of PUBLIC MASSES in our PARISH
‘For Catholics, it is the Mass that matters.’
So wrote the
Protestant Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Augustine Birrell.
So it has always
been, and in our own country we have the inspiring examples of the Martyrs who
risked their lives to attend Mass, and made many sacrifices in order that the
Mass be said.
We shall need
something of the same spirit as we prepare to offer Mass together again. There
are still many restrictions in place, and certain practices will be necessary
that we may not find easy. All of us will have to put up with inconvenience,
perhaps even sacrifice, but the opportunity to attend Mass and to receive Holy
Communion once more will make everything worthwhile.
For the foreseeable
future, MASS will be offered each Sunday at 11 am. in the School Yard, This
will enable the largest possible number to attend.
We ask everyone to
observe social distancing.
There will be
limited seating available but, as at the Harvington Pilgrimage, it may be
possible for parishioners to bring their own portable chairs, together with
coats and umbrellas as necessary.
- The Altar will be placed beneath the
- Readers will remain in their places to give
- There will be NO Offertory procession or
- Communion will be given under ONE kind only.
Please note the
protocols for this Mass given beneath this notice.
Mass will be
‘live-streamed’ from the Prayer Room of the School each Sunday at 3 o’ clock, for
those who are not able to attend.
This will normally
be available on ‘Youtube’ at later times.
We shall no longer
‘live-stream’ Masses during the week. This is because Mass will be offered in
church each morning at 10 o’ clock.
The MAXIMUM attendance
permitted will be 30 people. We hope to have weekly lists available each Sunday
so that those intending to be present on particular days may indicate, this enabling
us to keep within the permitted number. It will be possible to indicate
proposed attendance by e-mail or telephone to the Rectory.
We hope we will be
able to accommodate those who have requested Masses for a particular day. Those
attending are asked to follow the directions of Stewards with regard to
seating, and other arrangements.
Face coverings MUST
be worn inside the church.
We are indebted to
Mrs. Emma Brocklesby, the Head Mistress, for her willingness to enable these
arrangements for Sunday Masses; to Alberto Maffei, the School Caretaker, for
whom this does mean additional work; and to Amanda Baylie who will enable us to
‘live-stream’ the Masses on Sunday afternoons. Many parishioners have offered
their services as Stewards and cleaners. Their help is essential and
invaluable, and without their generosity these arrangements will not be
We ask the prayers
of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. Ambrose & St. Pius X as we begin this
unprecedented period in the life of the Church. May these new experiences
deepen our love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament so that it can truly be
said that, for our parishioners, it is the MASS THAT MATTERS.