RETURN OF SUNDAY MASSES (13/07/2020)
We will be resuming Sunday Masses with a congregation in the parish on Sunday 19th July.
The Mass times are as follows:
- Sunday 10.00am
- Sunday 11.00am
That will be the schedule until further notice. There will be no Saturday evening Mass or weekday Masses with a congregation at the present time.
A limit has been set on the number of people who can attend Mass in our church at any one time. This number has been set at 35 in order to comply with government and Diocesan social distancing requirements. This is, clearly, a significant reduction in our church capacity.
I would ask you all to reflect carefully on how and when you might be able to attend Mass. It is not possible for us to return immediately to our normal practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are “going back to normal”. The usual Sunday obligation to attend Mass has been suspended for the time being.
We have a team of stewards who will be there to guide and help parishioners at each Mass. The guidelines are very clear that we cannot open the church without this assistance, and I am very grateful to everyone who has volunteered.
It is very important that you are aware of the following points before you come to Mass:
- The church will be open 15 minutes before the Mass is scheduled to start. Entrance is through the front doors only. Exit is by way of the back side door into the car park only.
- There is a queuing system in place outside the church, marked off at 2 metre intervals.
- Entry to the church will not be allowed once the capacity of 35 has been reached. There will be no re-entry to the church if you leave before the end of Mass.
- We have been instructed by the government to assist with NHS Track and Trace. Every parishioner, or household group, will be asked for contact details before entering the church. This record will be retained securely in the parish for 21 days before being destroyed.
- You must follow the guidance of stewards at all times, especially in respect of hygiene and social distancing requirements.
- The stewards will be wearing face masks. It is not mandatory for anyone attending Mass to do so, but the wearing of face masks in the church is allowed.
- The Mass will be shorter than usual, and there will be special arrangements in place at Holy Communion time. Please carefully follow the guidance of stewards.
- After exiting the church at the end of Mass, parishioners are urged by the guidelines not to congregate outside and to return home promptly.
- Please also be aware that the church toilet is closed.
I know that there are a lot of changes to get used to. The “new normal” is quite different. We will all need to be patient.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.
Father Michael Ryan-Parish Priest.
Volunteer Mass Stewards (29/06/2020)
There will be an important meeting for volunteer Mass stewards on Saturday 4th July at 12.15pm. This socially distanced meeting will take place in the church, entry through the main doors.
Please ensure that you attend this meeting if you have already indicated your intention to volunteer, or if you are interested in doing so. All are very welcome.
WE WILL BE UNABLE TO RESUME MASS WITH A CONGREGATION UNTIL WE HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER STEWARDS.
Thank you for your support.
Father Michael Ryan
We Are Open for Private Prayer (23/06/2020)
The church will be open for private individual prayer on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 10.30am until 12 midday, from the weekend of 27th and 28th June, and until further notice.
Please ensure that you follow all of the social distancing and hygiene protocols inside the church. Entry to the church will be through the main front doors, exit by the side church door leading into the car park. Please be aware that toilet facilities will not be available.
We have NOT YET been given the go-ahead by the Diocese for Masses with a congregation. There will be a further update when this happens.
Father Michael Ryan, Parish Priest
URGENT MESSAGE: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (10/06/2020)
The government have issued Guidance on Re-opening of Catholic Churches for Individual Prayer. This is a first step towards opening for Mass. The guidelines stipulate that a team of stewards must be present each time the church is opened, to assist with social distancing and other directions. The number of occasions on which our church can be open is therefore dependent on the number and availability of volunteer stewards to carry out this important role. Masks and gloves will be provided for the stewards.
The volunteer stewards must not be in any Covid-19 vulnerable category and must be under 70 years of age.
WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPEN THE CHURCH FOR INDIVIDUAL PRAYER OR FOR MASS UNLESS SUFFICIENT VOLUNTEERS COME FORWARD.
If you are able to volunteer as a steward, please email Father Michael Ryan, parish priest, at the parish email address, email@example.com.
Building a Better Marriage online meetings (02/05/2020)
Dear husband and wife! During the lockdown period an online ‘Build a Better Marriage’ opportunity is being held on May 2nd 2020 running from 10am -1pm.
The course offered means that you can attend the course from your own living room and there is no group sharing!
A recent Build a Better Marriage course held on April 4th 2020 received the following comments from married couples who logged on …
‘The topics were chosen well and we could really relate to them. The personal stories you shared were very insightful and helped us to reflect on our own relationships more deeply… It was relaxed and you put us at ease, being friendly and personable…’
‘We thoroughly enjoyed attending the course and have certainly been practicing a few of the things we learnt already. It puts a smile on our faces when we do because we know that we are certainly richer from participating in the course.’
For further information contact: Carole – Tel: 07983524727 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanking you in anticipation – with my grateful thanks and prayers for your safety.
MFL Coordinator | Kent Pastoral Area