𝗥𝗘𝗢𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗢𝗙 𝗖𝗛𝗨𝗥𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗣 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗣𝗨𝗕𝗟𝗜𝗖 𝗣𝗥𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥
We are very happy that our Churches are again open for public prayer and worship. To enable all to gather safely and to help ensure that further progress can be made against the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic we ask all using our Churches to observe the following.
Because of social distancing people will have to be at least two meters apart when in Church. This means there are only a limited number of places available in both Churches. In St Joseph’s there are 65 places available and in St Patrick’s 18 places available. One place counts for either one person or two people from the same household.
Families who have funerals, months memories or anniversaries will be given priority.
You must wear a facemask in the Churches.
You can only enter through the main door and exit by the side doors in St Joseph’s.
At the main doors of both Churches, you will be asked for your name and this will be recorded. An Usher will show you to the seat allocated for you. You must remain in this seat for the duration of the mass or the ceremony.
Baskets will be left on tables near the entrance and exits of the Churches for the collection. Please leave your contribution in one of these.
You can collect the Parish Bulletin as you exit the Churches
If you cannot get a place in the Churches or choose otherwise you can still join in the ceremonies by listening to them on the speakers outside the Churches or online as we have been doing for the past year. We also hope that as we move forward, we will be able to review the situation and if it is deemed to be safe the restrictions can be relaxed. In the meantime, we hope and wish that everyone remains safe.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CAN GATHER FOR SPECIAL SERVICES:
More people can now attend Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. The same conditions regarding Sunday and weekday masses will apply.
People must wear face masks, give their name at the door and sit in the places allotted to them in the Church.
The Parish Covid 19 Committee met recently and issued the following statement:
We are very grateful to all the volunteers that have helped out in both Churches, which has ensured a safe return to public prayer and worship. We also express our gratitude to the vast majority of people who have and continue to comply with the rules and guidelines that are in place to ensure the safety and health of all who use our Churches. We urge that people continue to vigilant and act with care and responsibility by continuing to observe the following...
On entering and leaving our churches please sanitise your hands.
The legal requirement to wear a face covering in chapels during Mass has been removed. However, our Parish Covid committee strongly recommends that masks are worn throughout the Mass in order to protect yourself and your fellow worshippers. Please remember that it still is a legal requirement to wear a mask when entering or exiting the churches or if you are taking part in any activity that is not an act of worship.
If a person has flu like symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, high temperature, etc or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID 19 please do not enter the Church until your time of isolation is completed. You can access our masses and services on the parish livestreaming facility which you can find by accessing the parish website, www.culmaine.co.uk and click on livestreaming for either St Joseph’s, Ederney or St Patrick’s Montiagh.
Please co-operate with the Ushers at all times.
Receiving Holy Communion will revert to its normal time and place during mass. We ask people when coming for Holy Communion and on returning to your seat please wear a face mask and keep a social distance at all times.
We hope to re-open our shrines so that people can light candles as part of their personal prayer.
We finally urge the people of our parish to pray for all victims of Covid 19 and for those who are working so hard to save lives and remedy this very difficult pandemic that is affecting people everywhere on the globe.
COVID 19 VACCINATIONS: - A THOUGHT:
I have been asked about what I think of the COVID 19 Vaccinations by a number of people including some who are extremely sceptical about them. I have been doubly vaccinated. Why: Could I quote a piece from Murphy’s Law (that timeless masterpiece of tea towel wisdom)- The race isn’t always to the fastest nor the battle to the strongest- but that’s still the safest way to bet. So, in conclusion, I know that the vaccinations are not 100% safe, but I’d rather take my chances with it than without it. And I urge people to do the same.