IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Both our churches are open for the public celebration of Mass. Further information and booking details can be found here and in the Newsletter for 2 August 2020. Please note it is now a requirement to wear face masks for Mass.
Live streaming will continue on Sundays, whilst those attending in person remains limited, alternating between St. Theresa’s at 9.30am and St. Columba’s at 11.00am. Recordings will then be available to view online. On Sunday 2 August, Mass will be live streamed from St. Columba’s at 11.00am.
A directory of streamed services has been set up by the Catholic Bishops Conference, where you can search on postcode, Diocese, Mass type and language (e.g. Polish, Italian, Latin, Sign, Portuguese, Malayalam). Live streaming for Diocese of Shrewsbury can be found here.
‘Mass-by-Phone‘ service has been launched by the Diocese of Middlesborough. If you know someone without internet access they can listen to Mass by calling 01642 130120. Calls are chargeable but free if in your included minutes. The cost of providing the service is being met by the Knights of St. Columba.
Pope Francis encourages the simple praying of the Rosary and also joining online Rosary initiatives to ask Our Lady to pray with us for deliverance from Covid-19 and has composed two prayers for this intention.
REOPENING OF OUR CHURCHES: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We still need volunteers to join the existing team to facilitate the opening of our two Churches. Many thanks to those who are already helping, but if you are able to add to their number please phone: 01244 371660 or email email@example.com Please note: parishioners who fall into a risk category cannot volunteer for these roles. The risk categories include those aged 70+, pregnant women, and anyone with underlying health conditions.
- In order to support the bereaved families who wish for a Requiem Mass, or additional weekend or weekday Masses, volunteers will be needed, Please contact the parish offices if you are able to volunteer.
PASTORAL GUIDANCE The note details various aspects of parish life during our church closures and while sick visiting is severely restricted.
See the Bulletin page for Covid-19 information, local shopping guidance and resources for people, families, students confined indoors.
We realise that it may be a difficult time financially but, if you wish to do so, it is still possible to make your normal offertory donation on line – see details.
Set out below are our usual Sunday Mass times at both churches (when opened normally) BUT please check our Latest Newsletter for any variations from the normal Mass times, and for information over the forthcoming week about services and activities at both churches throughout the week, and for making arrangements regarding Weddings and Baptisms.
Sunday Vigil Mass: At St Columba’s, 6.30pm each Saturday.
Sunday Mass: 9.30am at St Theresa’s, and 11.00am at St Columba’s.
The Joint Newsletter, along with the website, is the main source of information for services and activities in the churches, and the website holds an archive of newsletters (in convenient pdf format, and accessed via the menu bar). The archive goes back several years. The website was originally developed for St Columba’s, and it is acknowledged that, for the moment, it does not fully reflect the functioning of the newly merged parish. Its revision or replacement is currently under consideration.
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The previously separate parishes of St. Columba and St. Theresa were formally merged in July 2019. The More about our Parish page of the website includes further information about the merger and the related clergy appointments.