We look forward to welcoming as many as possible to weekend Mass in the parish, which take place on Saturday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm and Sunday at 9.00 am and 10.30 am. The Saturday morning Mass will usually follow the Liturgy of the Sunday.
From 4th October we are introducing an online Parish Angelus at noon on Sundays (using the GoToMeeting platform). It is an opportunity for different parts of the parish to gather together on the Lord's Day for a little prayer and chat. Do drop in, perhaps for 'prosecco and prayer' before your Sunday lunch!
None of our churches are big enough to fit everyone in and observe social distancing, so we are using a simple booking form (click here) to find out who would like to go to Mass and when, and each week we'll post a list along with the newsletter on the front page of the website (scroll down to the bottom beneath the calendar). If there is a place reserved for you, you should also get a confirmation email. In allocating places we will give priority to those who have missed out on the previous weekend.
We'd rather not run a booking system, but it seems the best way of minimising disappointment, keeping things fair and responding to pastoral need. If anyone has difficulties with the form please do encourage them to email firstname.lastname@example.org or to phone 01483 416880 (please leave a message).
To help protect one another from the risks of COVID-19 we ask everyone to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure, to wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) and to keep socially distanced from each other in church and while outside. There will be stewards to welcome you and help you find a place. The seating at St Edmund's is 2m between benches and a little less at St Joseph's. In both cases, the layout and the use of face coverings provide additional protection.
Everyone is welcome to book. This includes family members who live outside the parish, those who are new to the area and anyone who, living through this pandemic, simply feels a call to come. We will be pleased to see you, whoever you are. Please fill in one form for each household or bubble.
Please feel free to ring to see if there are any spaces available.
It will feel a bit different (doesn't everything these days?) but I know that very many appreciate coming again to meet the Lord, offer their joys and sorrows to him, and to receive him in Holy Communion.