COVID-19 Health & Safety

Public Masses from the 4th July 2020 are as follows;

Monday to Friday 9am

Saturday 6.30pm (Vigil) 

Sunday 9,30am, 11.30am and 6.30pm

The Church will open half hour before Mass at the weekend and at 8.45am for weekday masses and will close immediately after mass to allow for cleaning.

The 11.30 mass will continue to be live streamed on our Parish YouTube channel.

Since the pandemic begun the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been removed by the Bishops of England and Wales – this still applies but if you wish to attend mass and wish to avoid the busy Sunday Masses please come along to 9am weekday mass (Monday to Friday).

Please follow the directions of the Stewards on entry/exit and during the distribution of Holy Communion. To ensure the health and safety of parishioners coming to the Church therefore a few guidelines will need to be followed.

  • Please do NOT come to church if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been contacted by the NHS Track and Trace service.
  • The capacity of the church has been reduced approx. 120 people allowed to each Mass and social distancing must be observed and the hygiene regulations at all times.
  • Entry to the church will be on a first come first served basis and social distancing will be required when queuing outside the Pastoral Centre and you will be issued a ticket for entry.
  • Readers and Ministers will need to entry the church via the sacristy door and sit (socially distanced) in the side chapel.
  • If possible can you not drive to church as space in the Car Park will be strictly limited.
  • On arrival you will directed by a steward to sanitise your hands.
  • The wearing of face covering’s is mandated in all places of worship from the 8th Aug.
  • There will be no alter servers required at all masses until further notice.
  • There will be no singing during Mass.
  • Do not use the kneelers.
  • The toilets will be closed until further notice.
  • The stewards will direct each row to receive Holy Communion.
  • When approaching the Priest or Minister for Communion, fully extend your hands. You will only be able to receive Holy Communion on the hand.
  • When you receive Holy Communion do not say ‘Amen’ aloud.
  • The distribution of Holy Communion will be at the end of Mass – and you will be required to leave the church straight afterwards
  • There will be a box at the back of the church for your offertory envelopes but you can still donate online at https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations/?parish=wanstead.

Contact Tracing  We are expected to participate in the NHS Test and Trace Programme but it would be impractical to take names and telephone numbers of everyone who enters the church so:  

If you test positive of COVID19 within 14 days of attendance at Mass you must inform the Parish Office as soon as possible. 

When we are made aware that a member of our congregation has become tested positive  for COVID 19 a notice to that effect will be placed  immediately on the front page of the parish website and our social media channels, so that individuals who attended the same Mass may arrange a COVID19 test.

All the arrangements that we are putting in place will be continually assessed and reviewed as we move forward with this process of reopening our church.   

For information from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales is available at; https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/guidance-collective-worship/  

Guidance on the celebration of the Mass https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/06/Guidance-Acts-of-Worship-Mass-V10-03082020.pdf

Please continue to check the parish website and social media for updates and further information.   

Page Last updated: 6.8.20

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