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Return of Public Masses at Holy Trinity

posted 21 Jul 2020, 10:41 by Pauline Cregg

The Return of Public Masses at Holy Trinity

After much thought and prayer Fr Simon and I have agreed that from next week (Monday 27th July) we will begin again the celebration of Public Mass in Holy Trinity.  But let me say from the start that there is currently no obligation for Catholics to attend Mass and that people who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions should continue to stay at home and watch live streamed Masses.  If you feel in anyway ill, please do not attend!

·       Mass will be very different.  The Diocese has put into place Guidelines to try to limit the risks of anyone contracting the COVID virus in church. 

·       There will be no servers or readers, no public singing. 

·       Everyone who attends Mass will need to wear a face mask or face covering - exceptions are made only for those who for medical reasons cannot wear a mask and children under the age of 11. 

·       On entering the church, you will be asked to sanitise your hands and then maintaining social distancing you will be escorted to a seat by a steward. Families and people who live in the same household may sit together all others must sit socially distanced. 

·       Mass will be celebrated without the distribution of Holy Communion. After the Mass has ended the priest will come forward and distribute Holy Communion then.

·       Once you have received Communion please leave the church straight away and do not linger and talk to friends, much though you would like to!

Even though Holy Trinity is a large church numbers will be limited to 60 people at any one celebration.  Given the experience of many local parishes I do not think at this time this will cause problems as people are still cautious.  I would ask that if you would like to come to Mass please do so once a week, if you can come in the week please do so, leaving Sunday for those who cannot attend on another day.

From next week there will be three Weekday Masses all at 10am. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There will be four Masses of Sunday; on Saturday afternoons at 3pm and 5pm and Sunday Mornings 10am and 12noon.  This is only a temporary timetable and will be under review after a month.

After each and every Mass the church will need to be cleaned.  Stewards who can help showing people to their places and bringing them forward for Holy Communion and then cleaning the church are vital.  More Weekday Masses will be possible if more volunteers come forward to act as stewards.  If you would like to volunteer, please either ring the Presbytery 01782 616483 or email: holytrinitynewcastle@ yahoo.co.uk.

These are tentative baby steps which I hope in God’s providence. in the fullness of time will see us able to return to our full parish community life.

God bless, Fr Paul