Reopening of the Church for private prayer

          Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age,

          God's breath in man returning to his birth,

          The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,

          The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth

                                                          George Herbert

The Church will be open each day from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and again from

3.00 pm to 5.30 pm.  As we are now celebrating Mass on Saturday and Sunday, it will not be open for private prayer on Sunday mornings and only open from 3.00 - 4.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Those who come to pray are asked to enter only by the door on the Broadway side and to exit by the door into the car-park or the door in the Day Chapel.

Those who wish to park in the car-park can gain access to the Broadway door by the little 'slip-gate' near the Calvary.

Once in the Church, please follow the directional arrows and only enter/exit through the marked doors. Observe social distancing at all times.

Please only sit in the seats marked; all others are cordoned off. Please do not move the seating around. We realise that some people have preferred places in which to pray but we request that you abide by this instruction.

All those who come are asked to abide by the instructions given; either written or those given by the stewards.

Bear in mind that you will, at the present moment, need to bring your own mask and gloves but hand-sanitiser will be provided.

Some further points to bear in mind;

  • the Church is only open for private prayer. This means that, at the moment, there can be no public recitation of prayers, singing of hymns etc.

  • the toilets, hall, Bethany Room, kitchen and sacristies will not be open. 

  • seating is limited and available seats are indicated.

  • members of the same family or household may sit together where space allows but, unless from the same household, you may not sit with another person.

  • The Day Chapel will also be available to people from the same household.

  • Please do not touch the statues; we do not want to section them off so we must request that people respect this rule.

  • A single basket will be provided for any donations or prayer requests. Please put them in an envelope and indicate clearly what they are intended for.

  • If you wish to light a candle, please request the steward on duty, or one of the priests, to do this for you. Or you may put your prayer request and donation in the basket provided and the candle will be lit for you later.

  • If you wish to bring any contributions for the food-bank, these can be left at the presbytery.

  • if you wish to engage in conversation with fellow parishioners, please do so only outside the building and make sure to observe social distance.