Resumption of Public Mass
We rejoice that public worship has now resumed here at St. Francis’ Church.
Please see below details regarding worship after 19th July 2021
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended, so if you are able to come to a Mass on a weekday instead, please do so.
As you know, the easing of restrictions will be completed this Monday 19th July. You may be wondering how this will affect our movement in church. We have been given guidance from the Bishops of England and Wales about how to apply these new allowances in our worship but with a cautious and careful approach which continues to uphold the wellbeing of everyone. We are sure that the changes we plan to make here at St. Francis will give us the freedom we are allowed but respecting any anxiety that people may feel.
As from Monday 19th July there will be no social distancing rules in Church, which means pews shall no longer be taped off and stewards will no longer need to direct people to their seating. The Mass times have changed since COVID and we do not foresee them changing back in the near future, so it does create a better opportunity for people to attend Mass but respecting adequate spacing for everybody. Saturday 6pm, Sunday 8.30am and Sunday 6pm are often very spacious.
Face coverings are not compulsory but are strongly suggested as they help reinforce people’s ease in being with a crowd.
Hand sanitising will still be available as you arrive and leave. Seating will continue to be sanitised. Thank you to all who so willingly do this for us after every Mass.
Various other ‘freedoms’ have been allowed which we will make known as soon as possible but for now we just wanted to share the factors that affect us more immediately.
We want to thank everybody for your attendance and support throughout the past year, but especially to our stewards who have volunteered their service so generously and have always been there to help keep us safe.
We are reminded that the virus is very much still with us, yet with a very successful vaccination programme we are more capable to live with it. Please do not hesitate when your invitation comes – get the vaccination and help our community become even more safe than we are now. With trust in God and care for one another we carry on towards the end of what has been a difficult journey for us all.
Thank you and God bless.
Volunteers Still Needed!
Stewards & Readers
Our deepest gratitude to all who have volunteered as stewards to allow our public Mass to take place. There are still gaps that need to be filled on various days, so please let us know if you can give some time to help steward, guide and sanitise then we would be most thankful. We ask that Stewards are to be aged between 18-70 and not part of a high risk category and also able to commit to the same Mass every week (realising of course there may be breaks for holidays etc..) Once you have contacted us we will send you further details. Please use the contact form and let us know which Mass time you can help at.
READERS: Please can we have volunteers to be readers at every Mass so we can draw up a rota for the weekends and weekday. We ask for people to contact us using the contact form if you are willing to read at Mass and let us know which day and time. Thank you!