Weekly Newsletter

Our Lady of the Rosary is open for public Mass.

Please continue to follow the guidances of distance, hygiene, and face coverings when attending Mass.

You MUST NOT come to church if you have any covid symptoms, have tested positive, are awaiting test results, or have been asked to self-isolate for any reason.

Please always check the newsletter for the latest information and Mass times.

This week’s newsletter and other relevant documents – 

Newsletter: 2nd Sunday of Advent 5.12.21

Covid-19 Omicron variant – Guidance for Churches from the Bishops’ Conference, 4 December 2021

With respect to the current situation with the omicron variant it is important to ensure the following points are followed in our churches:

  • That people displaying any symptoms of covid-19 should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person.
  • That hand sanitiser is available to those attending the Church.
  • That there is a strong recommendation for people to wear a face covering (both nose and mouth) during the act of worship.
  • That there is good ventilation and air throughput in the building; in this case, because of climatic conditions, it would be important to remind people to wrap up well in church!
  • That a positive message encouraging people to get vaccinated and have the booster jab, when able, is delivered whenever possible.
  • That people who are engaged in a form of pastoral ministry which involves ministry to the housebound, sick, and vulnerable, should take regular lateral flow tests to ensure they are safe to do so.  These are free from the NHS.

We have been informed that there is now very strong evidence to support that the main mode of transmission is through breath and nasal aerosols, and that the risk from surface and touch transmission is very small indeed.  As such, the strict regimes of church cleaning that were recommended at the beginning of the opening of churches for public worship are no longer necessary.  General church cleaning is sufficient. If these guidance points are supported, then the churches will continue to be safe places for people to gather for acts of public worship, including over the Christmas period.  

Covid Step 4 – Guidance from 19th July 2021 – please read – 2021.07.15 – Step 4 Guidance – FINAL

Preaching this Christmas: An opportunity to welcome people home – Free Webinar Tuesday 14 December 16:00-17:30

Organised by the Catholic Association of Preachers, includes our Archbishop John Wilson. For details of how to register to get Zoom link please click here

Bishops’ Statement: Honouring Sunday

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of our spiritual and pastoral life,” the bishops wrote in a statement on 19 November from their meeting in Leeds. “Many people have said to us that they have appreciated the noble simplicity of the Mass at this time, which has allowed the mystery and majesty of our Lord’s sacrificial love to shine through.” Read full statement

Sunday – It is our Day

We are mindful of the certain fact that the Covid-19 virus is still circulating in society. Vaccines provide genuine protection against the worst effects of the virus, yet we recognise the legitimate fear on the part of some who otherwise desire to gather for Holy Mass. It is our continuing judgement, therefore, that it is not possible at the present time for all of the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday thus fulfilling their duty to God.

It is hoped that it will be possible for all Catholics in England and Wales to fulfil this most important Church precept, that of the Sunday Obligation, by the First Sunday in Advent 2021.

In the meantime, all Catholics are asked to do their best to participate in the celebration of the weekly Sunday Mass and to reflect deeply on the centrality of Sunday worship in the life of the Church.     2021.07.13 – Full Statement – Sunday it is our Day

Previous week’s newsletters and latest relevant documents/links:

Newsletter: 1st Sunday of Advent 28.11.21

2021.04.22 –  Reflection by the Bishops of England and Wales – Day of the Lord

 

 

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