Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please find attached details of the final stage of the First Holy Communion catch-up for children who begun the preparation and due the Pandemic did not finished.
For those who have been in contact and attended the special online parents meeting or those who have contacted the Parish Priest directly and received the “green light”, there will be a special meeting involving a chat with a priest about the understanding of the Sacrament followed by First Confession.
We have arranged 3 evenings:
Can you please let me know by email which date you prefer to come for Confession?
If there is any problem in attending the session, please let the Parish Office as soon as possible (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-2pm)
As we all know, Monday 19th July is so called FREEDOM DAY from the Covid-19 restrictions. But the fact is that the Covid-19 virus is still circulating in society and the pandemic is not over! Even without legal restrictions the Church in England and Wales will be adopting a cautious approach to capacity and activity within our buildings.
After 19th July the church REMAINS OPEN for MASSES.· Please do not enter the church if you have high temperature or/and persistent cough.
St Teresa’s church has allocated seats – max. capacity approx. 142 seats. St Ambrose, Wye has 20 zones available for households or individuals.
1) Please continue to use QR T&T system, or our online system to tell us you are coming.
2) Sanitise your hands at the entrance to the church.
3) Please wear a face cover at all time, unless you are medically exempt, in which case please sit in the less crowded part of the church.
4) Please follow our sitting rules and keep 2x50cm distance between households. Please do not be selfish in choosing the place so we can accommodate everyone.
5) Congregational singing is permitted, but you can join in singing only if you are wearing a face mask.
6) Holy Communion will continue to be given on hand as before. Should you wish to receive on tongue, please come at the end of the queue and directly to the priest.
You can as well use the new Covid-19 NHS App & QR Code presented at the entrance to the church/chapel.
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Masses can be celebrated for deceased members of family or friends, thanksgiving, anniversaries, vocations, for the sick and for any particular need. If you would like a Mass said please fill in the Mass envelope at the back of Church and give it to a priest or drop it into the Parish Office.
There is also an old tradition of Gregorian Masses. Gregorian Masses are a series of Holy Masses traditionally offered on 30 consecutive days as soon as possible after a person’s death. They are offered for an individual soul. The custom of offering Gregorian Masses for a particular soul recognises that few people are immediately ready for heaven after death, and that, through the infinite intercessory power of Christ’s sacrifice, made present in Holy Mass, a soul can be continually perfected in grace and enabled to enter finally into the union with the Most Holy Trinity – our God, Who is Love Itself.
Just to avoid confusion, Gregorian Intention is not a Mass said in the Old Latin Rite but 30 consecutive Masses offered for one soul and must be said each consecutive day.
History of Gregorian Masses.
Gregorian Masses take their name from Saint Gregory the Great, who was sovereign Pontiff from 590 to 604. St. Gregory the Great contributed to the spread of the pious practice of having these Masses celebrated for the deliverance of the souls from purgatory. In his Dialogues, he tells us that he had Masses on thirty consecutive days offered for the repose of the soul of Justus, a monk who had died in the convent of St. Andrew in Rome. At the end of the thirtieth Mass, the deceased appeared to one of his fellow monks and announced that he had been delivered from the flames of Purgatory.