Latest guidance from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference (as of 19th July 2021). The important points for church use are summarised:
COVID REGULATIONS – ST ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH, OXFORD – AS FROM SATURDAY 24TH JULY 2021
- Hand sanitising is still recommended and so antibacterial gel will continue to be provided.
- Face coverings are still strongly recommended in church.
- Adequate ventilation is still a priority.
- The individual desire for social distancing still needs to be respected (see below).
- Holy water fonts are to remain unfilled.
- The sign of peace remains suspended.
- As long as the Test, Track and Trace system is operational, QR codes will remain clearly visible and parishioners should sign in on the sheets provided if they are not using an app.
- Holy Communion will continue to be under one kind and it is recommended that it is received in the hand.
- The church will be open for private prayer from Monday 26th July.
- Votive candles will be available to light (30p per candle).
- The offertory procession can be reintroduced (after hand sanitising).
- The offertory collection is to be resumed but online and contactless giving is encouraged. The collection bags will be on poles to minimize the need to be touched by parishioners.
- Congregational singing is to be reintroduced. Those who want to join in with the singing should wear a mask at this time.
- Stewards should no longer be necessary but we would hope that people would continue to exercise good responsible behaviour especially when moving to receive Holy Communion and should avoid getting too close to each other.
- The one way system will no longer be enforced.
Those who wish to socially distance will be allowed to do so.
St Anthony’s will accommodate this by designating the Lady Chapel as an area where 1m+ social distancing will be maintained. We suggest that parishioners who want to use this facility enter and leave the church by the side door.
Fr Mark and the Pastoral Team wish to reiterate that:
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended until the First Sunday in Advent, and we will continue to stream the Mass on YouTube.
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
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN CAMERA ANGLE: From Monday May 31st the camera to be used for streaming gives a full view of the altar and approximately the front third of the church. As a result, the backs of parishioners will be visible in the first few pews and of all communicants when returning to their seats. At weekend Masses if you do not want to be shown on camera at any time please take advantage of the seating in the hall, where mass is live streamed onto a screen (and Holy Communion is brought through).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, or phoning 01865 762 964.
It is anticipated that Corpus Christi Parish in Headington will continue to be live streaming weekday and Sunday Mass , 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.”‘