My dear Parishioners
Although live streaming and Zoom have allowed us to join together online to pray, I am sure you will agree that the ability to open the church building for private prayer is a tremendous step forward in easing the lockdown process, and being able to pray in front of the altar in St Anthony’s  is something that will provide many people with tremendous comfort at this difficult time.
As you will remember from last weeks bulletin, I was hoping to open the church this week, but this plan was dependant on having sufficient volunteers to do so safely. I would like to thank those who have already offered their help, but as yet we don’t have enough people to set up a rota so that the commitment is not too onerous – I was hoping that each person would only have to be on duty every four weeks or so.
I would like to open the church at the weekends, ideally on both Saturday and Sunday for two hours, so please give some thought as to whether you could help me do this. Fr Vincent and myself will be part of the rota, but we need additional responsible adults (18-70 yrs) to come forward. As outlined last week, PPE and training will be provided, and a minimum of two people will be on duty at any one time, so maybe couples or friends would like to volunteer together.
If you feel you could help me make this partial reopening  a reality, please contact me at the presbytery or email jane.kennett@googlemail.com.
God bless you all and keep you safe in the week to come,
Fr Pius.

Church reopening for private prayer – further volunteers are needed