Project Description

Our Opening Times

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 and respect for others and keep a safe distance.

We encourage you to:

Use the NHS Covid App to register your visit.

Take regular lateral flow tests if you are unvaccinated or are in other ways more at risk of contracting Covid as a result of your work or lifestyle.

Maintain good ventilation at all times by ensuring that the Church doors remain open when you visit.

Keep informed in relation to the risks by reading Professor Spector’s blog.

Weekend Masses are popular, so arrive promptly to have time to find a seat and occasionally alternative your attendance to other Weekday Masses.

As at Friday, 22nd October 2021

Barriers will be removed for Sunday Masses at 09:30, 11:00, and 18:00 so that more rows are available. If you prefer more seating space, pick up one of our new A5 laminated cards (available at the entrance) and once you have found a seat, place it next to you so that others are aware not to sit too close.

Barriers will remain in place for Saturday 18:00 Mass and Sunday 08:00 Mass. We encourage those who prefer more personal space
to attend these two Masses especially if you are vulnerable etc.

At all times we continue to encourage one metre social distancing, sanitising hands, and face-coverings when entering the Church, unless exempt.

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. 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 also organise standing orders. If you have an envelope, please put it through the Presbytery door.

We have the donations covered!

Guidance & Information

Last updated 17th August 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).
  • Since the Delta variant has arrived, other symptoms of Covid-19 can include headaches, runny nose, sore throat or chest pain or diarrhoea (which is more common in the elderly). Please be mindful of these additional symptoms before making any decision to come to Church. For further information about symptoms please visit Covid-Joinzoe.com
  • 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. Please do not close the doors.

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.

If you are unable to use the NHS Covid-App then use our 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.

Download Test & Trace Cards
  • Please note that there is still a dispensation from the Sunday Obligation.