RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES
The Government is allowing churches and other places of worship to open for private prayer with effect from 15th June subject to stringent health and safety and social distancing measures.
St Patrick's Church is open for Private Prayer each WEDNESDAY from 10.00 am - 11.00 am.
Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick's on SATURDAYS at 6.00 pm and at 11.00 am on SUNDAYS.
Capacity in the church will be limited so there is a booking system in place. Simply e-mail or telephone 01623 622705. and give details of the date(s) of the Mass(es) you wish to attend; the name(s) of those wishing to attend as well as a contact e-mail or (mobile) phone number. At the moment, it is not feasible that either St George's or St Joseph's will re-open in the near future.
Any opening of our churches is dependent on a number of factors:
The capacity of the church with appropriate social distancing arrangements
The likely demand from people who wish to visit the church for private prayer
The availability of volunteers for stewarding (at least two per session). Please contact Fr Paul if you can help in any way.
The ability of the parish to organise the cleaning of the church on a regular basis (ie after each Mass). Volunteers should contact Fr Paul.
At this stage, we are STRONGLY ADVISING that anyone who is deemed to be in the vulnerable category (ie with an underlying health condition) DOES NOT visit the church in order to safeguard them.
PLEASE NOTE THAT TOILET FACILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE CHURCH AT THE MOMENT AND THE CHURCH HALL IS NOT IN USE.
If you wish to visit the church or to assist with stewarding or cleaning, please e-mail Fr Paul on giving your preferred days and times.
Parish Finances : To ensure that Parish income is maintained in the absence of weekly collections, you can set up a Standing Order by clicking on the parish name and following the instructions in the document. Many thanks in anticipation of your co-operation.
Keeping Your Faith Alive
St Patrick's School has prepared some Lenten Prayers and Activities for children and young people. The Diocesan Youth Service has a YouTube Channel, detail of which are in the letter from All Saints' Academy below and you can also visit the Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT "Be Inspirational" website for other ideas to encourage the development of young people's faith. Click on the links to download. There is also a lovely prayer from a Redemptorist Priest. This Feel free to e-mail with your own prayers if you would like to share them on this page
Bishop Patrick has established his own You Tube Channel. Go to YouTube and search for Bishop Patrick McKinney then subscribe to his channel for live-streaming of services
Join our Parish WhatsApp Group by clicking on this link
Self-Isolating? See links below to get some helpful information
During the Month of May, Pope Francis encourages us to pray the Rosary to bring about an end to the pandemic. Click the button for some ideas.
The God Who Speaks : Resources during the Coronavirus Crisis