Our Mass Schedule
We are pleased to cautiously and carefully launch an experimental schedule of public Masses, as from Sunday, 5th July 2020.
We are not able to go ‘back to normal.’ It is not going back to what it was like at Mass before March 2020. We do understand appreciate those who feel they will want to wait a little longer before returning to Mass. There is absolutely no pressure.
Meanwhile, in our parish we will be following the official guidance of the UK Government as well as that issued from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as understood in the Diocese of Lancaster. Every parish and every church are different. Other parishes and other dioceses will have their own interpretations of these documents that do not apply here. In our parish the following applies:
Before you arrive:
- You should stay at home if you are unwell, shielding or feel in any way vulnerable or susceptible to Covid-19.
- Remember the Sunday Mass obligation is still dispensed and so you are free to attend any of our scheduled Sunday Masses or any of our weekday Masses at this time.
- You should avoid bringing any unnecessary items into church.
- You may wear your own face covering.
- You may bring your own missal or e-device that has the relevant Mass texts. The usual Mass leaflets and other literature will not be provided.
- Know that the Sunday 11.00am Mass (only) will be livestreamed via Facebook (technology permitting) from 5th July and for the time being.
When you arrive:
- The holy water stoops will be empty like during the Easter Triduum.
- You will be welcomed by a volunteer steward who will ask you for your name and telephone number. This information will be securely held for 21 days simply in case should the authorities require it in case of an outbreak of Covid-19, as part of ‘track and trace’ procedures.
- You must adhere to social (physical) distancing at all times in church and on all church land (i.e. the parish carparks) with anyone not from your own household.
- You will be asked to sanitize your hands.
- Be careful to avoid contact greetings of any kind.
- You will be directed to a designated and spaced-bench that is not marked-off. B: It may well not be where you usually sit. Households can obviously sit together on a bench.
- The toilets will remain closed at all times except for a genuine emergency.
- There should be no gathering in the sacristy or any wandering around church.
- All Masses will take place in the main church. The day chapel (former sacristy) is currently closed until further notice.
- Know that all church ministries are currently suspended i.e. extraordinary ministers, readers, usual ‘welcomers’, altar servers, etc.
- Only the priest is to make any necessary and brief announcements.
- There will be no congregational or even group-led singing.
- There will be a brief homily
- There will be no bidding prayers.
- There will be no offertory procession or collection baskets passed around.
- There will be no sign of peace.
- There should be no wandering around church. Children will need to be carefully supervised in this regard by parents.
For Holy Communion:
- There will be no people’s reception of the Precious Blood.
- The words “The Body of Christ” and the reply “Amen” will only be said once at the beginning of distribution. They will not to be repeated for each person receiving Holy Communion.
- The priest will sanitize his hands before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.
- Please come up calmly ‘one bench at a time’ – beginning with the front – following the specific announced instructions of the priest at the time, keeping a good distance for other communicants at all times.
- The priest will depart to the sacristy and will not wait at the back of church at this time.
- Please leave one bench at a time beginning with the those at the back of church. Keep your distance from those in front of you.
- Please take home this Parish Newsletter (which will only be available upon leaving church) and anything you bring with you (i.e. your own missal, e-device).
- Please sanitize your hands just before leave.
- Use only the designated exit, remember at the time a one-way system is in operation.
- There will be no refreshments.
- Again, there should be no gathering in the sacristy after Mass or in church or in the porch and parish car parks.
WHEN COMING TO MASS
We know that many people are excited about returning to church. However, we do want to make sure that you can do so safely as possible. Consequently, the numbers for public worship are limited in church at St John Vianney’s. At this time the numbers we are accommodating for any one Mass/service will be 70 persons (there is no need to ring or email us ahead of time).
We would want to encourage all our people, if possible, to attend a weekday Mass as an alternative to Saturday evening or Sunday Mass if convenient. Thorough cleaning and sanitization will need to take place after each Mass and that may mean the number of Masses may need to be reduced going forward. While we will attempt to take appropriate and reasonable precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners should understand that they themselves assume responsibility for their own health any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not completely eliminate the risk of infection.
Initially, the Mass/Service times will be as follows, in our parish, as from Sunday 5th July 2020. Please note in particular any changes that may occur (N.B: These Mass/Service times and their number are on a strictly experimental basis only and will be reviewed over the summer period based upon our numbers at each Mass and the numbers of volunteers from each Mass for the cleaning of each church):
SUNDAY MASS: 9.00am; 11.00am & 3.30pm – Benediction
MASS ON MONDAY: 9.15am (in the Extraordinary Form)
MASS ON TUESDAY: 9.15am
MASS WEDNESDAY: 9.15am
MASS ON THURSDAY: 9.15am
FRIDAY: No Mass
MASS ON SATURDAY: 9.15am & 5.30pm (First Mass of Sunday)