A new lockdown is in force to curb the transmission of the virus. Catholic churches in England can remain open for communal worship providing necessary steps are taken to keep people safe. See the following link from the Bishops’ Conference: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/.
Fr Mark and the Pastoral Team wish to:
> reiterate that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended;
> remind you that those at high risk or shielding should seriously consider staying at home and, if possible, attending Mass online (see the Mass times below & stanthonyofpadua.org.uk/livestream/);
> remind you of our social distancing, mask wearing and ventilation policies at church (see below);
> reassure all volunteers (readers, cleaners and stewards) that if they feel uncomfortable attending Mass that they should not feel pressure to do so (but please notify the relevant organiser).
Mass times and church opening.
All masses are now public and live-streamed at stanthonyofpadua.org.uk/livestream/
Weekday and Saturday morning Masses at 9 am.
Private prayer with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is from 5:45 – 6:15 pm on Saturday.
Confessions can be arranged by appointment or can be heard between 5:45 – 6:15 pm on Saturday (during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament).
The Rosary is recited after the 9 am Friday Mass. see the mass intentions in the bulletin.
Live streaming of public masses.
Because St Anthony’s is now streaming all masses, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and readers are required to sign a consent form allowing their images to be
broadcast. The congregation will not be visible when seated in their pews but, having received Holy Communion, those who turn to the right will be briefly on camera. If any member of the congregation who wishes to receive communion but who does not want their image to be broadcast please can they sit on the left hand side of church, or return to their seats via the left side aisle.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
In case of urgent need due to illness, whether Coronavirus-related or otherwise please get in touch with the Parish Office by emailing email@example.com, or phoning 01865 762 964.
If you or someone you know in the parish is self-isolating and is in need of any support, such as help with shopping or a chat on the phone, please get in touch with the Parish Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or phoning 01865 762 964.
It is anticipated that Corpus Christi Parish in Headington will continue to be live streaming weekday and Sunday Mass without a congregation, and more details can be found at https://corpuschristiheadington.co.uk.
As Cardinal Vincent Nichols writes today, ‘During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”‘