Church Live & Usual Timetable
Since we are now in National Lockdown and have seen a rising number of people testing positive for COVID-19, we have taken a prudential decision to have only ONE PUBLIC MASS celebrated in the church from Monday to Saturday. This Mass will be at 10:00am.
Please note that the 9:30am, 12:30pm Masses, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour have been SUSPENDED for now but will resume when we are in safer times. The Saturday (vigil) Mass will be at 6:00pm and the Sunday Masses will be at 10:00am and 11:45am. Please note: No 8:30am, 3:00pm and 6:00pm Masses on Sunday.
The Government encourages us to stay at home at this time so as to stop the spread of the virus. While the church is still open for public Masses you are most welcome to attend, but if you have any symptoms mild or otherwise do not leave your home. We hope you understand this temporary decision, but it is for the good of all and for a speedier resolution.
It will mean that Masses that have been booked for a specific intention, will be reallocated. Apologies for any inconvenience but thank you for your understanding and please be assured of our prayers and good wishes. Stay safe!
Can we take this special opportunity to thank our stewards who continue to enable us to keep our church open with their dedicated service.
THE PARISH CLERGY.
We are delighted to see some of our parishioners attending Holy Mass once again. Although there is still no obligation to attend Mass, those who come must comply with the following mandatory requirements:
Everyone is to wear a face covering at Mass.
Everyone is to sanitize their hands on entering and leaving the church.
Entrance to the church is by the main doors and exit by the side doors (maintaining social distancing of at least one meter at all times).
Please place your offering in one of the two large boxes at the entrance to the church (or the smaller one on the sanctuary).
Everyone is required to give their name and either a mobile or landline number or email address or postal address.
( which will be kept for 21 days to facilitate track and trace ).
· The two side aisles are for couples and families. In the main aisles, please observe distancing by only sitting on a spot marked by the cross sticker.
There is a maximum capacity of 100 people in the church on Sunday.
There are no toilets in use either in the church or in Pugin Place.
For Funerals only 30 invited Family members and Friends are permitted.
· Candles are permitted to be lit.
There are No Confessions.
I am sure you will agree that these requirements are very small crosses to bear when we consider how Jesus suffered for us and how wonderful it will be to receive the real presence of Him in the Eucharist after so long a wait.
Let us ponder on the following words: “It was Mary who first adored the Incarnate Word. He was in her womb, and no one on earth knew of it. Oh! how well was our Lord served in Mary’s virginal womb! Never has He found a ciborium, a golden vase more precious or purer than was Mary’s womb! Mary’s adoration was more pleasing to Him than that of all the Angels. The Lord ‘hath set His tabernacle in the sun,’ says the Psalmist. The sun is Mary’s heart,” and “Mary is the aurora of the beautiful Sun of Justice.” Julian Peter Eymard
God bless you all
Thank you for whatever you were able to give during our lockdown. Now that the church is open for normal services, please place your offering in one of the two large
boxes at the entrance to the church or the smaller one on the sanctuary. You can also post your donation in a sealed envelope through the presbytery letterbox, make an online donation as a “one-off” payment or to set up a standing order to make regular donations.
Our bank details are as follows;
NatWest Bank RCAS St Peter the Apostle Woolwich
Sort Code: 60 24 26
Account No: 16163400
Please use your name as a reference (gift aides can add their envelope number). Thank you.
Any donations you able to make will be greatly appreciated during this time.