We are delighted to say that the first public Mass in the Church will take place on Saturday 11th July at 6.30pm. There will be 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 next two private prayer sessions between 10.00 a.m. and Noon this Sunday (5th) and Wednesday (8th) will be the last ones for the moment, as we do not currently have enough volunteer cleaners and stewards to service both these and the Mass requirements. Please volunteer if you possibly can.
While the Holy obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended, you will be very welcome to attend one of these four weekly Masses, especially the Wednesday Mass to reduce the weekend numbers.
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 will be will be conducted privately by Fr Mirek. There will be no Church opening times for private prayer after Wednesday 8th July. Please don’t come to the Church at any other times unless you have a prearranged 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.
We are also now 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com. The Parish website www.sacredheartluton.org also contains lots of other useful information and updates.