Diocese of Northampton | Province of Westminster | Deanery of St Alban | Reg Charity No 234091 | Tel 01582:723099 | email sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk | © 2020

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We are delighted to be able to celebrate four public Masses per week in our Church: 6.30pm on Saturday; 9.00am and 11.00am on Sunday; and 9.30am on Wednesday. The Church will be closed other than during these Masses.

While the Holy obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended, you are very welcome to attend one of these four weekly Masses, especially the Wednesday Mass to reduce the weekend numbers.

Please note that it is COMPULSORY for Mass Attendees to wear a face covering.

The capacity of the Church will be considerably reduced to meet the two metre distancing rules to approximately 50 to 60 attendees per Mass. Attendees from one household can sit together, but must maintain two metre distancing from other individuals or households.

Once full capacity has been reached no more people will be able to enter the Church.

You are advised not to attend Mass if you are medically vulnerable or if you are over 70 years of age.

You must not attend Mass if you have Covid-19 or flu like symptoms.

To ensure compliance with pandemic regulations, when attending Mass please:

  • Follow the stewards’ instructions and requests
  • Sanitise your hands on both entry and exit
  • Follow the signed entrance and one-way system
  • Don’t use the kneelers, toilets or water taps
  • Observe the two metre distancing rule at all times
  • Minimise contact with surfaces and other households
  • Ensure children stay with parents/guardians at all times
  • Complete an attendance contact card before leaving

There will be no singing or hymn books available and no printed copies of the newsletter provided.

There will be a collection as you exit the Church.

All of the other Masses (i.e. those not listed above) in the Church during the week are being celebrated privately by Fr Mirek.

There are no other Church opening times for private prayer. Please don’t come to the Church at any other times unless you have an appointment with Fr Mirek.

Thank you to the Parishioners who have volunteered as cleaners and stewards to enable us to open the Church for the Masses to take place, however, we urgently need more volunteers to continue having public Masses, so please seriously consider if you might be able to offer an hour or two of your time to help out.

The main role of the stewards is to manage the safe entrance, participation and exit of worshippers and attendees to the Church via the one-way system. The key role of the cleaners is to be available before and after each Mass to sanitise the Church areas that have been opened up.

If you are under 70 years of age, not shielding or living with somebody that is shielding and do not have any medical conditions that render you vulnerable and wish to volunteer for these two roles then email the Parish office on sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk.

We are also currently permitted to conduct funerals in the Church with up to 30 attendees, however, we will only be able to do so if we have more volunteer cleaners and stewards to ensure that we meet the required pandemic regulations. It would be very sad indeed for all concerned if we are unable to hold Church funerals due to a lack of volunteers so, again, please volunteer if you possibly can.

The Parish office remains closed and all Parish staff continue to be on furlough. The Parish administration is being managed remotely on a voluntary basis via email: sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk. The Parish website www.sacredheartluton.org also contains lots of other useful information and updates.

Useful Information

The Parish office is closed and being managed remotely so please only contact the Parish office by:

email –  sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk

Telephone – 01582:723099

For coronavirus and other links and information please go to Links & Info.

Please help and support any elderly or vulnerable individuals in the community you are aware of, especially those who live alone. Keep in touch with a phone call, email, letter or note. It can make all the difference to someone who may be feeling lonely at this difficult time.

If you know of any elderly or vulnerable individuals in the community who would value receiving pastoral care by telephone, then please encourage them to contact the Parish office or, with their permission, email their contact details to the Parish office.

Concerning Mass offerings, in these difficult and stressful times, when family health and family finances come first, if you feel able to continue financially supporting the running costs of our Church, there are a couple of easy ways to continue making your Mass offering:

Set up a standing order using the Diocesan Nat West bank account details

Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Reference: Sacred Heart Parish Luton

Donate online, via the Diocesan website at  Donate. Scroll down to find the “Donate” button and follow the instructions including putting “Sacred Heart Parish Luton” in the notes section of the donate page.

Services

OUR ONLY PUBLIC MASSES ARE SATURDAY 6.30PM, SUNDAY 9.00AM AND 11.00AM PLUS WEDNESDAY 9.30AM. ALL OTHER MASSES ARE BEING PRIVATELY SAID BY FR MIREK WITHOUT A CONGREGATION. THERE ARE NO CONFESSIONS OR STATIONS OF THE CROSS.

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday) and Sunday 9.00am and 11.00am

Holydays of Obligation: 9.30am and 7.30pm

Confessions: Saturday: 10.00am to 10.25am (with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) and 6.00 to 6.15pm

Weekday Masses: Monday to Friday 9.30am (check the weekly Newsletter)

Stations of the Cross: Friday 7.00pm during Advent and Lent

Penitential Services: As announced before Christmas and Easter