Coronavirus – Covid 19 – Update
Coming Back to Mass
It is with great joy that we are once again able to come to our churches, with Mass available for parishioners to attend on Saturday in Southwell at 6.00pm and on Sunday in Calverton at 10.45am. During the partial lockdown there should be no social interaction in church (outside of our bubble), but otherwise Mass will be celebrated much as it was until early November: that is that we can come to church with a maximum (including priest and stewards) of 20 people in Southwell and 24 people in Calverton.
To book a place telephone Kathleen and Robert Dixon on 01636 813874, at any reasonable time from 8.30am Monday morning until 4.30pm Friday evening; if there’s no reply leave a message, with your name and number, and they’ll return your call. Don’t use any other number to contact Kathleen and Robert, and please also note:
A place needs to be booked for each individual who plans to attend;
You’ll be asked to provide a telephone number, to be passed onto Public Health England if needed as part of the ‘Test and Trace’ system;
Sunday Masses bookings can be made during the preceding week, from Monday morning (no earlier), until Friday evening, before the Sunday Mass booked.
Latest Guidance from Bishop Patrick
In light of the Government's announcement of a third national lockdown, and in common with the other Bishops of England and Wales, Bishop Patrick has issued guidance for the celebration of mass and the other sacraments in these times. To read the full guidance follow the link here.
QR Code in Church
Along with most public buildings both of our churches and the parish hall now have their own QR code, situated just inside the door. If you have a smart-phone please scan the code as you come in, enabling you to ‘check in’ and assisting with the Government’s Track and Trace system. Please note this is in addition to booking a place at Mass, and not instead – please continue to book for Mass as well!
What to expect when coming to Mass
In order to comply with the Bishop’s guidelines on celebrating Masses in the covid-19 period there’ll be some differences in that way we come to Mass and the way Mass is celebrated. Please follow these directions, and recognise that those asking you to follow the directions are volunteers themselves:
Please don’t attend if you show any symptoms of covid-19;
Try to arrive no earlier than half an hour before Mass, and no later than ten minutes before Mass, to allow time for each person to enter one-by-one;
Enter via the car park and follow the one-way signs, waiting by the 2 metre markers in front of the church door if others have arrived before you;
Ensure you bring a mask to wear throughout the time in church, except when receiving Holy Communion; the mask should be worn so as to fully and snugly cover the wearer’s mouth and nose;
Please use the hand-sanitiser (provided) on arrival;
Please take one of the Mass Sheets, and a Newsletter, and take them home with you after Mass;
Put your weekly offering into the basket in the narthex; at present there are two collections as we’re ‘catching up’ the second collections;
There won’t be any holy water available, the repository will be closed, and there are no Catholic papers currently available;
Please sit on the seat to which you are directed, following the one-way system; seating is at two-metre intervals (in Southwell couples can sit next to each other, and families in a single pew; in Calverton the chairs have been laid out singularly);
Please avoid any contact with other parishioners; don’t speak unless necessary;
Only the disabled toilet will be available for use, and only if absolutely necessary. If you do use the toilet, please do so before you are seated, and then go to your seat (in Southwell, by exiting the hall lobby, walking around the side of the church, and re-entering the church through the main door, following the one-way system);
Windows and doors will be open to enable as much ventilation as possible;
The Mass Sheet will explain the changes in the way Mass is celebrated, especially:
There will be no congregational singing;
Responses will be made with quiet voices;
There will be no ministries (eg altar servers, readers) during Mass;
There will be no sign of peace;
After Mass you will be invited to receive Holy Communion; then exit the church following the one-way system, out into the car park, and leave immediately.
Since it is not permitted to gather publicly outside in groups of more than six please ensure that you don’t linger too long in the car park after Mass, tempting as it is to chat with fellow parishioners!
As the weather is cooler please dress appropriately for the weather and temperature.
To continue to participate in the life of the Church:
The readings and prayers for Mass each day can be found here:
Daily Mass is broadcast from the Cathedral at the following times:
Sunday and Saturday: 10am
The link to the televised Mass is here:
Daily Mass is broadcast from the National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady in Walsingham each day at 12 noon:
Sunday Mass, celebrated by Bishop Patrick, will be broadcast from his chapel at Bishop’s House each Sunday at 10am:
The Bishop is also celebrating other liturgies (Holy Hours, the Rosary, etc), so check his YouTube channel, on the above link, to find out more.
Pope Francis has written this special prayer, and is encouraging Christians throughout the world to unite in praying it:
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.