PLEASE NOTE – COVID-19 VACCINATION
Until 31st March St Columba’s Hall has been booked by the NHS Primary Care Network (GP’s) for administering the Covid-19 vaccine. The Hall will be in use from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A WALK-IN FACILITY.
People will be contacted by their own GP when a date can be offered, working through the published priority lists.
The Church is not involved in these arrangements.
The public celebration of Mass is permitted under current guidelines,
subject to social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face coverings.
WEEKEND AND WEEKDAY MASSES:
With the continued restriction on numbers allowed in our churches,
please book which Mass you will attend via this link:
If you attend the same Mass regularly you only need fill in the form once. For the weekday Masses there is no need to register in advance, but for all weekday and weekend Masses please be sure to arrive 10 minutes ahead of the stated Mass time and remember that face coverings and social distancing are mandatory requirements. Thank you.
The ongoing pattern for public Masses in each of our churches will be:
St. Theresa’s Church:
Saturday Evening: 5.00 p.m.
Sunday Morning: 9.30 a.m.
Weekday Mass: Fridays 10.00 a.m.
Confessions: Fridays 2pm-3.30pm. (Confessionals cannot be used).
Please phone the parish to book.
St. Columba’s Church:
Saturday evening: 6.30 p.m.
Sunday Morning: 11.00.a.m.
Weekdays: Wednesday 10.30am
Confessions: Tuesdays 2pm-3.30pm (Confessionals cannot be used).
Please phone the parish to book.
During Covid-19 restrictions, Mass will continue to be live streamed on a Sunday morning from either St. Theresa’s at 9.30am or St. Columba’s at 11.00am. The Mass for Sunday 17 January 2021 will be streamed from St Theresa’s at 9.30am.
Please be aware of some changes to our Masses in response to Covid restrictions, designed to keep us all safe in church. During Mass:-
- There is no singing
- No kneeling – only sitting or standing
- Communion is at the end of Mass after the Final Blessing
- Please wait in your seat to be directed by the stewards when it is your turn to go to Communion. Please be patient as this may take longer than usual.
- Please take all your belongings with you before receiving Communion and then leave the church without returning to the bench.
- Please as you leave the church don’t stop at the back and block the exits, as it may compromise the social distancing.
- Please do not congregate in the entrance or immediately outside the church to avoid causing a backlog and compromising social distancing.
- Thank you for your co-operation
Further details for attending Mass can be found here.
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 Middlesbrough. 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.
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.
Please check our Latest Newsletter for any variation in current arrangements, and for general information about the forthcoming weeks.
The 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.