RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR MASS
I will only be opening St Michael's for Mass and private prayer because I can keep to the strict safety
STEWARDS URGENTLY NEEDED OR
CANNOT OPEN FOR MASS AT ST MICHAEL’S
You will have heard on the News that the Government has allowed places
of worship to open for services from 4th July.
It is important to reaffirm, at present, the obligation to
attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
I know you are eager to return to Mass, but when you return please do
not expect everything to be as it was before Lockdown.
We now have a list of extensive restrictions and requirements from the
government, and Bishops of England and Wales, which have to be fulfilled before we can open for celebration of Mass with a congregation.
These are in place to avoid the transmission of the virus. Your safety
These restrictions mean that the number of seats available for Mass will
be greatly reduced.
You will have to ring or
email the parish office to book a seat.
But we cannot open until
we have Stewards in place.
Toilet facilities will not be available.
The 2m distancing will be in place.
No Stewards means I cannot safely open for Mass.
I am aiming to open for Mass on Sunday
12th July, BUT this is dependent on having the necessary number of Stewards in place. I feel we need to have the minimum of 3
Stewards on duty each week. If only 3 come forward, then they have to be available each week.
Before you volunteer to be a
Stewards can be parishioners from
St Bernard's and/or St Michael's, providing they meet the criteria below.
Stewards have to be in good health and NOT from the 70+ vulnerable or
They will have to clean areas of the church before the congregation
They will be required to ease the flow into church, so I'm afraid it is
likely parishioners will have to queue.
They will ask you to sanitize your hands before entry and when leaving
and advise you to wear a face covering.
They may also have to record your details to assist the Track and Trace
system should it be needed.
They will have to ensure you keep a 2metre distance at all times and
will direct you to a pew from the front of the church working their way backwards.
At the end of the service they will direct you out of church one pew at
If you feel you can help, or wish
to discuss this further, please ring or email the parish office:-
Contact Fr Abraham: Tel 02380 843479