Coronavirus

Details of where to live stream Masses are given at the bottom of this page.

DAILY MASS VIA ZOOM

Even though the Churches are now open with normal Mass times resumed, you can still Zoom in to celebrate the Masses with Canon Tom at Corpus Christi. The new Zoom ID meeting is 922 2054 7539 and the passcode is 123

COMMUNAL WORSHIP

The Churches will still be open for Mass and other acts of worship following the covid-security guidance that has been published by the Bishops’ Conference after consultation with officials from Public Health England and MHCLG.

Also people must NOT mix with anyone outside their household or support bubble. Parishioners MUST vacate the church promptly and not socialise or interact with anybody inside or outside of the church.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
We would like to urge parishioners to use the QR signs and record their appearance in the church via the NHS COVID-19 App. You can download it on your phone free of charge and then go to venue check-in and scan over the QR code.

CHURCH MASS

LIFTING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS – The Government rules are changing on the 19th July. We have received the Bishops’ guidance and recommend that face coverings still be worn. We will also be amending the seating area so that we can accommodate 100 people (more if there are families) but we still are adhering to social distance regulations. Also sanitising of hands is still recommended and the sanitizers will still be at the back of the church. 

SINGING AT MASS – We have now received the Bishop’s guidance with regards to congregational singing and this will be permitted indoors from the 19th July. Face coverings should still be worn whilst singing together, until infection levels reduce. 

Catholic churches in Weston are now open to Public Mass. Sunday and weekday Mass times will return to normal. However, there will be restrictions on numbers who can come to Mass. If we are to observe the one metre rule then all who attend Mass will have to wear face masks.

Face Coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches, must wear a face covering, unless they are exempt to do so. This is for the good of all who gather in the church for Mass, as it is an enclosed space where there are people from differing households who do not normally meet. Priests in the sanctuary, provided they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation, do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion. Other ministers in the sanctuary should wear face coverings and remain socially distant from the celebrant.

Because of the size of St Joseph’s church the 6pm Sunday Mass will take place in Corpus Christi. More information will be on our website and in our weekly emails.

There will be a notice near the door of the church to indicate the safe operating capacity of the church.

In churches where social distancing is 1 metre, the wearing of a face covering will be compulsory for all members of the congregation.

There will be no congregational singing.

Readers will be provided with single use gloves and should avoid touching the microphone or lectionary, apart from page turning.

No collection. Plates will be left at the back of the church.

Worshippers should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending church with, i.e. if they are attending corporate worship with one other household, wherever possible, they should maintain social distancing with anyone outside of this group.

Please could parishioners refrain from kneeling as this would bring you too close to the person in front.

The church will be closed after each Mass to allow cleaning.

The obligation to attend a Sunday Mass is still suspended. Some may wish to attend a weekday Mass.

WEARING FACE MASKS CORRECTLY

Face masks/coverings are one way to protect yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus, but they are only effective when worn properly. So when you put one on, make sure it covers the most vulnerable parts on your face i.e.  the  nose and mouth. The mask/covering does not need to be uncomfortably tight, but you do want to make sure that there are no gaps between your face and the mask/covering.  Putting a clean, protective face mask/covering on isn’t helpful if you touch the inside of it with dirty hands. So the key to keeping your face mask/covering as sanitary as possible is to wash or sanitize your hands for 20 seconds before putting it on. You should also pick it up by the loops or ties.  

UPDATE ON COVID RESTRICTIONS: There is no change to the attending of Mass or for periods of private prayer in churches. However, the wearing of a face mask properly is mandatory for those who attend Mass or church for private prayer, unless they have an exemption from this. 

WEDDING SERVICES: A maximum of 30 people will be able to attend the service and reception.

FUNERAL SERVICES: Up to the capacity of the church (which is 74) can attend a funeral service but the ‘Rule of Six’  will apply to wakes and receptions afterwards.

BAPTISMS: If a baptism takes place in a Mass which is part of the normal pattern of parish Masses, the number of people attending will be limited to the secure capacity determined by the COVID-19 risk assessment for the church building. (46 for OLOL and 74 for CC)  People attending must remain within their groups of six and observe strict social distancing between each separate group.  If a baptism takes place outside of this normal pattern of worship, the numbers attending this celebration is limited to 30. However, this does not include the minister but does include the candidate.

 

LETTERS FROM LOCKDOWN: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Philippians is very short – only 4 pages long – but is known as one of St Paul’s most joy-filled letters, so is a wonderful way for us to enter more deeply into the season of joy which is Eastertide. Perhaps especially it might help us find joy in our current situation of lockdown, because Paul was writing it from his prison cell – so it shows us how that deepest kind of joy wells up from our relationship with Christ which is within us, whatever our external circumstances

Catch up on the full series here:

Episode 1 – To Live is Christ

Episode 2 – Let Every Tongue Confess

Episode 3 – As Lights in the World

Episode 4 – I Count It All as Loss

Episode 5 – What Lies Ahead

Episode 6 – And Again I Say Rejoice

 

 

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LIVE STREAMS OF LIVING WATERS

If you look at the menu at the top, you’ll notice a new page for ‘Live Streams‘. We’re still working on one for Corpus Christi, but St Joseph’s have theirs up and running with daily Mass (in Polish) & Adoration at 9am with Fr Wiesław Garbacz.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T GET TO MASS Click here to view the article from the CTS. This includes prayers for making a ‘spiritual communion’ (also reproduced on our newsletter).

FOLLOW THE DAILY MASS READINGS This is a very good way to participate in the life of the Church even when unable to get to Mass. For phones, try the free Magnificat App. On computers, try Universalis.com.