Opening for Mass
Our prayer and our intention is that you will feel as welcome and at home in St William’s as ever.
Our arrangements are intended to keep us all as safe as possible during the pandemic.
As part of this, it is very important that you do not come to Church if you have a new cough, or a temperature, or have lost your sense of taste or smell.
If you come to Mass and subsequently test positive for Covid-19, let Fr John know, or contact the office, immediately.
Note in particular that the Archbishops say: "It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. "
Arrangements for Sunday Mass in St William's.
These will change, as circumstances change and as we gain experience; we will keep this page up to date..
- Places are limited.
- Only those invited (by email) can attend. If you are invited and you then cannot come, you must let us know so we can try to pass the place on. See the newsletter for more information on how to request an invitation to Sunday Mass.
- You must follow the instructions of the stewards.
- You will be told where to sit and, at the end, when to leave: in both cases the aim is to avoid households walking within 2m of each other.
- We will seat people with 2m distancing between households. We will seek to minimise people walking past each other at less than 2m distance, but we cannot eliminate this completely. The basic rule in seating is : one household per bench, or two people on their own, with one at each end of the bench.
- You should observe 2m distancing of households throughout the church, the church grounds, and beyond, as you arrive and leave. Sadly, we will have to avoid stopping to have a word with other people.
- Fr John will distribute Holy Communion in the hand only (under the form of bread) as instructed in the National Guidance. He will do this by going round the congregation. Before he does this, there will be a communal dialogue (‘The Body of Christ’, ‘Amen’) and he will give Communion to individuals without either party speaking.
- The toilet will not be available: if that might be a problem you should not come at this stage.
- Our understanding of the Government advice is that that those classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should not come to Church yet. (Government Guidance for the clinically vulnerable)
- The Government continues to say that those 70 and over should minimise contact outside their household and be careful to maintain distance from others. (Government Guidance for those 70 and over: see '2.1')
- We hope that coming to Mass will be as safe as going to the supermarket, but you probably should not think of it as safer. If you wouldn’t go to the supermarket it is probably unwise for you to come to Church at this stage.
- Face coverings may be worn but are not compulsory.
- Please arrive in good time: admission after Mass has started will not be possible.
Arrangements for Weekday Mass in St William's.
All of the above apply also to Weekday Mass, except '2', so we will not operate by invitation. You can just turn up. However, if we reach capacity no further people will be admitted for that Mass. Should this arrangement not work, we will move over to an invitation system, as for Sunday.