Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Churches remain open for Mass

Dear parishioners,

Once again, we are in “lockdown”, but this time the churches can remain open for public worship! Father Richard and I will continue to serve you as best we can.

Here are the conditions that the Government require us to follow to remain open:

You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship. Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.

You must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble if you do attend a service.”

              (From NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk))

I would like to thank all of you who have been complying with these instructions, allowing us to provide a safe place for worship. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who steward and sanitise the Churches after each Mass.

Masses will continue as normal for the time being. For Mass times, please see the bulletin.

With assurance of prayers,

Canon Michael and Father Richard

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