This week we will open our churches to the public for the first time since mid March. Weekday Masses (normally celebrated in the chapel at Newmarket) will be celebrated Mon – Fri at 10am in the Main church for the foreseeable future due to physical distancing guidelines. Weekend Masses will resume with a number of modifications.
The numbers which can be accommodated are to be restricted. We are truly sad not to be able to welcome everyone but the safety of all is our first priority. We ask your understanding of the constraints this places on us.
The demands of physical distancing means that seating arrangements will be very different in our churches. Members of the same household will be able to sit together. Others will be seated at a two metre distance from each other, respecting current guidelines. We may not be able to sit where we are accustomed to sitting because of seats being closed off. We understand that this will be difficult for some but it is necessary to ensure safety. Holy water fonts will be empty until the advice on this changes.
In Newmarket and the Wells churches, entry will be through the main door while exit will be through the side doors only. The stewards will advise you on this and show you where to go. They will also indicate how to exit the church at the end of Mass.
You will be asked to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church.
People are asked to wear face coverings to church and only remove them to receive Holy Communion.
Health protocols will not allow the passing around of baskets for the collection during the Preparation of the Gifts. Instead, contributions to the parish collection may be given in a box or basket provided in a designed place at the end of the Church.
Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass.
All our churches are fitted with outside speakers so it is quite acceptable to remain outside and listen to the Mass. It will be possible to receive Holy Communion afterwards.
In order to facilitate the anticipated numbers returning for Masses over the next few weekends the following Mass times are proposed commencing on July 3rd:
Friday 6.00pm in the Wells
Saturday 6.00pm in the Wells
Saturday 7.30pm in Newmarket
Sunday 9.00am in Carrigerry
Sunday 11.00am in Newmarket
As our churches will not be able to accommodate large numbers, we ask again for your understanding and cooperation with the stewards on duty. When restrictions are lifted completely we will return to our normal schedule and practice.