The Government has announced that from Saturday 4th July 2020, communal acts of worship will be allowed in Catholic Churches. The Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales has given guidance that we need to follow to ensure we comply with government guidance and keep safe.
Please read the information below which details all our advice and what you need to do if you are going to attend Mass.
The following guidance should be following by everyone who attends either St Andrew’s or St Mary’s.
- Please do not visit the church if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell.
- You must not visit if you have been asked to shield or are in self-isolation.
- Hand sanitisers must be used on entry to, and exit from the church.
- Face coverings must be worn by all members of the congregation.
- Social distancing, following government guidance of 1m plus, must be followed at all times.
- All printed material, such as missals and hymn books, which are not intended for single use will not be available in the church.
- There will be no congregational singing at Mass.
- There is a maximum limit of people in the church which is determined not only by the number of people, but whether they are part of a family or bubble. Once the limit is reached you will be asked to attend a different service.
- If you are able to attend a weekday Mass then you may consider this as an alternate to the weekend Mass. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended and a weekday Mass will be quieter than the weekend.
As a requirement of the government’s test and trace system we are required to hold details of all those who attend each of our services. The requirement is to hold these details for 21 days.
We would like to hold your details on file for longer than this so that we can contact you in the future in regard to parish activities and other such matters.
If you are happy for this to occur, then please tick the appropriate box.
There will be hard copies of this form available at church, but we would urge you to complete this online, either before you attend Mass, or on return.
We need to record this information for all services. However It is possible to indicate that you will normally attend a particular Mass, in which case you only need to register once, rather than each week.
If you attend a weekday Mass, this information will be recorded on the day in church.
If you have previously registered, and indicated that you will attend a particular Mass each week there is no need to re-register.
Note: Registration does not guarantee admittance to Mass.
The following guidance applies to readers.
- Readers will be supplied with single use disposable gloves.
- Readers should avoid touching the microphone or the Lectionary during the Liturgy of the Word, apart from page turning.
- There will be no bidding prayers.
There will be no offertory procession of the gifts of bread and wine to the altar.
There will be no sharing of the collection basket. Parishioners are encouraged to make their donations to the church via standing order. Online giving will be available shortly.
Collection baskets will be placed at the entrance to the church in which you can deposit your envelope or cash. However please consider doing this electronically to reduce the risk of using cash.
Canon Adrian will distribute Communion following the dismissal, after which you will leave the church.
Communion will be only under one kind and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will not be used at the present time.
To keep the church open it is necessary to have additional help from our parishioners.
We need stewards who can help the congregation before and during Mass and also to sanitise the church after Mass. Can you help? If so please complete the form below.
Note: Due to the nature of the role we need to ensure our stewards are safe. This means that those who are isolating for medical reasons and persons over 70 are not suitable for the position at this time.