No Public Worship until december

NATIONAL GUIDANCE

On 4 November 2020, Parliament passed into law The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020. These are in force from 5 November to 2 December 2020. As well as the Regulations, the Government has updated its Guidance for the safe use of places of worship to reflect current circumstances. The Regulations preclude gatherings for communal worship, including the celebration of Mass, baptisms and most weddings.
In the current Regulations, places of worship are permitted to remain open for certain purposes, and to attend a place of worship is listed as a reasonable excuse to leave home.
Most notably, the Regulations allow places of worship to remain open for “individual prayer” which is defined as “prayer by individuals which does not form part of communal worship.” It is important that a generous provision is made to open our churches for substantial amounts of time. Funeral Masses and funeral services may continue to be celebrated, with an attendance of up to 30 people (not including those who are required for the celebration). Face coverings should continue to be worn in churches, unless individuals are exempt.

What does it mean for a Catholic?

At all the Catholic Churches, including St Teresa’s, Ashford & St Ambrose, Wye there will be no public services (including Masses) until the end of the National Lockdown. Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.

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” (Titus 3:1) 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.

For full details regarding the national autumn lockdown and worship visit the CBCEW website or to find out more about the wider situation with regard to the pandemic in England visit GOV.UK

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (8th November)

Please join us ONLINE for Remembrance Service 8th November at 10.30am followed by Litany for the dead, prayer for our country and the world.
Please note, that the Blessing of the Graves at Bybrook on Sunday 8th November will not take place.

PRIVATE PRAYER

National Guidance allow Churches to open for private prayer during the Autumn lockdown period. Therefore St Teresa’s main church will be open for Parishioners Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.00am to 11.00am and on Sundays from 3.00pm to 4.00pm with the Blessed Sacrament exposed for private adoration (No Private Prayer time on Wednesday an Saturday to allow proper cleaning.)
While the main church will be closed after the Private Prayer time, the church porch will be unlocked on weekdays until 4.00pm if you want to say a prayer (please mind that outside of the designated times there might be some noise due to the church refurbishment works).

MASSES via Livestream (ONLINE only)

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 7.00am, on Wednesday & Saturday at 10.00am and on Sunday at 10.30am (in English) and 12.00noon (in Polish)

FULL PLAN SUMMARY

Monday
7.00am – Holy Mass (Livestream)
10.00am – Private Prayer until 11.00am
7.00pm – Rosary Prayer (Livestream)

Tuesday
7.00am – Holy Mass (Livestream)
10.00am – Private Prayer until 11.00am

Wednesday
10.00am – Holy Mass (Livestream)
7.00pm – Devotion to ST Teresa (Livestream)

Thursday
7.00am – Holy Mass (Livestream)
10.00am – Private Prayer until 11.00am

Friday
7.00am – Holy Mass (Livestream)
10.00am – Private Prayer until 11.00am
7.00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet (Livestream)

Saturday
10.00am – Holy Mass (Livestream)

Sunday
10.30am – Sunday Mass in English (Livestream)
12.00am – Sunday Mass in Polish (Livestream)
3.00pm – Private Prayer until 4.00pm