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UPDATE – Wearing masks in church

Dear Parishioners,

We have had some further instructions from Bishop John Sherrington concerning the wearing of face masks  in church. Please read below

Face Coverings
‘Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24th July 2020. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public places where there are people who they do not normally meet, such as in church.’
From this weekend face masks will be advised to be worn in church. This will mean that we can move to 1 metre plus distance.

With kindest regards,

Denis Sarsfield

Updated Church Service Times from 8th August

Dear Parishioners,

It’s been wonderful to welcome you all back into church.  The Mass booking system appears to be working well – please continue to let us know when you will be attending Mass by booking a place online (click on ‘Events’ in the left hand menu and select which Mass you would like to attend, then follow the booking instructions).

Dates will be added weekly for Masses the following week.

N.B. From 8th August, new Mass service times for celebration in church will be:

Monday 7pm
Wednesday 10am
Saturday vigil Mass 6.30pm (NEW ADDITION)
and
Sunday Mass 8.30am and 10.30am

Unfortunately, we still have to limit numbers to enable us to keep to social distancing guidelines, so we are asking people to attend only one Mass per week, during the week if at all possible.
We would like Sunday Masses to be for those parishioners who are working or have children at school during the week.  The Sunday obligation is still suspended.

Everyone attending church is asked to wear a mask for safety.  This also enables us to have a few more people in church than without masks.  We have been advised that Mass should not be prolonged and congregational singing is not permitted.  The church will be cleaned after every Mass as per government instructions.

Although we are not yet able to return to our old ‘normal’, I look forward to welcoming you all back to church.

Fr. Denis

Churches to reopen for private prayer

Places of worship across England will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15 June, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed .

This decision follows discussions between the government and representatives of major faiths through the Places of Worship Taskforce which the Communities Secretary has chaired.

This move recognises the spiritual and mental health benefits for people being able to pray in their place of worship, and that for some people this cannot be replicated by praying at home.

New guidance will be published shortly to ensure the limited re-opening of places of worship can be done safely and in line with social distancing guidelines.

This will recommend the thorough cleaning of shared spaces, hand cleansing at entry and exit and asking worshippers to bring their own items such as a prayer mat or religious text instead of sharing or using communal ones.

Individual prayer will be permitted from 15 June, but communally led prayer, worship or devotion such as services, evensong, informal prayer meetings, Mass, Jummah or Kirtan will not be possible at this stage.

The government will continue to work with the Taskforce towards the full reopening of places of worship as soon as the scientific advice allows.

Baldock Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity & St. Augustine of Canterbury opening times will be

11am-1pm Monday to Thursday

11am-1pm Saturday

11.30am-1pm Sunday

Share your parish lockdown photos

Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to venture out for our daily ration of exercise and  enjoy our local landscape.

The little Muntjac deer was spotted on Norton Common this week.

The cowslips that freckle Ivel Meadow just near the North Road allotments in Baldock are a cheery sight.

We are blessed with lovely countryside in our little corner of North Hertfordshire;
we would be pleased to share your photos of the environment on the church website.

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