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Updated Church Guidance For Tier 3

A reminder that there will be no public Masses this weekend as Father Eamonn is still in isolation. He’s well but being careful.

Mass will resume on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd.

There will be no 10am Mass on Thursday 24th.

Masses on Christmas Eve December 24th are at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm. Please remind people of the need to book a place at these Masses. The 6pm is full but there are plenty of spaces at the others.

Masses on Christmas Day are at 10am and 11.30am

Masses on Boxing/St. Stephen’s Day are at 10am and 6pm

Masses on December 27th are at 10am and 11.30am

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Father Eamonn Self-Isolating until December 22nd

Good evening everyone,

I received a call from NHS Test and Trace instructing me to self-isolate until December 22nd because I was in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. Sadly, I have to cancel all Masses and the use of the Church until then and I realize what an inconvenience this will be to so many. It will not be possible for me to go out or even to answer the door.

When I was writing the current Parish Notices, something in me said I should write these plans are subject to change. Little did I realize they would change so rapidly!

United with and praying for all who are isolating and especially with those who are suffering with the virus and again thinking about the frontline workers who are spending themselves in the effort to bring about healing.

Sending you Lots of Love,

Father Eamonn

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Preparing For Christmas 2020

Dear Parishioners,

We have been advised to operate a booking system for Christmas Masses and, while it is not what I like doing, it means we won’t have to turn anyone away on the night/day if the numbers exceed what is safely allowed. We will begin taking bookings from Wednesday December 9th. Please phone 01424 421263 and we will do our best for everyone under the constraints in which we find ourselves.

Sadly, we will not be able to hold the usual 5pm children’s Mass with the Nativity play because the numbers would be impossible to manage. Instead, the church will be open on Christmas Eve from 1pm until 5pm and I invite young family groups to come and visit the crib in the church, family by family keeping the required distance between each family. There will be an opportunity for a brief prayer, to light a candle and take a photo. If the smaller children want to come dressed as angels or shepherds then that would be lovely.

The Masses on Christmas Eve December 24th will be at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm and on Christmas Day December 25th at 10am and 11.30am. The numbers attending Masses on Christmas Day are usually quite small so I would ask those who can to consider attending one of the those instead of Christmas Eve. For those who feel nervous of the Christmas crowds, it will suffice to attend Mass any day during the Christmas Octave which lasts until January 1st. On Christmas morning I will celebrate and record the dawn Mass privately for those who are confined to home and, being alone in the church, I will be allowed sing some of the Christmas hymns!

Congregational singing is not allowed but we will have Christmas music/hymns played at each of the Masses and throughout the afternoon on Christmas Eve.

To facilitate our spiritual preparation for Christmas I will be available for Confessions/Sacrament of Reconciliation after each Mass beginning December 12th until December 23rd, except when there is a funeral and also excluding December 18th and 19th when there will be no morning Mass.

Wishing you all the Love, Joy, Peace and Hope of the season.

Father Eamonn

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PARISH NOTICES December 1st – 6th

TUESDAY DEC 1ST –        FUNERAL

WEDNESDAY DEC 2ND – FUNERAL. There will be no adoration

THURSDAY DEC 3RD –   CLOSED.  Mass will be recorded and posted online

FRIDAY DEC 4TH –           ADORATION AT 9.30am followed by MASS  at 10am

SATURDAY DEC 5TH –    MASS at 10am

followed by ADORATION AND CONFESSIONS

VIGIL MASS at 6pm

SUNDAY DEC 6TH –          MASS at 10am and 11.30 am