3rd January 2021
CLOSURE OF OUR CHURCHES AT
LYMINGTON, BROCKENHURST AND MILFORD ON SEA ONLY.
Very reluctantly I have taken the decision to close our churches
St Anne's, Brockenhurst
& St Francis of Assisi, Milford on Sea, until further
As parish priest I have sole responsibility for the safety of all who use our places of
worship and I take sole responsibility for this decision. The current government lockdown guidelines allow places of worship to remain open for communal
celebration. However, if you examine these guidelines you will notice significant inconsistencies.
Also, the increased transmissibility of the new variant COVID virus casts doubt on the
effectiveness of existing measures. Added to this we are all aware of the extreme pressures experienced by the NHS and by our critical care wards in particular. We must not risk more serious cases,
nor must we be indifferent to the very difficult situation that our doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are going through.
We know that the roll-out of the vaccination programme will make a significant difference. We
have much to be thankful for. Having come this far in the struggle with this virus we must not falter at the last hurdle. Patience, calmness, responsible behaviour, support for those in need and
trust in God will see us through.
We thank God our Father for the creative power of the Divine Word present in all people and
all creation and most evident in the love, compassion, courage, ingenuity and selfless endeavour of all those who are striving to alleviate suffering, ignorance and oppression. (Father David
If you wish to book a seat for Saturday Mass OR Sunday
OLMSJ, Lymington @ 6pm Saturday
16th & 30th January
(Mass alternates with Sunday)
St Francis of Assisi, Milford on Sea
St Anne’s, Brockenhurst
Please ring the
parish office on 01590 676696
There are no weekday Masses at any of the above churches at the moment.
When you ring you will be asked to
Give your name(s) and contact number for Test and
These details will be kept for 21 days and then
On the day:
You will have to wear a mask inside the building.
You will have to sanitize your hands.
Stewards will guide you to your seat.