RESTORATION of PUBLIC WORSHIP in CHURCH
Church is now open for Mass/private prayer:
Sunday: 9.30 til 10.30am & 6.00 til 7.00pm
Tuesday: 6.00 til 7.00pm
Friday: 10.30 til 11.30am
Mass will be said at the beginning of the hour then a further time if there are people waiting who could not get a seat at the first Mass; if not, Exposition or private prayer will follow for the remainder of the hour.
Pews/church will be cleaned between Masses. The church will be cleaned using a sterilizing fogging machine when the church closes.
Please note that you are also very welcome at St
Joseph’s Wednesday 10.30 – 11.30am, Saturday 5.00 – 6.00pm & St Thomas More Monday 10.30 – 11.30am & Thursday 10.30 –
11.30am where Fr Dominique is operating the same system. The whole week is covered by our three churches.
Saturday 10.00 – 11.00am
I am immensely grateful to those who have volunteered in order to facilitate the opening of church.
I ask for much patience and understanding as we move forward.
Sanitizing facilities are in place. A system for enabling social distancing is in place. Our Volunteer stewards are prepared and have the necessary equipment to keep them safe. Our Risk Assessment has been approved by the Bishop.
Worship will be socially distanced. Unless you are exempt from doing so, please wear a mask to church.
As an act of charity to your brothers and sisters, please do not come to church if you have covid or flu like symptoms.
The numbers of people able to attend at one time are limited.
Please enter by the main doors to church and leave by the side door to church, thus enabling a one way system.
In accordance with the instructions we have been given there will be no singing, Communion under one kind only, no Sign of Peace. Mass will be a very simple said Mass.
I have deliberately not mentioned money during this period as I know that it has been a difficult period for many. However, there is the opportunity to dr0p off your offerings in church, should you wish.
Communion will be distributed from behind the altar rail. Stewards will facilitate the safe movement of people.
At the moment, government guidelines mean that we can have weddings, funerals and baptisms in church but attendance is restricted to 30, social distancing must take place with a ‘track and trace’ system of names and contact numbers of attendees.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days has not yet been restored. When it is, it will be published. This means that you are under no pressure to attend if you feel uncomfortable doing so at this stage. It is entirely up to you to decide, according to your own personal circumstances, medical situation, etc, when the right time is for you to return to Mass. It also means that it does not matter on which day you attend at this stage.
Again, patience and forbearance will be needed. I ask that people don’t attend Mass more than once in a day, in order to give other people the opportunity to attend.
Sacred Heart Church was completed in 1934 and originally dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Philomena but in the 1960s became simply Sacred Heart Church. Until 2000 the Sacred Heart parish consisted of the Southern central area of the town but in that year the three town centre parishes of Saint Mary, Sussex Street (Middlesbrough’s original Cathedral parish) Saint Patrick, Cannon Street and Sacred Heart were joined together to form one new parish. The formation of the new parish was a necessary response to the falling population of central Middlesbrough which had been taking place over the last fifty years. The former Cathedral of Saint Mary was destroyed in by fire in 2000 and Saint Patrick’s Church was closed and demolished in 2002.
Sacred Heart Church is modelled on the Abbey Church of the Benedictine Monastery of Saint Andre at Kopen near Bruges in Belgium and is built of yellow Belgian brick in a Romanesque style. The building features a considerable amount of attractive mosaic work, an altar in Carrara marble and some very interesting coloured glass windows by the Harry Clarke Studio in Dublin.