Covid-19 Information

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Mass

Mass

It has been good to welcome people back to Mass and our current schedule is

Saturday 6.00pm at St Edmund’s 

Sunday 8.45am at St John's

Sunday 10.30am at St Joseph's

We are still asking you to book on Eventbrite (click 'Eventbrite') though now there is increased capacity there are generally plenty of spare spaces.

Weekday Masses will take place as advertised in the newsletter and calendar, but not on every day of the week. There is no need to book for these.

COVID protection measures. Please continue to wear face coverings in church. The seating layout allows for a certain amount of social distancing. Spaces will be reserved at St Joseph’s each Sunday for people who are more clinically vulnerable (facing the altar in the part of the church that is better ventilated).

St Edmund’s church remains open for private prayer every day of the week, usually from 10am to 5pm.

Guildford Parish provide excellent streamed liturgy - both daily Mass and evening prayer. This can be accessed from their website.

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Newsletter

The weekly parish newsletter has up-to-date information about what's going on and coming up in the parish over the next few weeks, and can be found by clicking on "Our Parish" and selecting "Newsletters" or by clicking here.

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New series of Sycamore

The next series of new Sycamore films starts w/c 18th October. In addition to a Thursday 8pm zoom option, there will be in-person options on Monday evening and Wednesday morning. To sign up please go to https://tinyurl.com/32m8c7m4. For more information about Sycamore visit their website: www.sycamore.fm

Sycamore is an informal course about the Catholic faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. It has been produced by the very talented Fr Stephen Wang in London, who has a real gift for sharing the depth and richness of the Catholic tradition and its compassionate and life-giving vision. He helps us to see how these truths can be recognised in our lives and in the longings of our hearts. Each session includes a short film and opportunities for discussion.

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Streamed Masses and Services

Many parishes are streaming Masses and Services:

Guildford Their virtual parish also has a lot of resources for adults and families.

Walsingham. Offers a full programme, including Exposition and devotions.

Weybridge Programme includes Mass, Rosary and Exposition. Often with music.

Dominican Sisters at Swaye Mass and Liturgy of the Hours with the community in the New Forest.

Arundel Cathedral with Fr David Parmiter.

CAFOD Children’s Liturgy continues at 10.00am on a Sunday morning by Webinar. Also available after broadcast.

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Other Online Parish Activities

Wednesday 7.30 pm Lectio Divina. Fr Jonathan leads us in a prayerful reading of the scriptures, usually the Gospel of the coming Sunday. On Zoom. Weekly, with a break during July and August.

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER FELLOWSHIP

What LOAF Is Doing And Other Initiatives

At the start of lockdown we launched the "Love One Another Fellowship” (LOAF). Here is an update on what LOAF has done and is continuing to do.

LOAF Volunteers

LOAF has a list of over 30 volunteers who are registered as helpers. They, along with many other parishioners, have been actively helping those in our parish and community.

Reaching Out To All Parishioners

One of LOAF's first activities was to call everybody on the parish database. This exercise was done over a 2 week period with 15 volunteers. LOAF tried to contact over 400 families in the parish. They reached and spoke to nearly 300 families. In cases where contact could not be made, messages were left.

This exercise led to a number of requests for help, plus requests for prayers and call backs. LOAF volunteers have helped people with shopping, a friendly phone call, praying for or with a person and picking up urgent supplies (e.g. medicines). In addition, a set of LOAF volunteers are now committed to calling the more vulnerable members of our parish every 2 weeks to check that they are okay.

Initiatives For Families - LOAF

As a result of the calls, it became apparent that families with young children were, in some cases, finding the lock down difficult. To try to help families find activities for children, LOAF has set up a Family Exercise Walk Challenge. This challenge involves a walk around Godalming. There is a quiz and prizes.

Finding Out More

If you would like help or have any comments or suggestions, please contact Alan Lion on 01483 420859 or by email at alion@btinternet.com.


"I am greatly encouraged by the response of our parish to this situation and by the community spirit that is being shown, both by LOAF and many other parishioners. Let us rejoice in being able to show love and compassion to everybody around us. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families each and every day at the Altar of the Lord, and most especially if you are on your own or struggling."

Fr Jonathan

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ADVICE AND RESOURCES FROM THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE

Resources and information from the Bishops Conference, can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Government Advice

The UK Government has released its information for the public on the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

General Guidance and Support link

Government guidance on the safe use of places of worship link


Catch it, Bin it, Kill it – Poster

You can download the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ information poster.

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