Therefore, please begin to consider how we might be able to open our Parish Church for visits by individuals for private prayer.
- This will be for limited times each day, or even on certain days of the week.
- In this first step, it will NOT be for the celebration of Mass or any of the other sacraments,
but purely for individual prayer.
- It will have to be well supervised and will need a team of volunteers to manage the process
who are not in the COVID 19 vulnerable category.
- There will need to be the facility for socially distanced queuing to enter the Church
- Hand sanitisation will probably need to be available on entrance and exit.
- The entrance and exit to the Church building will need to be different routes.
- The floor and seating spaces will need to be properly marked out and social distancing will
need to be enforced.
- Holy Water will not be available and, depending on demand, visits may have to be limited
to a certain length.
- We will try to keep all areas of the Church open with statues available to venerate and will
try to make it possible to light candles.
- Those supervising the entrance, exit and interior of the Church will need to wear protective
items such as masks and gloves.
- There will need to be cleaning and hygiene regimes in place.
- Risk assessment will need to take place before we open our doors once again. Our Parish
Pastoral Council will be involved at all stages.
It will be early July at the very earliest before we can open our doors to the Church FOR PRIVATE PRAYER. Please bear with us in the meantime.
Detailed information about this will be forthcoming when we are nearer to a date of opening. We need, as a parish, to work out the best plan possible. We can do that – with your help!
We have at least a month to think through what is being asked of us. It is very important to understand that:
- Any parish which cannot do this, for whatever reason, is not obliged to open. At this first stage, opening will be a matter for local determination with full support from the Archdiocese for any parish that cannot manage to put in place the requirements necessary.
- The diocese is exploring the possibility of centrally purchasing cleaning, hygiene and protective clothing materials, both to ensure a good supply and reduce costs. These will be available from designated locations.