Possible reopening of the church for prayer. 

Very soon I hope to be able to open a church. This is being done in phases around the diocese, initially with a couple or so churches in each deanery, then more after some time.

Opening will be permitted only following an inspection of  church buildings and assessment of sufficient volunteers  in place by diocesan personel. This will be sanctioned by the bishop. Here is a  document detailing the Catholic Church’s requirements in Wales and England (link), and the government document on the opening of places of worship, 

Anyway, I will need to ensure that we have sufficient volunteers who are willing to act as stewards during the time the church may be open, and as cleaners to sanitise things after each period of opening.  

Depending on how many volunteers come forward, we might be able to open at least Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Numbers accessing the church and where they sit etc will have to be regulated and hygiene and social-distancing requirements will have to be strictly observed. 

I need to identify possible volunteers now. 

Would you please give this some thought? 

If you feel that you can volunteer now, but your circumstances change, that is quite understandable. 

As the Government's shielding policy stands, any volunteers would have to be under the age of 70, non-shielders and those without underlying health issues which might put them at risk. This means that some of the parishioners we have often relied on so much in the past will not be able to help with volunteering. Safeguarding requirements demand that volunteers are over the age of 18.

Eight volunteers have come forward so far. 

If you think you can help please contact me (email link here).   

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Please pray for our parishioners who have died recently
and for all whose anniversaries occur about this time

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
may they rest in peace. Amen


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SAFEGUARDING

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern

If  you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the Police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.  For all other concerns, past or present then please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator Marie O’Donnelly by email: modonnelly@hallam-diocese.com.  We will ensure that all concerns are dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner.

For all other safeguarding queries then please contact Jo Pearson: jpearson@hallam-diocese.com 

COVID-19 Support: During these challenging times it can feel overwhelming, and you may wonder how you are going to look after yourself in the months ahead. It can be difficult to maintain our mental health and wellbeing when coping with so much uncertainty and turmoil at home and at work. To support your mental health and wellbeing Caritas Hallam are offering free counselling to anyone within the Diocese. For Confidential Counselling please contact Bernie Ware on 07980 406198 or email bware@hallam-diocese.com

Mary’s Meals: Resources for Children 

This great charity are delighted to share an activity pack for children based on excerpts from Magnus’ best-selling book The Shed That Fed A Million Children. Through these stories, children can travel from the Highlands of Scotland to the heart of Africa, where they will meet some of the people who inspired our work to feed hungry children in schools. This is most suitable for children in upper primary and lower secondary stages. https://d1345tgcm1bzpm.cloudfront.net/assets/global/The_Shed_That_Fed_school_activity_book.pdf