Our focus is to protect those who have not yet been vaccinated and those who remain anxious given the rise in Delta variant cases.
To ensure that we protect those who are the most vulnerable in our parish, Fr Anthony and the PPC have agreed that our Covid-19 safety measures will be released in stages to ensure that we continue to keep everyone safe. For the time being, we ask that all visitors to our Church continue to show compassion for others by continuing to wear a face-covering when entering the Church, unless exempt. The PPC will review this guidance in one month.
All Masses will remain reasonably shorter (singing is allowed with face-coverings), there will be a brief homily and there will be an offertory procession. Currently, we will not be having an offertory collection so we would like to encourage you to use the red buckets at the entrance and exits or to donate online via our Just Giving page. Alternatively, we have contactless technology near the notice board for donations and people can organise standing orders as well. If you have an envelope, please put it through the Presbytery door.
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Weekend Masses are popular, so arrive promptly to have time to find a seat and occasionally alternative your attendance to other Weekday Masses so that numbers remain between 80-90 for social distancing purposes at one metre.
Our Church is open for private prayers:
Mon to Sat: 10:30 – 12:00 noon only
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Wed: 10:30 – 11:30
Fri: 12:30 – 13:30
There will be live-stream only ‘Evening Prayers’ at 18:00 Monday to Friday.
Confession will be held in the Martyrs’ Chapel at a safe distance.
Saturday 10:30 – 11:30
Wednesday 10:30 – 11:30
At other times by appointment.
Guidance & Information
Last updated 20th July 2021
All visitors will be expected to observe the following general guidance when visiting our Church.
Do not attend the Church if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or cold or flu symptoms (high temperature, dry cough, loss of smell and taste).
When necessary, stand in an orderly queue outside the Church at one metre apart as directed by the stewards.
Sanitise hands on entering and exiting the Church.
Make known to the stewards if you need to sit in the area reserved for clinically vulnerable or wheelchair users.
Wait for direction from a steward before entering the Church.
Face coverings are strongly recommended unless you are exempt from wearing one.
Enter benches via the central aisle. Sit only on designated benches.
Access to the Martyrs’ Chapel is via the side aisle.
Always maintain one metre physical distancing within the Church. Same household groups may be nearer to each other.
All visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Adults must prevent young children from wandering around (if possible).
Only two people at a time are allowed in the Narthex for reading notices.
No articles or rubbish should be left inside the Church. Anything left will be disposed of as rubbish.
Light only candles provided by the Church and light candles from others already alight. These will have been placed in a hygienic manner by the stewards prior to the Church opening. Note that sanitiser on hands must be allowed to dry before lighting a candle as liquid sanitiser is flammable and could catch fire.
Behave in an orderly considerate manner whilst in any eventual queue and in the Church.
Be considerate in allowing movement of others around the Church so that physical distancing is observed.
Toilets inside the Church are not available to visitors. The nearest public toilets are in Canterbury Lane opposite the Church door (side door not main entrance).
Both Church doors will remain open to ensure adequate ventilation, particularly for Masses.
In addition to the general guidance, if you wish to enter the Church, we strongly recommend that you download the NHS Covid-19 App on your mobile device so that all you need to do when you enter is to focus your camera on the QR code on the poster and it will automatically register your visit. More information on the NHS Covid-19 App can be found on the BBC website or at the NHS website. It does not work on all phones so if you have problems just continue bringing in the track and trace cards.
Test & Trace Card – we encourage you to continue to complete these in advance and placed in a box at the entrance. If you are a ‘same household’ family, name one key contact and add the number of family members for that visit. If you forget your card, a steward will complete it on your behalf.
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