The Catholic Churches in Stevenage
1st July 2020
WELCOME BACK TO MASS
in our own Churches
We are very pleased to announce the return of Mass to our churches from Saturday evening 4th July. The Mass times will be the same as they were before lockdown. If you come to Mass on a weekly basis, you may now wish to choose a weekday Mass which will have fewer people and the risk of infection will be less.
Because the pandemic is still ongoing, the obligation to attend Mass continues to remain suspended and many of you may justly continue to attend Mass online. This applies particularly to those over the age of 70 and those in the “vulnerable” category.
In our churches we have implemented all the government requirements to minimise the risk of infection. Hand sanitising, distancing, stewarding, one-way systems and other measures are now all in place.
You will appreciate that due to social distancing, our churches will operate at reduced capacity for Masses. Those attending are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. We are not permitted to provide toilet facilities. Masses will be brief, to minimize the time spent in church, in accordance with the Bishops’ guidelines. All rotas (readers, ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, sacristans) are suspended for now.
Our grateful thanks to you for your patience and support throughout this challenging time! We continue to pray for our sick and for all those in difficulty. Looking forward to seeing you before too long. May the Lord continue to care for us as we continue to pray for each other.
All best wishes,
Fr Michael Doherty SDS (Parish Priest)
Fr Nigel Woollen (Assistant Priest)
MASSES BEGINNING SATURDAY EVENING 4 JULY
St Joseph’s, Bedwell
Confession from 5:00pm
followed by Holy Hour (Confessions available)
St Hilda’s, Shephall
(7pm Holy Hour)
Transfiguration, Old Town
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Sycamore have generously offered Open Access to their resources for the next 6 months. Full details at this link:
Sycamore material will be particularly helpful with RCIA groups and Confirmation candidates.
For family support, TenTen are also making freely available resources for families, called Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’
Our parish serves the community of Roman Catholics in Stevenage Old Town and the neighbouring area of Symonds Green.
Although there are defined ‘parish boundaries’, we include among our regular worshippers Catholics from all parts of Stevenage and the surrounding Hertfordshire towns and villages.
About 300 adults and children attend mass each weekend and we are always delighted to welcome visitors to share in our worship!
Our resident priests are Fr Michael and Fr Nigel
Our postal address is 4 Basils Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3PX. You will find us off Church Lane, east of High Street.
You can contact us on 01438 226857. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking at the Transfiguration
There is a car park on Church Lane (between Grove Road and Basils Road) that borders the church and Presbytery.
Additionally, there is a car park on Primett Road at the back of the High Street and next to Lytton Way.