ST WILFRID’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
On Thursday, 25th of June, the Metropolitan Archbishops issued the following message to all the faithful in England. On Tuesday, we heard the announcement that, from the 4th July 2020, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy.
Therefore, Mass and Confession will resume at St Wilfrid’s. Please note we are not permitted to use the confessional boxes. Alternative place will be designated for individual confession. The recent reopening of our church for individual private prayer was an important milestone. Many thanks to our volunteers who have been acting as stewards.
Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain cantered on the Lord Jesus and his command at the last supper to 'do this in memory of me'. We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
PLEASE BEWARE THAT THERE WILL BE A LIMIT OF 50 DESIGNATED SEATS AT ANY ONE TIME.
We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going 'back to normal'. If you are 70 plus or have an underlying health issue it is advisable for you to avoid the Sunday Masses when we expect a larger number, we suggest those who are +70 and vulnerable to attend Mass during the week.
When we return to Mass, there will be some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being;
• IT IS MANDATORY TO WEAR A MASK
• THERE WILL BE NO SINGING.
• THERE WILL BE NO SIGN OF PEACE
• HOLY COMMUNION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN THE HAND ONLY
• NO BIDDING PRAYERS
• MASS IN GENERAL WILL BE SHORTER
None of these detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. Please, we therefore ask everyone attending the Holy Mass to respect and follow the guidance of the Stewards.
Please bear in mind the following points when you come to church:
• The Church will be open during the week from 10 a.m. to 12 noon until 3rd July 2020 (Friday).
• The sacristy toilet will not be available at present, so please bear this in mind when coming to Church.
• Please stay in your seat, keep a safe distance from one another.
• It is recommended that you wear a face covering when coming into church.
• You will be required to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the church.
The Church needs to be well ventilated and the doors, and as many windows as possible, will be open. Thankfully we are in the summer months now, but it may get a little chilly, so please bring a warm covering just in case.
Finally, we ask that you please follow the guidelines and instructions of the ushers so that our church complies with the advice of the Government and our Bishops, and that we remain as safe and secure as possible during this time.
THANK YOU AS WE REMAIN UNITED IN PRAYER, THROUGH THE LOVING HEART OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Fr Tomasz and Deacon John
ST WILFRID'S CHURCH
TUESDAY - 10am - Holy Mass
WEDNESDAY - 10am - Holy Mass
THURSDAY - 10am - Holy Mass
FRIDAY - 10am - Holy Mass
SATURDAY - 10am - Holy Mass
5pm - Holy Mass
SUNDAY - 10am - Holy Mass
11am - Holy Mass
12pm - Holy Mass