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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

January Lockdown

 Fr Robert writes: Another period of national lockdown is upon us - news that none of us wanted to hear. However, unlike previous lockdowns, places of worship may REMAIN OPEN for communal worship. This means that, for the moment, the Sunday and Thursday Masses will continue to be offered at their usual times. However, we must all be even more scrupulous about the disciplines that have become second nature in recent months: the use of sanitising gel when entering and leaving church, and at the time of Holy Communion; the use of masks (unless exempt); strict observance of social distancing and no 'mingling' with those outside our household or support bubble. With the exception of Mass on Sunday and Thursday, all other services, sacraments, and devotions remain suspended.

As I have emphasised from the beginning, it is very much your decision as to whether you attend Mass or not. If you are older, or clinically vulnerable, or especially anxious about the situation, it might be sensible to lie low for the next few weeks. The good news is that the number of congregation members to have received a vaccine injection is already in double figures and others now have a vaccination date. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

With the promise of prayers and all good wishes at the start of this New Year,

Sunday, 29 November 2020

O Come, Emmanuel


Advent begins and with it comes the encouraging news that public worship will be permitted again from this week. There will be Mass on Thursday morning at 9.30am. Next Sunday, 6 December, the Parish Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am and we look forward to welcoming the Bishop of Richborough who will celebrate and preach.

Christmas arrangements will be somewhat curtailed this year. The Mass of Christmas Night will be celebrated at 8.00pm (NB) and the only Mass on Christmas Day will be at 10.30am.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Public Services Suspended

 Once again, we have been asked to suspend all public worship and, with heavy hearts, the priests and people of St Mary's will follow the new government guidance which comes into force from Thursday. The church will be open for individual private prayer for an hour on Sunday mornings at 10.30am and on Thursday mornings at 9.30am. 

Please note that the church is also generally 'out of bounds' for visits and other activities, except at the discretion of the parish priest and churchwardens.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Celebration of Mass

For the time being, our only public Masses will be on Sundays at 10h30 and on Thursdays at 09h30. Doors will open a quarter of an hour before the service begins. Please do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms. Please follow the instructions given in church, or guidance offered by stewards.