Registering is essential for Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. 

Please try to register your intention before 12 noon on FRIDAY by texting or leaving a voice message at the number below.

If your registration is successful you will not be contacted.

NB If you register for places at a Mass and cant for any reason come, it is important that you let me know  - then the places can be available for others.  

please pass this information on to parishioners who may not see this website


PUBLIC MASSES  this week 

A reminder that there is no Sunday/Holyday obligation at this time.

 If you would like to attend Saturday 5.00 pm or  Sunday 10 am Mass, please register your intention before 12 noon on FRIDAY by texting or leaving a voice message ONLY at this number:

07935 526 655

this 'phone will be checked for messages/texts regularly

it wont be answered by anyone, so you must leave a message or text 

 

There is no need to register for weekday Masses.

All Masses will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel – please note the times

(The Saturday Mass often has more availability than Sunday morning’s.)


Saturday, 23 January 5.00 pm   space available 

Sunday, 24 January  10.00 am   very limited space available

and on

Tuesday           10.00 am

Thursday          10.00 am


If leaving a voice message, please leave your name, the number of people in your family/support bubble and the date and time of Mass you wish to attend, and include your phone number if it is not normally displayed when calling. 

If you are sending a text message, please send only your name and the names of others in your family or ’bubble', along with the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend 

for example: Bella Premunt  24/1/21  10 am


The church will be opened 30 minutes before Mass. 

All are asked to observe social distancing when arriving and departing and to use the ‘one way’ route when leaving.

You can register for others outside your family / bubble who don’t have access to this web page or a text facility, but please do so in a separate message.

If you turn up without registering, it may not be possible to accommodate you inside the church due to social distancing measures.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday/Holydays is still suspended.

FACE COVERINGS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO BE WORN - BY LAW  - inside the church - we are all required by HM Government to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, this includes churchesThere are exemptions to this requirement (link).

Please attend only if you are free from any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g. fever/high temperature, persistent dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of taste and/or smell);

Please do NOT attend church if

·     you have COVID-19 symptoms or are awaiting results after being tested for COVID-19;

·     you’ve been in contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; 


Many thanks to our volunteer stewards and cleaners who are looking after our wellbeing.

 

Phone numbers and names will be kept securely for track and trace purposes for 21 days and then deleted.

 

More volunteers are needed to steward at Masses. 

The situation we are enduring due to COVID-19 is likely to continue for some time. We need  more volunteers to act as as stewards for Mass. The greater the number of volunteers, the less the burden it will be for everyone. 

If you are under 70 years of age and in good health, please consider helping out.

It would be a great pity should I find that I am forced to cancel public Masses because we don’t have sufficient numbers of stewards.

A note about our COVID-19 church cleaning regime 


We aren’t able to use much of the space in the church.  There are only 13  pews that can be used - this equates to 26 individuals (one at the opposite bend of each bench), but more when couples, families or established social ‘ bubbles’  are together on a bench. 13 is the crucial number here - when these benches are occupied by any combination of people, the church will be full and no one else is allowed inside the building. However, the doors have to be left open for ventilation.

  • There is a text SMS registration system for those intending to come to Mass - this will also be useful for Track and Trace purposes, should details be needed.
  • You will be expected to use the hand sanitiser that is provided on arrival and departure, or be seen to be using your own
  • All are required by HM Government to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, this includes churches. There are exemptions to this requirement (link)
  • You’ll be directed to a place in church by a steward. I know this is difficult fror some of our longstanding parishioners, but this is a requirement of us being allowed to open. We need to carefully space those who are in church. For a time we all have to put to one side notions of‘my usual place in church’.
  • For the forseeable future, celebrations of Holy Mass must be brief, the order of Mass is slightly altered  and there’ll be no singing. For the time being, I will be the only person in the sanctuary.
  • No toilets are available 
  • There will be no leaflets/Mass sheets/newsletters avaialable - you can either bring your missal or print out a Mass sheetbut please make sure you take them away with you
  •  Mass times  have changed and, for some time to come, will all take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

N.B. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended by the bishop.

Don’t be anxious if you are a 'shielder' or feel you would rather not to church at this time.

There will be some weekday Masses (usually on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am and on First Fridays at 7.00 pm). These Masses tend to be less 'busy’ and are perhaps an option for those who can come to church on weekdays and help ease the pressure on Sundays.  

Masses are still being streamed online from various churches.

Sadly, I can't see our chapel of ease,  St Thomas of Canterbury Church,  reopening until we return to something like ’normal'. Having no side aisles, there isn’t a way to establish  a ‘one-way’ system there, and with mandatory 2 metre social distancing we would be able to admit very few people ( only 8 individuals) into the building. 
For the time being, we will use the larger Parish Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to accommodate as many parishioners as possible 
from both communities.

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