Dear Friends in Christ
With the reopening this weekend of all public places of worship, there are stringent Governmental & Diocesan guidelines that we must follow; this is to ensure the health and safety of all parishioners who will use the Church. There will be a team of Stewards at each Weekend Mass to ensure a steady flow in and out of the church; they are there to assist and help you. Social distancing is of prime importance. 2 Meter distancing; one meter plus if you’re wearing a mask; families can sit close together; IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT MASKS BE WORN THROUGHOUT THE MASS.
Sanitising Hand Gel will be available as you enter the church; Offertory Baskets and boxes are available to receive your Weekly Offertory. Please make your way to your seats using the side aisles; and move right in on the benches. Doors and windows will be open for ventilation. There will be no Holy Water, no hymn books or Mass books, no singing; no sign of peace, no Prayers of Intercession, there will be no reception of Communion from the Chalice.
Holy Communion should be taken in the hand, with arms fully extended and one hand placed on the top of the other; there will be a barrier of distance between the Priest & the Communicant. The Priest will be the only Minister of Holy Communion (he will wear face mask & Visor). When the Priest receives his Communion, he will audibly say The Body of Christ, to which everyone replies Amen. The Same with the Chalice & The Blood of Christ. Stewards will assist in the approach for Holy Communion, ensuring social distancing. No words will be spoken as you receive Holy Communion. Please return to your seats by the side aisles.
On leaving the Church at the end of Mass, please use the centre aisle; apart from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, to which you will use the side aisle. I know and understand that these guidelines may appear a little awkward and complicated, until we get used to them; but your health and safety is of our prime importance.
For parishioners who are in the vulnerable age bracket 70 plus; or if you have underlying health issues or are displaying symptoms of Corona virus; we will continue to live-stream the masses, both at the weekends and during the week; but it’s your prerogative to attend Holy Mass. Please note that the angle of the camera will have to change to a side-on view of the Altar. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE! Fr. John
Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,
In the Gospel today Jesus calls us to himself; “come to me all you who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest; shoulder my yoke and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. Jesus is our consolation and hope; it is in him and him alone, that we should put our faith and trust. He will never let us down, and will always be there when we call upon his holy name. Lord Jesus come to me!