What is Happening Within Heavenfield?
Following the great news from Cardinal Nichols about the planned resumption of the public celebration of Mass from 4th July, we await directions from our Diocesan Health & Safety Department and Bishop Robert concerning when we can re-open for the public celebration of Masses.
What are the Plans?
Following the most recent Partnership Development Group meeting, plans are well underway for Masses with social distancing and other safety measures in place to resume at Saint Mary’s (our biggest and most accessible church); we await permission from Bishop Robert.
How Will I Be Able to Come to Mass?
Full details of an online and telephone booking system for Mass attendance will be available as soon as we have a clearer picture. This is to ensure: -
- Social distancing and excellent hygiene in our church.
- A fair system where places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
- People do not have any wasted journeys, given our rural situation.
When Will Mass be Celebrated?
We plan to have several additional Masses during the course of each week, including extra Masses each Sunday morning. However, this will be entirely reliant upon sufficient volunteers coming forward to enable us to fulfill Health and Safety requirements.
How Do I Come to Mass?
To begin with, the booking system will allow each person to attend Mass only once per week. This will be reviewed according to uptake. We ask those people who are able to attend during the week to do so, leaving weekend Masses free for those who are working. Live-streaming of Masses will be maintained to support those people who are unable to attend Mass in church.
Initially, we will be observing a 2m social distancing policy, with everyone being required to sanitize their hands as they enter and leave the church. Congregational singing is not permitted at this time, although there may be some music.
We envisage that there will be capacity for 33 people to attend each Mass, plus up to two families (same household, up to five people).
To date, our Sunday obligation has NOT been reinstated by the Bishops of England and Wales, so we are able to attend Mass at any point during the week.
Your Parishes Need You!
The resumption of the public celebration of Mass is entirely dependent upon sufficient people coming forward to volunteer for stewarding and cleaning duties. So, if you are under 70 years old, do not fall into one of the “vulnerable” categories, are not self-isolating or shielding, and you would like to help to provide a vital service for us, then please contact Saint Mary’s Parish Office (01434 603119 or firstname.lastname@example.org).