CHURCH RE-OPENING : COVID 19 UPDATE
Re-0pening of St Wulstan’s for Public Mass: will begin from next Tuesday (7th July), but it will be a while before attendance at Mass returns to what we are used to. Bishop Paul reminds us that we remain in a stage of transition, and it will not be "All back to as it was before".
Two metre social distancing will remain in place, which means the church has limited capacity (30).
If you have flu-like symptoms, or are in a “vulnerable” category please stay at home.
The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass still holds, so getting to Mass on any day of the week during these strange times is just as important for those who would love to come back.
Mass times: Tuesday 6pm / Wednesday 9.30 am / Thursday 6 pm / Friday 9.30 am / Saturday 9 am.
Church will be open for 30 minutes before Mass.
Several people have asked would they be turned away if there were already 30 people in church.
We are very much hoping to avoid that scenario by asking you to let us have your preferred first and second choice of day for Mass, preferably by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by using the 'contact us' form on this website
click here. If you do not have access to email, please ring Maria on 07732278730
When you get in touch we would need to know:
• Your name (and, if you are not using email, a phone number)
• How many people from your household/support bubble will attend. (As you will be able to sit together at Mass, it’s vital we know how many are in your group).
When we have everyone’s preferences, hopefully before Monday, we will be able to confirm by email or phone, which of the days you have chosen, that we will be able to welcome you to Mass.
It is vital that you contact us in advance and please don’t just turn up for Mass without receiving confirmation from the parish that there is sufficient space that day. It would, of course, be very helpful, if you were able to attend Mass on the same day each week, but that may not be possible for everyone.
We will continue to broadcast Sunday Mass on the Parish website for the foreseeable future.
When you come to Mass:
• Please maintain a 2 m distance and be guided by the stewards.
• Please sanitise your hands in the porch before entering church.
• To minimise movement in church Stewards will direct you to fill the benches from the front.
• You will probably not be able to go in your ‘usual’ bench but that will give you a new perspective!
• You may light candles at the statues once you have been shown you seat, but remember that sanitising liquid is highly flammable so keep your hands away from the flame.
• There will be a box at the back of church for offertory envelopes.
• Stewards will invite you from your bench to go forward to receive communion to avoid a long queue in the aisle. Please keep to the centre of the aisle and maintain a 2m distance from the person in front
• Holy Communion must be received only on the hand.
• At the end of Mass, please wait in your seat until a steward invites you to leave. Exit from church will be via the Lady Chapel.
• Please sanitise your hands as you leave church.
• Please move away from the church building on leaving via the Lady Chapel and not congregate near the entrance to hinder others leaving the building.
Church opening for private prayer:
Church will continue to be open for private prayer at these times :
Monday 11-12 am / Tuesday & Thursday 4.30-5.30 pm / Wednesday & Friday 11-12 am.
Unfortunately, we are unable to use St Edmund’s at the moment, as all the chairs are of soft fabric, and only hard surfaces are allowed.
THIS WEEK WE RECEIVED THE GREAT NEWS FROM THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE THAT WE ARE ONCE AGAIN ABLE TO ATTEND MASS IN CHURCH. THIS WILL BEGIN IN OUR PARISH FROM TUESDAY 7th JULY. PLEASE SEE TIMES BELOW.
Please note the following guidance and letters. Specific details and arrangements for our church will be published later in the week on the parish bulletin and website. (Times of opening for private prayer will be amended from this date.)
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England
Letter from Bishop Paul to Diocesan Clergy - Guidelines on Liturgical Celebrations
Diocesan Guidance for the celebration of Mass
Tuesday - 6pm / Wednesday 9.30am / Thursday 6pm / Friday 9.30am / Saturday 9am
IT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO SEE VISITORS IN CHURCH THIS WEEK.
CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
OUR DOORS ARE OPEN AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. PLEASE SEE OPENING TIMES BELOW AND PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS INFORMATION REGARDING KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE. THERE IS MORE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE IN THE CHURCH PORCH.
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WHAT A JOYFUL DAY! CHURCH WAS OPENED TODAY FOR PRIVATE PRAYER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 22nd MARCH.
GREAT NEWS TODAY.... WE ARE NOW ABLE TO OPEN OUR CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY 17th JUNE). PLEASE NOTE OPENING TIMES BELOW.
No further news today but look at the altar in church! It is ready for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament when we are able to open.
We had a briefing meeting for our volunteer stewards today, socially distanced of course! We're all ready to welcome you back to church for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament just as soon as we receive approval from the diocese for our plans and arrangements.
Here we are in church, seated in some of the designated spaces.
We have all necessary requirements in place and are ready to submit our plans to the Diocese.
Church has been marked out following social distancing requirements, as seen below, to accommodate 28 visitors at any time.
We have a group of parishioners willing to act as stewards and they will be briefed tomorrow in the hope that we will be able to open church for private prayer as soon as possible.
If you are able to help in this way, please contact Maria Doherty, contact details on church bulletin.
Following the Government announcement that Churches may open for private prayer, we are making plans to be able to do this as soon as possible after 15th June and are awaiting further guidelines from the Diocese.
Please see information on our Parish Bulletin this week and keep checking the website as all updates and further information regarding opening dates and times will be posted here.