THE RETURN OF PUBLIC MASSES IN CHURCHES DURING COVID 19

Public Mass times for St. Patrick’s Church, Consett will be announced this week.

It is important to remember that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended by the Bishop’s Conference. In these times of pandemic it is not a sin to miss a Mass on a Sunday.

Given there is still no Sunday obligation, we ask that you consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday when possible. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people, including those who work during the week.

We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that is given: to maintain a safe environment.

Pre-Booking: To attend Mass you will need to pre-book. How to do this will be announced this week. If you arrive at church and your name is not on the booking list you may not enter. As part of ‘Test and Trace’ the names of those attending public worship and a contact number, will be placed in a bag/box on entry and then retained securely for 21 days.

Duration of Mass: this will be brief to minimise the time people congregate together; there will be no singing; no Offertory Procession or Sign of Peace.

Holy Communion: Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass for the time being. Stewards will guide you bench by bench for receiving Holy Communion. Communion will be given silently in the hand only. People should approach the priest with arms at ‘full stretch’ and hands extended as flatly as possible, then leave church in an orderly manner.

Sanitise: Please sanitise your hands on entering & leaving church.

Toilets: Please be advised there will be no toilets or Piety Shop available at this time.

Church Doors: These will remain open during Mass to reduce the risk of infection.

Thank you for your cooperation in what is a difficult and lengthy process as we begin to emerge from lock-down.

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