Church is open for communal worship. This means Mass can continue. The Government Coronavirus Places of Worship Task Force met on 11th January. In the summary notes from that meeting we read: “The officials noted that keeping covid secure places of worship open for public worship adds no extra burden to the NHS and provides recognised benefits for the community…” “HMG stressed that there would be no blanket closure of places of worship…”
All possible covid-safety measures are in place here at Sacred Heart. In accordance with government guidance, the length of Mass has been shortened and there is no singing. Please do not attend church if you are sick or have any covid-like symptoms. Please remember that you can only attend Mass with people from your own household or support bubble and, unless you are medically exempt, you must wear a face covering. Please be guided by our wonderful volunteer stewards and follow the systems in place (including being shown to your place [places are limited in order to maintain distance between worshippers], movement at Holy Communion and staggered system of departure) for everyone’s safety. We must not mingle, inside or outside church (as tempting as it may be), with anyone outside our own household or support bubble. Please maintain strict social distancing at all times. Thank you for your patience and co-operation.
The temporary Mass schedule, worked out with our neighbours at St Joseph’s and St Thomas More’s, is in place, so that the whole week is covered by our three churches.
Temporarily, then, Mass times are:
Monday: 10.30am @ St Thomas More
Tuesday: 6pm @ Sacred Heart
Wednesday: 10.30 @ St Joseph’s
Thursday: 10.30am @ St Thomas More
Friday: 10.30am @ Sacred Heart
Saturday: 5.00pm @ St Joseph’s
Saturday: Confessions @ 10am @ Sacred Heart
Sunday: 9.00am @ St Thomas More; 9.30am @ Sacred Heart; 10.30am @ St Joseph’s & 6.00pm @ Sacred Heart
Please remember that, at the moment, the Sunday & Holy Day obligation is suspended. Therefore, it does not matter on which day you attend Mass, so you can attend on a weekday as an alternative to Sunday if you wish.
Please check the newsletter for any changes (under ‘Information’ section above)
Funerals are limited to 30 people and are arranged through the Funeral Director. Weddings are only allowed in exceptional circumstances with 6 attendees. Baptisms, according to government guidance, should not take place at the moment.
Keep safe & God bless you and your families
Canon Stephen & Fr Dominique