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Fr Brian Update

Many of you will know that, before Easter, Fr Brian went for a period of convalescence at Ince Blundell Nursing Home.
This unexpectedly coincided with the beginning of lock-down, which meant that he has remained there longer than originally anticipated. Now, having settled there, Fr Brian has decided to remain there, which means he will not be
returning to live at St. Oswald’s. Please keep him in your prayers at this time.

Video: Mass for Sunday 26th July

Video: Mass for Sunday 19th July 2020

Mass recorded for Sunday 19th July celebrated by Fr John Gorman

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Video: Mass for Sunday 5th July 2020

Fr John has again recorded mass to be viewed on You Tube.



Church re-opening: what to expect

Fr John has prepared instructions on what to do and expect when Churches reopen for public mass on 6th July

click below

Cautious reopening of our churches – what to expect (print)

Churches re-opening- A message from the Metropolitan Archbishops

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4th July this year, places of
worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with
great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on
how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own
experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches,
and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries
of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.
The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important
milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that
have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus
transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social
distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of
hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of
faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for
celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which
they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are
grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of
lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have
been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role
in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have
been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.
With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully
along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the
pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before
lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last
Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be
Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time
exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass
remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are
unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these
requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the
celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Churches to re-open for public mass

Cautious Re-opening of Churches for Public Worship
The Archbishop will give permission for churches to re-open for Mass and other public
services beginning on Monday 6th July under the strict conditions set out below for the
prevention of infection and the protection of those attending. Permissions will be reversed should rates of infection rise. The normal schedule of Masses will therefore recommence from that date in the usual locations.
• Each church will have a limited number of people who can be in the building.
(for St.Oswald’s, this number is 130; for Our Lady’s 100; for St. Wilfrid’s 75)
• There should be no concelebrating at a public Mass.
• A church can only be opened for Mass once it has been made ready and has been
approved by the Dean. A risk assessment and other documentation must be completed and
returned to the Dean.
• The vulnerable should carefully consider the wisdom of returning to Mass too soon. They are not obliged to do so. The Sunday obligation has not been re-instated.
• Those who are able are encouraged to gather on a weekday rather than a Saturday
evening or Sunday, to release the pressure on weekend Masses.
• Social distancing guidelines are still in force i.e. 1 metre plus.
• Every 2nd row must be closed off.
• Church doors and windows should be left open.
• Volunteer stewards are required to be on hand to direct hand sanitising on arriving and leaving, to direct people to benches and to encourage worshippers to maintain
reasonable social distancing.
• Votive candles may be lit, but only from a lit candle.
• Single use newsletters, Mass sheets, or other papers may be used but must be taken home.
• Only the priest should be on the sanctuary – without deacons, servers or readers.
• There will be no Sign of Peace.
• There will be no singing.
• There should be no handshakes or hugs etc. after services.
• Collections should be in a basket on the way in and the way out.
• Lingering clusters of conversation in the porch or outside the church are to be avoided.
• Volunteers are required to sanitise bench surfaces and doors etc. after each Mass.
• Toilets must remain closed and only be used in a genuine emergency.

• People coming to Church will have to wear a facemask, which they will be permitted to lower to receive Holy Communion.

• Holy Communion will be given as the Sacred Host only.
• The priest will wear a visor while distributing Holy Communion and sanitise his hands
before and after distribution.
• Holy Communion will be distributed after the final dismissal of the Mass.
• The priest will receive Holy Communion at the usual point of Mass.
• The words: “The Body of Christ. Amen” will only be said once at the beginning of
distribution. They are not to be repeated for each communicant.
• Communicants will be directed to approach the altar and then leave the church directly after receiving Holy Communion without returning to their benches.
• Parishioners should avoid bringing shopping or other large personal items to church in order to avoid returning to their places after receiving Holy Communion.
• Volunteer stewards will moderate the flow of those processing for Holy Communion.
• Communicants are instructed to approach with arms outstretched in order to maintain a
reasonable distance from the minister.
• Reception of Holy Communion on the tongue is not permitted.
• Communicants must avoid skin to skin contact with the minister’s hands. If contact
happens the Priest is to pause and sanitise his hands.
• Communicants should step to one side and then place the Sacred Host in their mouth and then follow directions to leave the church.

We thank you in advance in observing these guidelines which are there for your own safety and the safety of others.

We now look forward to welcoming you back into church whenever you feel comfortable to do so.

Video: Mass for Sunday 28th June 2020

Fr John has again recorded mass for Sunday 28th June 2020, The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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