Although we are gradually coming out of lockdown the Coronavirus is still with us so it is our obligation to take precautions to keep you safe. But even though we have a tight plan, we cannot guarantee that you will not be infected with the virus; therefore we urge you to continue to follow the government guidelines. If you are 70+ years of age or have underlying health conditions we recommend you stay home and stay safe. The same goes if you live with anyone who is vulnerable to the virus. We will always do our best to reduce the risk of infection through sanitisation and social distancing, but they are not guarantees.
As we see on the news evidence increasingly suggests that face coverings (masks) are most effective when we are indoors, we would urge you to wear a face covering when you come to Mass. If you do wear a covering you will need to remove it when you receive Holy Communion.
To maximise the safety of all concerned we are sorry to say that until further notice all liturgical ministries apart from Readers are temporarily suspended. And when readers do come to serve you will be asked to wear gloves as part of your ministry.
Holy Communion will be socially distanced and you are asked to receive the Lord in your hand only. Communion will also take place out of sequence in the Mass; you will be able to make Holy Communion at the end of Mass and then immediately leave through the designated exit. This means that when you leave your pew, you will not have to return passing a potentially contaminated spot. Once everyone has left, the process of decontaminating the church beings ready for the next Mass.
Toilet facilities will remain CLOSED but provision can be made in emergencies; please speak to one of the stewards if you need help.