function of the app. If you check in via this method, then you will not have to provide written contact details.

If you do not have the NHS COVID-19 App or do not want to register in this way, then you will need to register using the slip of paper provided below (also available at the entrance to the Church). You need to:

  • Record your name and those of your household

  • Give your phone number, e-mail and postal address

Guidelines:

We have guidelines given to us by the Government and our Archbishop which are to be strictly adhered to when we come for Mass in the Church, as detailed below. We ask for your help, cooperation and understanding.

General Guidelines:

 

  1. Enter from the main entrance door

  2. Exit from the side door

  3. Public veneration of relics, or objects such as statues and crucifixes is not permitted.

  4. There will be no Holy Water in stoups at the church doors.

  5. As you enter and walk the aisles of the church, keep a safe distance from others.

  6. Parents should manage their children appropriately, particularly ensuring they touch as few surfaces as possible for their own safety.

  7. Toilet facilities will remain closed to prevent any risk of infection.

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

 

Hygiene and Sanitisation:

  1. As you enter and exit, 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. As you enter and walk the aisles of the church, keep a safe distance from others.

 

Church Capacity:

  1. Church capacity will be around 32 (this will vary dependant on household groups)

  2. When the capacity is reached, the Church will be closed.

  3. Sit in the places marked ‘sit here’ on the benches.

  4. Members of the same household will be allowed to sit together on one bench.

  5. Any person under 16 years is not allowed to enter the church building without being accompanied by an adult.

 

Visit to the Chapel of Our Lady:

  1. Our Lady’s Chapel will be open only before the Mass.

  2. No one will be allowed to go to the Chapel after the Mass

  3. Only two people will be allowed in Our Lady’s Chapel at a time.

  4. Members of the same household will be allowed to visit together.

  5. For lighting votive candles, please use existing candles as a source of ignition.

  6. Make your visit short to allow others to have a chance.

Celebration of Mass and Readings:

  1. There will be no congregational singing at Mass.

  2. The responses for the Mass should not be in raised voices because of the possible risk of transmission from aerosol and droplets.

  3. There will be no altar servers.

  4. The readers will be given a paper with the reading printed on it. 

  • It will be kept on the reading stand.  Readers can take it from there before Mass starts so that they can familiarise themselves with the readings.

  • After the reading, take the paper home with you.

  • Do not touch the microphones. If you have to, please use a glove.

 

Donations to the Church: 

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

  2. Boxes for cash offerings will be placed at the entrance and exit of the Church.

 

The Communion Rite:

  1. No exchanging of the sign of peace.

  2. Communion will be given silently in hand only.

  3. Maintain distance at the receiving of Holy Communion.

  4. Stand in the place marked and fully stretch your arm to maintain social distancing.

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

 

After the Mass:

  1. The congregation should leave the Church immediately and not remain.

  2. The Church will be closed for cleaning; to be kept ready for the next mass.

 

Stay at Home:

  1. Anyone in the following categories MUST STAY AT HOME due to the risk that they may pose to others: 

  • Individuals showing the following Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change in taste or smell).

  • Individuals who are self-isolating due to a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19 in the household, or because they are requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

2. The following should stay at home and not come to church:

  • Individuals who are shielding

  • Individuals who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions and other who are classified as vulnerable because of medical conditions. (i.e. those that are eligible for a flu jab from the NHS each year)

They could remotely participate through live streaming of Masses.

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.

For further details please see the following websites:

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/

Archdiocese of Southwark

http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/

 

Saints Peter and Paul

The Presbytery, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD


 

Any comments or feedback on the website: Email us on : peterpaulmitcham@gmail.com

Charity no. 1173050 -  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.

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