Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our churches are only gradually opening for public worship as it is deemed safe to do so. The central church of St. Mary is temporarily the only church open for worship in the parish of All Saints Newport. As well as the limited seating at St. Mary’s we also have to take into consideration social distancing requirements, therefore the number of people the church can hold is far lower than usual.
We therefore need to ask you to reserve a slot, so that you will not arrive at church and find you cannot go in. Before booking for please keep in mind the following:
- It is recommended that those aged 70 years or older and those with underlying medical conditions should remain at home and stay safe.
- Entry is dependant upon booking to comply with track and trace requirements. On arriving at the church you will be asked to check in, and necessary checks will be made.
- The doors to the church will open 30 minutes before Mass to allow adequate time for preparation.
- The doors to the church will CLOSE 5 minutes before Mass for the necessary safety briefing. Admission after this point will not be possible.
- You will be directed to your pew by a steward who has been instructed to fill the church from the FRONT. This is to ensure that social distancing is always maintained. Please follow the instructions of the stewards being respectful at all times.
- Holy Communion will only be distributed under one kind (the Sacred Host) and must be received on the hand.
- Mass will be shorter than usual and Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass.
- There will be no opportunity for photographs during or after the Mass. And once seated you must remain in your pew.
- If you cannot make the Mass please let us know as soon as is reasonably possible to make your place available to someone who may wish to come to Mass.
- We are asking in order to know how many hosts to consecrate for the Mass for the number of people who will be receiving Holy Communion. If, on the day, anyone feels it is inappropriate to receive Communion, that is absolutely fine. Where possible, use of the tabernacle is to be avoided.
A note on the ticket:
- the booking will entitle admission for the child receiving First Holy Communion and up to 5 other people from the same household group/social bubble. Any other people who arrive with the group will not be admitted to comply with legislation and for the safety of all present.
If you are booking on behalf someone who does not have Internet access please ensure you create a separate booking using their details. We are required to hold a list of attendees in case of emergency contact requirements.