NO PUBLIC MASS IS POSSIBLE DURING THE LOCKDOWN – CHURCH OPENING TIMES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER BELOW
Following guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, St Barts has no public Mass but is open for personal prayer at these times:
Masses can be followed or participated in spirit via live-streaming from some parishes. For details see Masses Online section below.
MASS LEAFLET FOR SUNDAY
Advent Discussion Groups
South St Albans Churches is planning to organise ecumenical sessions for 4 weeks during Advent 2020 using the material from St Martins in the Fields Advent courses 2019. Contact: Christine Lambert (email: firstname.lastname@example.org); mobile: 07957 486099 by Tuesday 3 November Please click here for more details.
Since June, a team has been working to implement the guidance offered by Government and the Diocese, to ensure that the church will be a safe place for personal prayer. Social distancing and cleaning rules reduce the capacity of the church. I know that our stewards and cleaners will do their best for every parishioner or visitor who will come into the church to pray. The Government and the Cardinal advise all those who are vulnerable, those displaying any symptoms of flu or cold or unwell and those who have been told by NHS to self-isolate NOT to visit the church. Apart from these groups you are all most welcome.
More than a dozen volunteers have offered help so far. More volunteers to steward and clean are welcome. You need to be well, aged between 18 and 69, not isolating or shielding etc. Please contact Eamon Rafferty: email@example.com
The stewards will guide you through the church. There are very important hygiene procedures that each and every one is to follow. Please make sure that you adhere to the guidelines from the Diocese and the Government.
Please wear a face covering when you arrive and keep it on while in the church.
As you enter the Church please observe the signage and follow them through. You will be asked to sanitise your hands before you enter the church and after you light any votive candle and again when you exit the church. It is very simple once you enter the church: just follow the one-way signs on the church floor to the pews and sit exactly where you see the “Please sit here” sign on the pew.
Please keep your social distance and avoid hand shaking and embracing others. A household can sit together on the same seat as indicated in the church but please be observant and keep a 2m / 6ft distance from all others not in your household. Importantly, we have been advised not to open any of the toilet facilities in the church so prepare yourself before you visit please.
Bishop’s Conference latest Guidance for Funerals:
Please don’t forget Food Bank donations at Supermarkets: https://stalbansdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/
UNIVERSALIS MASS READINGS:
If you are helped by a visual participation in the Mass, then go to one of the websites on which that celebration is being streamed. Here is list of parishes with streamed celebrations of Mass across the Diocese: 200318 Mass streaming and useful websites. There is also a list here.
Here is a prayer resource prepared by Fr Allen Morris for those in isolation: Prayer not alone Westminster no pic
Fr Christopher Jamison OSB has produced a resource about how to isolate healthily called Alone Together.
Association of Christian Counsellors
ACC’s COVID-19 Crisis Counselling Support Service has been set up to help people who are experiencing difficult feelings, thoughts and circumstances because:
• They work within a NHS setting (medical and ancillary staff) and are being impacted by caring for people who have COVID-19, or
• They have been bereaved at this time, whether due to COVID-19 or another reason.
The service offers up to ten sessions of counselling on a no-fee basis, either on-line or by telephone.
To find out more please visit ACC’s website www.acc-uk.org or if you don’t have access to a computer, please ring 024 7644 9694.
Counsellors offering this service are all working in a voluntary
capacity and according to professional standards and codes of ethics
ACC is the Association of Christian Counsellors, which holds an accredited register of
counsellors under the Professional Standards Authority. If you are a registered
counsellor and would like to apply to volunteer for the service please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been made aware of a number of scams linked to the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from fraudsters selling counterfeit products and phishing emails, to scammers knocking on the doors of vulnerable people offering to run errands for them or claiming they are there to test them for coronavirus. There is further information at this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51964507 Please be vigilant and please share this information with your neighbours. See also: https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/coronavirus-fraud-and-scams/