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The Saint Dominic's Parish Risk Assessmant is below the National Lockdown Guidance January 2021.
National Lockdown Guidance January 2021
Following the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, the following has been published by
the Government and can be found at the following link:
The Guidance for Places of Worship published this evening states:
Communal worship and life events
You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or
event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding
ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must
not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place
of worship. Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked
to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings
and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.
You must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble if you do
attend a service.
The Places of Worship Guidance (updated 22nd December 2020) summarises the position for
our churches. This can be found in full here:
Relevant extracts (comments are provided to assist interpretation):
Communal worship, including prayers, devotions or meditations led by a Minister of
Religion or lay person
Limits for communal worship should be decided on the basis of the capacity of the place of
worship following an assessment of risk (see Section 5 ‘Restrictions on Capacity’).
People must follow the restrictions on social mixing set out by their area’s local restriction
tier and adhere to social distancing between households.
In Tier 1 areas, people must not mingle in a group of more than 6 (other than with those
they live with or have formed a support bubble with).
In Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 areas, people must not mingle indoors with anyone they do not
live with or have formed a support bubble with.
You must not attend or mix with anyone outside your household or support bubble.
Comment: Mass and other acts of worship can continue as normal following the covid-security
guidance that has been published by the Bishops’ Conference after consultation with
officials from Public Health England and MHCLG.
In Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas marriages, civil partnerships or alternative wedding
ceremonies must have no more than 15 people. Anyone working is not included as part of
the limit on those attending.
In Tier 4 areas weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6
people. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in exceptional
circumstances, for example urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously
ill and not expected to recover, or due where to undergo debilitating treatment or lifechanging
Please refer to the guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships during the coronavirus
Attendees should socially distance from anyone they do not live with (unless they are in their
Comment: As national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, only 6 people can attend a marriage (apart
from anyone working as part of the ceremony) and these should only occur in
exceptional circumstances. Weddings planned for the next 6 weeks should be
In all areas, there must be no more than 30 people attending. Anyone working is not included
as part of the 30 person limit.
Please refer to the COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus
Attendees should socially distance from anyone they do not live with (unless they are in their
Commemorative events to celebrate the life of a person who has died
These are events which occur to commemorate or mark the deceased’s passing. Examples
include a wake, a stone setting ceremony or the scattering of ashes.
In Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas such events must have no more than 15 people in
attendance, excluding those who are present for work purposes.
In Tier 4 areas such events must have no more than 6 people in attendance.
Such gatherings cannot take place in a private dwelling or garden.
Comment: As national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, only 6 people can attend a commemorative
event which would include the interment of ashes after a cremation. The immediate
burial of a coffin after a church or crematorium-based service would be subject to 30
people or the restrictions imposed locally by the graveyard or crematorium
Significant life cycle events, outside of marriage ceremonies and funerals
In all areas where such events are an element of communal worship, they are subject to the
requirements for communal worship set out above.
Comment: This means that the numbers of people permitted to attend life-cycle events such as
baptisms, confirmations and other significant sacramental celebrations are subject
to the covid-security determined limits of the church.
Supervised children’s activities
In Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, these are limited to the number of people who can safely
socially distance in the venue in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance. See guidance for
providers of out-of-school settings.
This includes, but is not limited to, activities such as mother and baby groups with multiple
adults supervising children. In these situations, adults should maintain social distancing with
other adults from different households.
In Tier 4, these activities must only take place where reasonably necessary to enable parents
to work, seek work, attend education or training.
Comment: As national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, any activity which is church-based must be
fully risk assessed and necessary for the above reasons.
In all areas, support groups can take place with up to a maximum of 15 people in a public
place, if the support group is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or
philanthropic institution, or a public body to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form
of support to its members or those who attend its meetings.
This includes, but is not limited to, providing support:
• to victims of crime (including domestic abuse)
• to those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other
substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour
• to new and expectant parents
• to those with, or caring for persons with, any long-term illness, disability or terminal
condition or who are vulnerable
• to those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity including those living as
lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
• to those who have suffered bereavement
Organised parent and child groups can also take place with up to 15 people. Any child under
5 is not included in this limit.
Comment: These activities should be fully risk-assessed and full covid-security measures should
be in place.
Small prayer and study groups
In Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, limits for prayer and study groups should be decided on the
basis of the capacity of the place of worship following an assessment of risk (see Section 5
‘Restrictions on Capacity).
People must follow the restrictions on social mixing set out by their area’s COVID Local Alert
Level (Tier) and adhere to social distancing between households and described above for
In Tier 4 areas, prayer or study groups must not take place in person.
This guidance applies to places of worship when being used for a religious purpose or in
preparation for a religious purpose.
Comment: As national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, in person prayer or study groups (which
would include catechesis for the celebration of the sacraments) should not take place
physically, but only using online means.
For permitted uses of a place of worship not included in this guidance, you should refer to the
specific guidance linked below:
• Tourism, retail and restaurants and other hospitality industries
• Meetings or small gatherings, as permitted in other multi-purpose community settings
• Places of worship should take account of the performing arts guidance in organising any
indoor or outdoor performances, paying particular attention to the sections on singing.
Face coverings must be worn in places of worship, unless you are exempt. This is now law.
Guidance on face coverings and exemptions is here:
It is important that during this time all places of worship continue to provide hand sanitiser
at points of access and egress, there should be stewarding and managed social distancing
within the church space and that full cleaning of the space should be done immediately after
the church has been in use.
The time that people are in the church should be minimised (so the use of liturgical choices
should reflect this, including a short homily, the omission of the prayers of the faithful and
any other permitted mitigations) and the church must be well ventilated even during the
liturgical celebrations. There should be no congregational singing as part of the liturgical
celebrations and if a choir or cantors sing, the choices of music should be such that the
exposure time is not excessively prolonged.
It is very important to encourage all who attend our churches to abide by these covidsecurity
restrictions and to protect themselves and those around them. It is also an
opportunity to thank those who clean and steward our churches for their generosity of
service to the local community.
Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas
4th January 2021
COMING TO CHURCH DURING THE PANDEMIC
. We are following the guidance of the Government and Catholic Church to keep YOU safe.
. The spread of covid-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2m or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person. Respiratory droplets containing the virus are likely to be the most important means of transmission; these are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
. In church, we are sitting together in a relatively confined space for some period of time, hence the increased risk.
. A good flow of fresh air in the church decreases the risk of transmission. We will open our doors and windows to maintain good ventilation. You are advised to wrap up warm.
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHURCH BUILDING IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. NHS information posters are displayed on the porch window and inside the church.
. Social distancing means that the church's capacity is limited to 24 individuals. Please maintain a distance of 1 metre+ from each other inside the church (unless you are with others from the same family or household). Our capacity will be displayed at the church entrance. The number includes stewards.
. To begin with, we will not have a booking procedure. However, we will keep the situation under review. The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended so it is perfectly acceptable to attend Mass on a weekday when it is likely to be less busy.
We will have our usual Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses. If we have the stewards, we plan to have Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am. We must have 2 stewards on duty to allow us to open the church to the public for individual prayer or Mass.
NHS TEST AND TRACE SCHEME
. Participation is voluntary but strongly recommended.
. To download the NHS Covid-19 App, please search for "NHSCOVID-19" in the App Store / Google Play Store on your phone. There are posters around the church with more information about NHS Test and Trace, and the App.
. Please scan the QR Code you will find displayed around the church.
. If you are unable or choose not to use the NHS App, please bring a slip of paper on which you have already written a contact name and phone number for you (and your group plus the number of people in your group); and the date. Then please give the slip to a steward.
. Consent forms for data protection purposes are available in the porch for those using the contact slips. Please give your completed consent forms to a steward.
. Completed contact slips* and consent forms will be stored securely in the sacristy. (*Your details will be destroyed after 21 days if not required for tracing purposes.)
. You will need to scan the QR Code or complete a contact slip each time you come to church.
ARRIVAL AT CHURCH
. Doors will open 20 minutes before Mass starts. This is to ensure that we are gathered inside for the shortest reasonable time and so minimise the risk of infection. Two Stewards will be on duty when you arrive. Please follow the directions of our Stewards at all times: they are here to serve you and keep you safe. If you are waiting / queueing outside, please keep a safe social distance from each other.
. The stewards will:
- open all the windows and the fire-escape door for ventilation;
- light the single big candle on the candle-stands. Matches will not be left out on the stands. People may light their little tea-light candles from the big candle. This is to avoid people touching objects/surfaces that others have touched and to avoid the risk of spreading infection.
HANDS - FACE - SPACE
. Please sanitise your hands with the alcohol gel which is available in the porch and around the church. Please sanitise when you enter and before you leave the church.
. It is mandatory to wear a face-covering/mask inside the church building, unless you are exempt.
. Please maintain a safe social distance in your interaction with each other at all times.
STEWARDS will be issued with hi-vis jackets for easy recognition.
STEWARD 1 will stand behind a table at the church entrance to:
- sanitise your hands on entry and exit.
- ensure you are wearing a face-mask/covering: it is mandatory (unless exempt).
- inform you about the NHS Test and Trace scheme: voluntary but strongly recommended. App and QR Code; contact slips*; consent forms. (*Please bring your own, completed contact slips to church to avoid the sharing of pens etc. Please give contact slips and cosent forms to a steward) PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PEN TO CHURCH IN CASE YOU NEED TO FILL IN A CONTACT SLIP / CONSENT FORM / MASS-INTENTION REQUEST FORM ETC.
- remind you about social distancing and ask you to please follow the directions of the stewards at all times.
and then hand over to STEWARD 2 who will:
- show you to your seat. We will fill seats from the front. Couples/families/households may sit together on the benches. Our capacity is 24 individuals. Couples/families/household groups can increase that number as long as they are able to sit together in their bubble and be distanced from other people.
- ask you to please move only on the steward's direction.
- ask you to please follow the one-way system as indicated by the floor-markings.
- ask you to please avoid touching anything in the church unless you have to; to please stand or sit only, and not to kneel. Everything that is touched presents a risk of spreading infection and will have to be cleaned.
. There will be no Mass-books and no hymn books. You may bring your own prayerbooks and devotional material but you must take them home and not leave them lying around the church nor share them. Newsletters will be available but if you pick one up, you must take it away with you.
. There will be no congregational singing. Frances may play the organ on Sundays and her husband, Martin, may sing alone from the lectern. He may sing one verse of the entrance, offertory, communion and final hymn. The congregation will be asked not to join in.
. Readers will sanitise their hands before and after they read. There will be sanitiser on the lectern. Readers will wear their face-covering on their way to and from the lectern but may remove it to read. You may print off your own free copy of the Mass readings at www.universalis.com (a very useful website for liturgy, prayer and devotions)
. Priests are asked to give a brief homily. There will be no prayers of intercession.
. No offertory procession. The collection basket will not be handed around. The basket will be on the table near the entrance so you may drop off your donation on the way in or out. There will be a steward at the table to oversee the collection. The collection will be consolidated into plastic bags, sealed, secured and left for 72 hours before counting.
. No sign of peace.
. Holy Communion: Fr Erico plans to distribute communion from his usual position in front of the altar, at the usual time in the Mass.
- Communion will be given under one kind only.
- Please remain in your seats until directed to move by a steward, starting from the back. Follow the one-way system. Keep a safe social distance.
- Communion will be given silently in the hand only. Please extend your arms at full stretch (for safe distance) and extend your hands as flatly as possible with palms upwards one on top of the other. You may remove your face-covering only to receive the host.
. At the end of Mass, please remain in your seats until directed to leave by a steward, starting from the back and following the one-way system. Keep a safe social distance.
. Another steward will stand at the exit(s) to:
- sanitise your hands as you leave.
- oversee the collection basket.
. Please leave the church promptly. Please do not linger inside or outside the church.
. Please keep a safe social distance and follow the "rule of 6" outside and in the carpark. We must be seen by our neighbours to be following all the Government and Church guidance otherwise we risk being closed.
. After Mass, the stewards will clean the church, porch and toilet, including all surfaces commonly touched: benches, pews, chairs, kneelers, door-handles etc. The church will then be closed and locked.
. SACRISTY: Only those necessary should be in the sacristy before Mass: priest, sacristan/server.
. CONFESSION: The normal confessional is closed because it is a confined space with restricted airflow. However, we have set up an alternative, more open confession space in the parish room.
- Fr Erico plans to make confession available in the 20-minute period before Saturday and Sunday Mass.
- Please sanitise your hands on entry to the church and confessional space.
- Priest and penitent will be socially distanced and not sitting face-to-face. They should sit at right-angles to each other or side by side or facing opposite directions.
- Penitent: please clean your seat and any surface you may have touched after your confession. In this way, you will leave the space clean and safe for the next penitent. Sanitiser, gloves, cleaning materials and a bin are available in the confession space.
- Please sanitise your hands on leaving the confession space.
. TOILET: Only the accessible toilet in the porch will be open. Please keep the door open between use to ensure good ventilation. If you wish to use the toilet, please sanitise your hands before entry; clean all surfaces you touch, using the gloves and cleaning materials provided; wash your hands afterwards; dry your hands with the hand-drier. Cloth towels are NOT to be used (for hygiene reasons). Please sanitise your hands after exiting the toilet. Good personal hygiene is essential at all times to keep each other safe and various posters will promote this message. YOUNG CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED.
. The PARISH ROOM will only be accessible for confession.
. The toilet in the parish room will be closed for public use.
. The KITCHEN will be closed for public use.
. There will be no tea and coffee after Sunday Mass.
. Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales www.cbcew.org.uk For guidance on the celebration of Mass and other sacraments in these times of covid-19; news and statements; liturgy and prayer.
. R.C. Diocese of East Anglia www.rcdea.org.uk For guidance, news and all aspects of diocesan life.
. UK Government www.gov.uk For all government announcements, information, advice and guidance on covid-19.
. NHS www.nhs.uk For all health information and advice. Test and Trace information.
WASH HANDS - COVER FACE - MAKE SPACE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT
GOD BLESS YOU
A national lockdown in England will run from 5th November until 2nd December. All churches will be closed for communal worship during that period. Churches will be able to open for individual prayer, provided there are stewards present and all the covid-19 safety measures are maintained. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november for all the details and a link to the Regulations themselves.
On 4th November, the Catholic Church in England and Wales issued a statement on the national lockdown and a call to prayer:
Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until Wednesday, 2 December.
These Regulations prohibit the gathering of people for communal worship in churches and other religious buildings.
Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need.
Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.
Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law:
“Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity”
We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.
It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.
At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help.
We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21 November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic.
We encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need.
This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Issued: Wednesday, 4 November 2020
On 5th November, the Catholic Church in England and Wales issued their guidance for this lockdown. The guidance is based on the Government's own Regulations and guidance. It is very helpful and the Church encourages us to read it so that all parishes know how to act within the guidance for the best of their communities. The guidance can be seen at https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/four-week-lockdown-england-covid-19-guidance/
A CALL TO PRAYER: "We must sustain everyone in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer, each day at 6pm and observing the Vigil of Christ the King on 21st November as a day of prayer for the ending of the pandemic.
"We encourage you all in your practical service and support of everyone around you in need.
"The pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today." (Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.
For the latest GUIDANCE from the Government, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic (24th September)
The Catholic Church in England and Wales have accordingly updated their guidance to follow that of the Government.
Please see https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ (dated 28th September) for the Church's guidance for the celebration of Mass; confession; pastoral care of the sick; weddings; funerals.
The Bishops' Conference have just revised their Guidance for Collective Worship.
for the latest guidance.
From 4th July, Catholic churches that are safely able to do so will be allowed to resume collective acts of worship.
Guidance has been issued by the Government and our Bishops to ensure our safety in church from Covid-19.
The Government has issued "Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4th July." Please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-4-july to read the guidance in full.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued have issued lots of guidance including "Guidance for the Celebration of Mass" and "Guidance for Confession". The guidance has been compiled with detailed public health advice and scrutiny, and complies with the principles established by the Government. It is designed to help parishes comply with the Government's public health and social distancing requirements. Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/ to read the guidance in full and download.
Health and Safety requirements mean that our own church must remain closed, and we will not be able to enter it for individual prayer or Mass, until the building work has been completed and we are ready to reopen. Before our church can safely reopen, we will need lots of volunteers to go in and clean the church and make all the necessary preparations in line with the safety guidance. We hope to be ready to reopen our church in August. We will also need volunteer stewards to assist in the supervision of people in church to ensure that social distancing, hand-sanitisation and other safety measures are maintained. In this way, we will keep everyone safe. We can all play our part and together we will make it work, for the safety of all. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the latest news. Please keep in touch with each other and please spread the news, especially among parishioners who may not be on the internet.
If you would like to volunteer to help clean our church and /or to be a steward, or would like more information, please contact Joe Walton (Tel. 01366 347455).
The Catholic Church in England and Wales have issued "Safeguarding Guidance for Church Stewards". Copies of the guidance will be available to all our stewards. We will need at least 2 stewards to be present in our church throughout the time it is open for prayer or Mass. The guidance states that, where possible, one of each pair should be trained in safeguarding for another role in the parish.
Our own diocese of East Anglia has prepared a 15 minute Zoom presentation on Training for Stewards and Volunteers involved in the reopening of churches. The presentation aims to raise awareness of national guidance and gives some important safeguarding information. It is available to all at www.rcdea.org.uk/safeguarding/ Just click on "Watch Zoom Presentation". We encourage you to watch the presentation so that when our own church is preparing to reopen you may have a better understanding of what we are asked to do, for the safety of all.
Stewards will be fully briefed about their duties. Stewards will ensure that hand-sanitisation occurs at entry and exit points and that social distancing is maintained in church. Our stewards will have a very important role in ensuring that we all keep safe.
Due to the social distancing guidance, all churches will have a much-reduced capacity. For this reason, many parishes are operating a "booking" procedure so as to avoid, as much as possible, a journey to church only to find that there are no places left.
To get a very good picture of how our churches will manage the demands of covid-19, we recommend you look at the practice of our neighbouring parishes which have already reopened for the public celebration of Mass. Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham, for example, has a very helpful and impressive presentation on its website. The website addresses and contact details of our neighbouring parishes are given below in this newsletter.
All of this sounds strange and daunting but as a strong parish community we can all play our part and look after each other by following the guidance with good grace and humility. Covid-19 is still with us and the risk to health persists so we must do all we can to minimise the risk and protect each other. The lockdown has been tough on our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It has meant hardship and sacrifice. We've come a long way. Let's not drop our guard now and risk undoing all our hard work. We are all in this together, and together we will keep ourselves and each other safe.
NEWS FROM OUR BISHOPS
Please visit www.cbcew.org.uk for all of the following:
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the resumption of collective acts of worship from 4th July.
- The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales address us all in a letter on the same subject. The letter contains some very important information and guidance, so do please read it in full below:
- In their letter, the Archbishops say that at present the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England:
Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.
The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.
We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.
With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.
Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.
We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.
Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.
When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.
“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.
We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ John Wilson
Archbishop of Southwark
Posted Friday 17.04.2020
EVENING PRAYER: Amongst the many churches streaming daily Evening Prayer online, is St George's in Norwich www.stgeorgenorwich.com where you will also find reflections, prayers and links to other helpful resources.
Posted Friday 03.04.2020
COVID-19 COLD-CALLER WARNING: Police are advising people to be vigilant to scammers and bogus officials. Police advice is:
* Only accept help from people you know and trust. Never deal with unexpected cold-callers.
* Don't give your credit or debit card details.
* You do not have to do anything you don't feel comfortable with.
* Police, health-workers and others would not call at your house to test for coronavirus or ask for money regarding investigations.
* Check the person calling at your door has valid identification, especially if they are in uniform.
* Do not transfer any money across to someone who calls you over the phone. Banks will not ask for your personal security details.
* Do not trust anyone asking for money transfers or cash over the phone.
* Do not make shopping purchases from a company or person you do not know and trust. Use a credit card to pay, to protect yourself.
www.norfolk.police.uk Type "Covid-19 Cold-Caller Warning" in Search box on Home Page for Norfolk Police advice in full.
www.norfolk.gov.uk/tsalerts To sign up for scam alerts from Norfolk County Council Trading Standards team.
www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Norfolk To complete the quick and simple Friends Against Scams training online. This allows everyone to better understand and spot scams, and recognise when people are being scammed in our community.
You can report scams and suspicious telephone cold calls to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on telephone 0808 223 1133
Posted Saturday 28.03.2020. 16.30
MILLIONS JOIN POPE FRANCIS IN PRAYERS for an end to the Covid-19 virus: Please visit www.rcdea.org.uk for links to read the full text of Pope Francis' message and to watch the service in St Peter's Square which took place on Friday 27th March
REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND as the DOWRY OF MARY: This Sunday 29th March at 12 noon Please visit www.behold2020.com to read all about this event. We can take part by making a personal promise and act of communal entrustment. We can be part of a huge, nationwide congregation watching a Mass being live-streamed online ( see www.rcdea.org.uk for details). Please download the Personal ( Angelus) Promise and Act of Entrustment at the 'behold' website above.
Posted Saturday 28.03.2020. 16.30
www.gov.uk for information and advice from HM Government
www.nhs.uk for information and advice from NHS
www.west-norfolk.gov.uk Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
www.bbc.co.uk for a reliable and accurate source of news
www.vatican.va for news; prayers, homilies, letters; live-streaming of the Mass and other services
www.cbcew.org.uk The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. For news, prayers, resources, links
www.rcdea.org.uk Diocese of East Anglia. For news from around our diocese, resources, links, live-streaming of the Mass and other services
www.walsingham.org.uk RC National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. For prayer, resources, 24-hour live- streaming of the Mass and other devotions
www.lourdes-france.org Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. For the Mesage of Lourdes, prayer, resources, live-streaming of Mass, the Rosary and other services
www.fatima.pt The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fatima. For the Message of Fatima, prayer, resources, live-streaming of the Mass and the Rosary
www.us.magnificat.net Magnificat, the monthly Catholic magazine for daily Mass and prayers. A special FREE online version is now available.
www.universalis.com for prayer and liturgy
www.indcatholicnews.com for news, prayers, reflections, arts and culture, listings, resources and Masses online
www.churchservices.tv Streaming of Mass and other services from around UK and Ireland
www.ewtn.co.uk Catholic media network for news, daily Mass and devotions, teaching
www.radiomariaengland.uk Catholic radio station in Cambridge broadcasting the Mass, the Rosary, prayer, catechesis, discussion and music
Please pray for all those in our community who are self-isolating or who are experiencing anxiety. May the Lord bless them with his peace and free them from any distress. May they be comforted in the knowledge that Jesus is close to them and that we are praying for them.
A PRAYER FOR HELP AND HEALING
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to You today with our fears and concerns. You know what is in our hearts. We love You, we trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us, to stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.
We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. We ask You to bring your loving touch and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now from the coronavirus. Please comfort them.
Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others.
Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven.
Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away.
Please be with those who are trying to find a remedy to this pandemic.
Lord, we are afraid and we are sorrowful. Please heal us. Send us your peace and overwhelming presence.
(if you have a special intention mention it here)
Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal. Amen.
Mary, our Mother, Untier of Knots. Pray for us.
St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases. Pray for us.
St. Edmund, patron of the victims of pandemics. Pray for us.
St. Damien of Molokai, who put himself at risk to minister to lepers. Pray for us.
St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases. Pray for us!
St. Roch, who prayed for those suffering from infectious diseases. Pray for us.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying. Pray for us.
St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes. Pray for us.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who was dedicated to caring for the sick. Pray for us.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I happened to find this beautiful link and heard a beautifully translated mass said by the Pope with a short adoration.
THE TEAM AT DRIVING MISS DAISY HAS COMPILED A REALLY USEFUL LIST OF LOCAL PROVIDERS OF ESSENTIAL PROVISIONS
Driving Miss Daisy
To all our valued and much-loved clients and friends,
It is with great sadness that due to the latest developments and Government advice we have been forced to make the decision to temporarily suspend our companion and driving service.
We will still be here for you, either to offer emotional or practical support or to direct you to agencies and businesses that can support you during this difficult time. We will ALWAYS be available for a chat over the phone! We will be keeping in touch with regular clients, who have relied on us for their transport needs, and will be updating you with any changes to the above situation. In the meantime, please try to stay positive, look forward and start planning where we will go when this is all over, keep busy with projects and hobbies, make time to go for a walk, pay contactless or by cheque and where possible avoid handling cash (if you have to then wash your hands/coins immediately after).
Driving Miss Daisy have personally phoned round a number of local businesses and include details below to ensure you have access to essential provisions. If you are in desperate need of any essentials and none of this list can help, please don’t hesitate to phone us. We will do our very best, as a volunteer, to get you what you need.
We are so saddened it has come to this but please rest assured we will be back!
Natalie, Melanie, Andy, Michelle and Nikki
List of local providers of essential provisions:
Methodist Homemade Lunches -01366 387705
Available Mon-Fri. For vulnerable, elderly and isolated people. Free Delivery
Place orders between 9am and 12pm. Please order 2 days in advance. Menus subject to change dependent on supplies available. Cash on delivery, all change given has been bleached for safety.
Goddards Butchers – 01366 388377
Free delivery. Pay over the phone. Home-cooked ready meals, fruit, veg, pies, some cakes. Place orders for delivery approximately 1 week ahead.
JW Sargeant Butchers -01366 382232
Free local delivery. Payment by phone once food has been delivered. Order 7 days ahead. Meat, eggs, Pies, some pasta sauces and condiments, limited sausage rolls. Gluten-Free produce available.
AJ Dent Butchers – 01366 387686
Pay by cheque or over the phone. Free delivery for DM area. Allow 2 days for deliveries. Meat, sausage rolls, pasties, pies, some fruit, milk, bread, butter, eggs and cheese.
Knicat Bread and Bakery – 01366 383708
Telephone orders only. 9am-1pm Mon-Sat. Free delivery in DM area. Next day delivery. They will call you before delivery so you can leave cash out.
Bread, cakes, rolls, eggs, flour and potatoes.
FW Kelling Fruit and Veg – 07375373861
Free delivery locally. Open Mon-Thurs. Deliver Mon and Thurs. Pay by PayPal or Bank Transfer. £15 for a fruit, veg and salad box. Huge list of extras.
Home delivery. Order online: www.accentfresh.co.uk
Landymores Farm Shop – 01366 388912
Pay over phone or leave cash out for delivery driver. Free delivery. Preferably, 1week notice required for delivery. Fruit, veg, eggs, bread, milk (with notice), biscuits, cakes, fudge, sweets, flowers, cards, apple juice.
Norfolk in a Box – 07827777541
Fruit and veg deliveries.
The Foldgate Inn- Stradsett (5 mile radius) – 01366347772
Mon-Fri. 12- 5;30pm. Free delivery on orders over £20. Meals.
Downham Home and Garden Centre – 01366 381190
£5 delivery within DM. Free delivery when over £50 spent. Pay over the phone. Delivery on the day or next day. Plants, gardening equipment, compost, paint, cakes, veg, alcohol free beers, fizzy drinks, bottled water, flavoured water, biscuits, jams and chutneys.
Baytree of Hilgay Farm Shop – 01366 385661
Farm shop open 10-3pm. Some local delivery options available. Following day delivery. Order and pay over the phone. Drive up and collect option available. Place order and phone on arrival- someone will come and put it in your boot. Fruit, veg, pickles, chutneys, milk, bread, beer, wine, pasta, pasta sauces, frozen ready meals by ‘Cooks’, gluten-free produce available.
Oakhouse Foods – 0333 433 0402
Frozen ready meals. Pay over the phone. Request a brochure- www.oakhousefoods.co.uk
Wiltshire Farm Foods – 01362 699049
Ready meals delivered to your door. Dietary requirements met. Free delivery.
Barkers DBS – 01366 382525
Free local delivery. Paint, DIY supplies, plumbing, electrical, cleaning products, home improvements.
Boots – Downham Market – 01366 382345
Ask friends, family, volunteers to collect first. Sign up for collection of your prescriptions if you’ve been advised you must stay home on: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable-deliveries
Shop open for essentials and prescriptions 10 am- 1pm, 2pm-5pm Mon- Sat. Sun 10-1pm and 2pm-4pm. There may be room on their delivery vans for prescriptions in emergencies.
Savers- Downham Market – 01366 380702
Please wait outside the door, queue 2metres apart. Only 5 customers are allowed in the shop at a time. Ask neighbours, friends and volunteers if you are unable to go shopping once a week. Toiletries, medication, cleaning, drinks and sweets.
Vets One- Crimplesham -01366 384644
Free delivery of pet prescriptions. Appointments still available.
Jurassic Bark- 01366 381505
Free delivery in DM area. All pet provisions (stock level dependant). Pay over the phone. Same or next day delivery.
Driving Miss Daisy- 07458005575
Support, advice, someone to make you laugh, a friend to talk to. We will help you as a volunteer where we can alongside the above options.
Eternity Church Volunteers- 07971372685
Hope this helps?
Natalie, Melanie, Andy, Michelle and Nikki. xxx
Please see www.rcdea.org.uk to listen to CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOL'S MESSAGE OF HOPE.
CATHOLIC EAST ANGLIA: The April edition of our diocesan newspaper is now available in our church porch and online at www.rcdea.org.uk To keep up to date with the latest diocesan news, including updates on precautions and events affected by the C.virus, please sign up for the weekly enews bulletin at our diocesan website above.
LIVE-STREAMING OF THE MASS: please see p.3 of April's "Catholic East Anglia" for news of 2 diocesan churches which live-stream their Masses. Also, St John's Cathedral, Norwich hopes to live-stream its Masses soon.
RADIO MARIA in Cambridge broadcasts daily church liturgy, the Mass, the Rosary and catechesis. Please see www.radiomariaengland.uk
In case you don’t know already CAFOD have put Lent prayer resources on their website. For parents of children at home there are also educational resources and a virtual children's liturgy every Sunday.
Within East Anglia our diocesan website is a good way to find out what’s going on locally, and the National Shrine at Walsingham has live streaming of all events as does St Laurence's Church in Cambridge.
CORONAVIRUS: The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have announced that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed until further notice.
The celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
Fr Erico will continue to say Mass at the usual times but only in private, without a congregation. We will be able to join in spiritually in that celebration, following its prayers at home, making an act of spiritual communion .
Our Bishops encourage us to make an act of spiritual communion.
Information about the live-streaming* of the celebration of the Mass and other spiritual resources will be made available in our diocese. *For example, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at www.walsingham.org.uk
Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales www.cbcew.org.uk for news, resources, prayers for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, a prayer of spiritual communion.
RC Diocese of East Anglia www.rcdea.org.uk for news, resources, prayers.
Please pray for, and support, each other. Please keep an eye on our parish website www.saintdominics.org.uk for information and news of how we can help each other through these challenging times. Please keep in touch with each other and do not hesitate to ask for help: shopping, collecting prescriptions, a friendly phone call, a request for prayers. etc. We can all play our part.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
BRIDGET VILLATORO would like to set up a Whatsapp group for St Dominic's. She writes: If you would like to be included please text me on 07736 065997. If you still rely on a quill pen to communicate, just keep my number and ring if, in my limited way, I can help. Bridget.