Phase 3 “Covid Restrictions” & Christmas Mass Attendance

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As we are in Phase 3 of “Covid Restrictions” Mass is celebrated publicly at 10 am Monday to Saturday inclusive. The maximum congregation permitted in the church is 50.

Sunday Mass times have reverted to Vigil at 6.00 pm Saturday. Sunday – 9.00 am and 11.00 am. For those who do not feel safe to attend, the church remains open all day and we encourage you to drop in and make a private visit part of your daily walk.

Eucharistic Adoration: takes place every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 10.00 pm and you are welcome to call in throughout the day.

Christmas Mass Attendance: The Archbishop continues to express his concern that people adhere to the Public Heath Guidelines for the Health, Safety and wellbeing of all. He emphasises that no one should feel under pressure to attend Mass. There is no obligation to attend Christmas Mass, while the current Public Health recommendations are in place. However, should you wish to make a visit to the church at a quiet time, you are welcome to attend 10 am daily Mass on any weekday leading up to Christmas, or Mass on Sunday 27th December. We are encouraging families, most of whom are computer literate, to watch Mass over the webcam, as a family, and to then to make a visit to the church, light a candle, and visit the crib, saying the suggested prayers that will be displayed at the Crib.

Christmas Mass attendance requires prior reservation: If you wish to reserve a place one of the Masses in the church, during the Christmas Season, please remember that the Mass booking form, enclosed with the parish Christmas card, must be returned to the Pastoral Centre reception or the Pastoral Centre letterbox, by 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 16th December. Towards the end of this week, you will receive a phone call or an email, indicating whether you have secured a place to attend your preferred Mass, or offering an alternative. We will endeavour to be as fair as possible, but it is our wish to give “priority boarding(!)” to those who are unable to use social media to watch the webcam. Following a lot of discussion, the Parish Pastoral Council agreed that this was the only fair solution in order to comply with the Government and Public Health regulations.

Archbishop Martin has urged churches to comply with the strong recommendations of Public Health. We cannot exceed the maximum number permitted to attend at indoor gatherings, nor can we have people standing in the church porch, at the back of the church, or outside the church.