Return to Public Mass - Update 10th July 2020
As announced by the Scottish Government on 9th July 2020, we will be permitted to celebrate public Mass, as from 15th July 2020, provided we maintain the health guidelines laid down by the Church and Government.
Therefore on Saturday 18th July, we will celebrate a vigil Mass at 5.30pm and on Sunday Mass at 11am. As I said previously Mass will be considerably different from before, and so, I ask that those who attend Mass to please follow the instructions of the stewards. Can I please ask that if you have a seat book for Mass, that you arrive 15 minutes before Mass time, so that you can be seated in time for beginning of Mass. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST BOOK A SEAT BEFOREHAND IN ORDER TO ATTEND MASS, AND PROVIDE CONTACT DETAILS. This can be done by clicking the links below or by phoning parish on 01738 626979. Numbers are very limited due to social distancing, so it may only be possible to attend every two/three weeks, to allow as many people who wish to attend to do so.
Booking will be required each week, and will be open from 9am the Saturday before and close at 6pm on the Friday before. If Eventbrite is 'sold out' or after Friday night please contact Fr Colin on 01738 626979
After the first few Sundays I will think about introducing some weekday Masses, but this would be dependant upon stewards and cleaners being available, so please consider volunteering.
Please remember to bring your own face covering, as these must be worn by all aged over 5yrs.
As there has been no parish collections for the past 18 weeks, I'm sure you can appreciate that funds are strained. I understand that a lot of people have been in financial difficulties at this time. If you are able to continue to support the parish, there will be a bucket as you enter and leave the church to receive your donations. Also you may like to consider a standing order with your bank, just ask me for details.
Church Re-opening Information - Update 9th July 2020
We are now in the process of planning the way forward, for when we receive clearance from the Scottish Government to be able to reopen.
We will only reopen when it is felt safe to do so, and we will move forward slowly and carefully.
Rather than open for private prayer, I would rather work towards making the church ready, for when we restart Sunday Mass.
Mass will be considerably different from what we know.
Because of social distancing (at present 2mtrs) we will only be able to accommodate approx 30 people at each Mass. We will introduce a booking system in due course, for seats to be reserved. Face coverings must be worn by all over the age of 5.
There will be no hymn singing, some Mass prayers will be omitted and Mass will take half an hour.
A one way system will be in operation, entering as normal and exiting by the side door. Communion will be distributed as you leave church.
Hand sanitisers will be available at entry and exit points and at toilet (which will be for emergencies only) + sanitising wipes for the user to wipe all surfaces they have touched.
After each Mass, the church will need to be cleaned and sanitised, so please consider volunteering to clean and also stewarding. Please give me a phone on 01738 626979.
Things are ever changing and when more details are available I will post them on the parish website.
Whether you are a longstanding member of the parish or have newly arrived or are simply a visitor to the area, I am delighted to welcome you. I should also like to let you know about the life and work of our parish, and the possibilities there are for you to join with us in our parish community.
This website is designed as a guide to the parish and to the many groups that are part of its mission. You and your family are encouraged to take part in whatever activity appeals to you and gives you the chance to put your talents at the service of others. The Church community can only succeed with the enthusiasm and energy of those who belong.
You can use this site to find out about the church and all upcoming events. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.
Father Colin Golden