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CAUTIOUS RE-OPENING OF CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
We have received confirmation this week that we can begin planning for the cautious resumption of Mass in church. Any plans made will have to meet the strict guidelines set out by the government today and the Bishops and will require the Archdiocese to agree the plans made. This will take some time to organise so it is unlikely that any return to Mass in church will take place before mid/late July. Permission to hold such services will be reversed should rates of infection rise. This is not a return to business as usual
The numbers attending any Mass will be strictly limited – the exact number has to be defined – and will require social distancing to be in place, hand sanitising to be used and the wearing of face masks or face coverings will be necessary. As we have a small church, we will have to use a ticketing process in order to ensure that all parishioners have an opportunity to attend Mass in a safe and orderly environment.
Our initial planning is for four Masses to be held over the week (2 on the weekend and 2 in the week) but the maximum number for each Mass must be strictly observed – hence the ticketing process. Parishioners will need to be open to the possibility that we may not be able to attend Mass at the weekend but attend Mass during the week. In order to help in this, the obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday is still suspended.
The traditional manner for Mass is also changing – there will be limited readings and no homily, sign of peace or singing. Fr. Gildea will receive Holy Communion at the usual point in the Mass. Communion for the rest of the congregation will be distributed after the final dismissal of the Mass and reception of Holy Communion will be on the hand only. Communicants will be directed by volunteers to approach the altar and will leave the church directly after receiving without returning to benches. Therefore any bags must be taken up to the altar when receiving communion. The porch area will be kept clear at all times.
These are very different times, and we have to make wise decisions to protect our priest, ourselves and the wider community. The vulnerable should carefully consider the wisdom of returning to Mass too soon. They are not obliged to do so.
In order for the church to open safely, we will require volunteers to help with stewarding at each Mass and cleaning the benches etc, after Mass. If you are able to offer your services, please let Fr. Gildea know, but please be aware that unless we get sufficient volunteers we will not be able to open for public worship.
As was stated at the start of this letter, this will not happen overnight and will require the permission of the Archdiocese, but hopefully we will soon be able to attend Mass once again. The live streaming of Masses will continue in many churches even when they open again for Mass, so that people can make choices about whether they wish to attend in person or not.
Further information about the re-opening will be available once the plans proposed have been approved. Check our church website for details when available – https://stpeterschurchwoolston.jimdo.com/
Fr. Gildea, Deacon Jim and SPAM 4th July 2020
Our Creative Community
We want to see your creative projects from home DIY to your new crafty creations!
We have gathered some songs that help us pray and relax.
Come and take a look or share your own song!
ST PETER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our doors open to more children!
St Peter's Catholic Primary School has been open throughout the lockdown for children of key workers, vulnerable children and those with EHAC plans. The Local Authority decided to bring back Foundation Stage and Year 1 pupils to school, to finish the year from June 15th! Year 6 children will be in school for a week from 13th July for celebration, goodbyes and transition to high school. Years 2-5 will each have a day in school week beginning 20th July to say goodbye to current teacher and meet their new teacher for September.
They are back into the swing of things by getting stuck into their Math's, Phonics, Writing and exploring!
The wonderful staff are doing a fantastic job of looking after all the children in their care and should be celebrated!
They have also added to our Creative Communities page which you can take a look at by clicking the button above!
Check out their video's and have a look at what your amazing school has been up to!
Wisdom in a Crisis
A collection of 20 videos ( 2- 10 mins) to do with the pandemic given by the team headed up by Fr Richard Rohr at the Centre for Action and Contemplation based in New Mexico. The link is for video No 1 .Others that are easy to watch are 15 and 18
CAFOD EMERGENCY APPEAL
While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal
or in an envelope through Presbytery letter box marked for Cafod corona virus appeal.
CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April.
The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities.