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From NEXT weekend (2nd-3rd October) there will be no need to book a seat (either on-line or by telephone) for Mass, neither will our churches have any social distancing markers in them, as we are continuing a return to a new normality. Instead, we will be reliant upon common sense and respect for our fellow parishioners. The Newsletter continues to offer the guidance that has been given at national level and remains as the advice that we are following within our worshipping communities.
Hopefully a growing personal confidence will encourage more people to attend Mass, perhaps beginning with a weekday Mass. As a Eucharistic community It is important that we to think about our spiritual sustenance and rediscover the joyful hope and optimism which is a part of who we are as God’s people.
I look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of familiar faces over the coming weeks. Until then I continue to assure you of a remembrance in prayer and affection.
As ever, Fr. Nicholas
Booking Tickets for Mass Attendance
Once the national restrictions are eased, we will be re-opening our doors for the public celebration of Mass. Once again it will be necessary for the parish to operate a registration system.
For more detailed instructions about booking tickets online, please see attached
Please note that only one ticket is required for each household group attending together, or per individual attending on their own. If you are an individual or couple, and tickets have sold out for your party size, then you are welcome to select a ticket for a larger party. It will also prove to be a useful tool which will help our stewards to co-ordinate visits safely on arrival.
Before registering to attend Mass, please ensure:
• You do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of smell)
• You do not have COVID-19 nor are you awaiting the results from being tested for COVID-19
• You have not been in contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
• You have not returned, or been in contact with anyone else who has returned, from overseas in the past 14 days.
When attending Mass:
(a) The Church Porch will be where Parishioners will be asked for their name / phone number etc. Only ONE household will be able to stand in the Church Porch at a time. Everyone else must queue (at a social distance of 2 metres) outside.
(b) Hand-Sanitisation must be done by everyone entering our churches.
(c) Parishioners are asked to sit where directed by our volunteer Stewards. (At St. Paul’s this will also include the use of the chairs at the far end of pews).
(d) For weekend Masses: ALL parishioners are expected to be seated in church by 25 minutes past the hour i.e. 5 minutes before Mass begins in order for everyone to spiritually prepare for Mass (including our Stewards & Fr. Nicholas). (Seats WILL NOT be reserved beyond 20 minutes past the hour).
We very much look forward to seeing you once again at Holy Mass
Access to live-streamed Mass, and prayerful guides
Leeds Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Diocese of Leeds, live-streams daily Mass, usually at 12.30pm (12noon on SATURDAYS) and preceded by the Angelus and Rosary which will be prayed at 11.50am (11.20am on SATURDAYS). The Cathedral’s live-stream can be viewed at: www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk Holy Mass is live-streamed on Sundays at 11:00am.
Many other Parishes throughout the country are also offering online live-streamed services. Details of which can be found on the Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales’ online mass directory
In these difficult times we have put together several documents which we hope will keep you updated in this unprecedented period.