Masses of Sunday


We now have an extra Sunday Mass at 9.00 am .

The Saturday 5 pm and Sunday 10 am Masses are often difficult to allocate places at. Please consider coming to the 9.00 am Mass. 


Saturday 24 July  5.00 pm 

Sunday    25 July  9.00 am    plenty of space

                     &     10.00 am  


and

Tuesday and Thursday  at 10.00 am



At this time, it is still necessary to register to attend Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. 

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

0 7 9 3 5  5 2 6 6 5 5

This 'phone will be checked for messages/texts on Fridays. It wont be answered by anyone, so you must leave a message or text. 

If your registration is successful there will be no reply.


NB If you register for places at a Mass, and for any reason cannot come, it is important that you let me know so that the places can be made available for others.  


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

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

All Masses take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel 


If leaving a voice message, please leave your name, the number of people in your family/support bubble and the date and time of the 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: Jenny Tory 32/13/21  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.

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

FACE COVERINGS ARE  STILL 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 


Many thanks to our volunteer stewards and cleaners who enable us to have public Masses.

 

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

 

A note about our COVID-19 church cleaning regime 


We aren’t able to use much of the space in the church.  Not all benches can be used.

  • There is a 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, until restrictions are permanently ended, 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 come to church at this time.

There will be some weekday Masses (usually on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am and at other times as announced). These Masses tend to be less 'busy’ and  perhaps are 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  social distancing we would be able to admit very few people 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.