Reopening St. Mary's
Monday June 29th is the day when we reopen St.Mary's for public Masses.
However, it does not mean that things will return to normal immediatley.
In particular we ask those accustomed to daily Mass attendance not to attend daily to allow others to come at least once per week, and not to expect to be able to sit in the same place as before.
Weekday Masses will resume daily at 10.00 am and the normal schedule for weekends will resume as follows:
Sat evening 6.30pm Sunday 8:45am. 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:15am and Sunday Evemimg 7:00pm
Weekday Masses will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with the first 50 being admitted.
About 40 people came on Monday 29th so there were some free places.
Masses for Sunday will be ticketed and these tickets will be available from Mon 29th June - to Wed 1st July next week at the Parish Office 10.30 am - 12.30 pm each Day.
Tickets will be for two Sundays in the Month ( i.e. the 1st and 3rd Sundays or the 2nd and 4th)
If people are unable to obtain a ticket for Sunday Mass they will be offered a ticket for a weekday evening Mass instead.
A reminder that the Sunday Mass obligation is dispensed during the pandemic.
RESTRICTION OF NUMBERS
Attendance at Masses will be strictly limited to 50 people, this is in compliance with Public health regulations.
Finally a word of thanks to the willing volunteers who are making the reopening possible. Without them we could not reopen safely.
The protocol for attendance requires observance of the 2 metre social distancing rule, and we have the church prepared with stickers indicating where it is permissable to sit and indicating the route to the seating, and the flow direction when approaching for Holy Communion. Stewards will also be on duty to guide people to their seats.
BREVITY OF SUNDAY MASSES
In order to ensure that the church may be adequarely sanitized between Masses each Mass will be kept to a maximum of 35 minutes.
Holy Communion will be distributed in a manner that respects puclic health concerns. This will be fully explained at the Masses.