On 18 March, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales updated its guidelines over Coronavirus, and these were implemented as mandatory by the Archbishop of Southwark by decree, taking effect from the evening of 20 March.
- NO public Masses or other services (such as Stations of the Cross) will take place until further notice.
- The church is closed.
- The parish priest will celebrate daily Mass and Sunday Mass alone, without a public congregation.
- The First Holy Communion and Confirmation programmes, including classes, have been suspended.
- Parish groups and Hall users have suspended their activities.
On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed. In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the Sacrifice of Praise.
Read in full ‘A People who Hope in Christ’, a message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, here.
While public worship in the parish is suspended, please go to the Pray at Home page for resources to help you continue to pray at home.
The SVP group will not be able to collect food donations at this time, but we are working with the Hayes Community to identify and support any individual or families in Hayes who might need help during these challenging times. Please stay in contact with parishioners and friends and contact the Parish office if you know of anyone in need. You will also be aware of the national call for volunteers and Bromley Council has had a great response from willing volunteers who are ready to assist other local residents in their time of need. If you would like to volunteer or require assistance, you can fill in the form on bromley.gov.uk. The Council’s COVID-19 assistance helpline for those with no internet access is: 020 8313 4484
During these challenging times, and while public parish worship is suspended, if you normally support the parish financially in cash at the collection at Mass each Sunday, and you possibly can and wish to continue your financial support regularly, please go to the Support the Parish page.
The best way of protecting our community from spread is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt the spread of the virus. Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, dispose of them as soon as possible. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Be aware of elderly relatives, friends and parishioners who may find this time challenging. Maintain phone communication even if you cannot visit. If you find yourself unable to go to the shops, or require some practical help, a group of parishioners have offered to deliver shopping to the elderly. Please contact the Parish Office.
Further guidance on coronavirus:
|Public Health England|
Prayers from the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference: