• 11th July 2020
  • FR MALACHY’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK AND PARISH UPDATES

    Dear sisters and brothers,

    WE ARE FILLED WITH JOY BECAUSE WE CAN AGAIN CELEBRATE HOLY MASS TOGETHER IN OUR CHURCH AND RECEIVE THE LORD IN HOLY COMMUNION. AFTER A LONG EUCHARISTIC FAST OF ALMOST 4 MONTHS, WE CAN NOW COME TOGETHER IN FAITH AND LOVE TO BE NOURISHED AND FED BY THE LORD. HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND PRECAUTIONS THAT WE MUST FOLLOW, IN ODER TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE:

    Fr Malachy
    Your brother, your friend, your priest

  • Return to almost all previous times: Sundays - (6pm sat) then 8 and 10.30 Sunday;
    Weekdays: 9.30 Wed - Fri, no mass on sat morning, no mass normally on Mondays but 7 on tues evening to help those working during day

    NB NEXT WEEK, 6th JULY, MONDAY, WE BEGIN PUBLIC MASSES AGAIN.

    THE CHURCH WILL OPEN 20 MINUTES BEFORE EVERY HOLY MASS BEGINS.

    IT CANT BE A ‘RETURN TO NORMAL’. WE HAVE TO PUT INTO PLACE ALL THE MEASURES NEEDED AND REQUIRED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE BECAUSE THE COVID-19 VIRUS IS STILL AROUND. I BELIEVE WE MUST APPLY THE MOST CAUTIOUS MEASURES, SO:
    SOCIAL DISTANCING - WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE 2 METRE DISTANCE BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS. FAMILY GROUPS, OF COURSE, WILL BE ABLE TO STAY TOGETHER. THAT 2 METRE DISTANCE MUST BE OBSERVED OUTSIDE ON THE PATHWAY LEADING TO THE CHURCH, AS WELL AS WITHIN THE CHURCH. THERE IS SIGNAGE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE INDICATING THE 2 METRES. WE HAVE CALCULATED THAT 50 PEOPLE AT ANY ONE TIME WILL BE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN BE SAFELY ALLOWED IN THE CHURCH FOR EACH HOLY MASS. HOWEVER, FOR SOCIAL,DISTANCING REASONS, WE WILL NORMALLY NOT ALLOW THAT NUMBER,OF,PEOPLE,TO BE INNTHE CHURCH AT ANY ONE TIME. THE NUMBERS WILL BE GOVERNED BY THE LOGISTICS OF HOW MANY PLACES ARE AVAILABLE WHILE MAINTAINING THE CORRECT SOCIAL DISTANCING. NO SERVERS, EUCH MKNS FOR NOW

    WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR HOLY MASS, IN THE PORCH YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SANITISE YOU HANDS WITH A SANITISER PROVIDED. YOU MAY WEAR GLOVES AND A MASK IN THE CHURCH IF YOU WISH. IN FACT, I WOULD RECOMMEND WEARING A MASK BUT THAT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT OF ENTRY INTO THE CHURCH.
    YOU WILL THEN BE DIRECTED AND ESCORTED TO A SPECIFIC PLACE IN THE CHURCH WHICH YOU MUST ACCEPT BECAUSE IT IS TO KEEP YOU AND OTHERS SAFE. TO AVOID PEOPLE PASSING BY EACH OTHER, THERE WILL BE A DESIGNATED ROUTE - ENTERING YOUR PEW BY THE SIDE AISLES AND EXITING YOUR PEW ONLY BY THE CENTRE AISLE AND ALWAYS ONLY WHEN DIRECTED TO DO SO BY A STEWARD.
    HOLY COMMUNION WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE USUAL TIME IN THE HOLY MASS. AFTER THE ‘LAMB OF GOD..’ PRAYER, I WILL SAY THE FINAL PRAYER OF THE HOLY MASS, THEN MENTION ANY PARISH NOTICES, THEN THE FINAL BLESSING. AFTER THE FINAL BLESSING, I WILL HOLD UP A CONSECRATED HOST AND SAY ‘THE BODY OF CHRIST’. PLEASE THEN EVERYBODY SAY STRONGLY AND CLEARLY ‘AMEN.’ AFTER YOUR ‘AMEN’ I WILL WEAR A VISOR AND PROCEED WITH THE SACRED HOSTS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE CENTRE AISLE, OFF THE SANCTUARY. I WILL STAND BEHIND A PRIE-DIEU. YOU WILL THEN BE INVITED, BY THE STEWARDS, ROW BY ROW, STILL OBSERVING THE 2 METRE DISTANCE, TO STAND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PRIE-DIEU. WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, PLEASE STRETCH YOUR ARMS OUT TOWARDS ME, PLACING ONE PALM OF YOUR HAND ON ANOTHER AND I WILL PLACE THE SACRED HOST DELICATELY IN YOUR PALM. THEN, BEFORE MOVING, YOU TAKE THE SACRED HOST FROM YOUR PALM AND PLCE IT IN YOUR MOUTH. AFTER HAVING DONE THAT. YOU WALK TOWARDS A SID AISLE AND THEN TO THE PORCH OF THE CHURCH. YOU WILL PASS A COLLECTION BASKET - PLEASE PLACE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PARISH/OFFERTORY ENVELOPE IN THE BASKET. THEN YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SANITISE YOUR FINGERS AGAIN BEFORE LEAVING THE CHURCH. PLEASE DO NOT REMAIN CHATTING TO OTHERS ON THE PATH OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.
    TRACK AND TRACE. - WE ARE ASKED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COOPERATE WITH THE TRACK AND TRACE PROCESS. THIS WE MUST DO. SO, ON ENTERING THE CHURCH YOU MUST GIVE YOUR NAME AND PROVIDE A CONTACT DETAIL. WE WILL DO THIS BY ASKING YOU TO PLACE A SMALL PIECE OF PAPER CARRYING THIS INFORMATION IN A CONTAINER IN THE PORCH. WE HAVE TO DO THIS FOR EVERY HOLY MASS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. YOU MAY BRING THIS INFORMATION WITH YOU, WRITTEN ON YOUR OWN PIECE OF PAPER OR WE WILL HAVE SLIPS OF PAPER YOU CAN TAKE HOME WITH YOU, FILL IN THE INFORMATION AND THEN BRING WITH YOU EACH TIME YOU COME FOR HOLY MASS. IF YOU FORGET, THE STEWARD IN THE PORCH WILL ASK YOU FOR YOUR DETAILS, WRITE THESE DETAILS ON A SLIP OF PAPER AND PLACE IT IN THE CONTAINER. AFTER EVERY HOLY MASS, I WILL TAKE ALL THE SLIPS OF PAPER AND STORE THEM SECURELY FOR THREE WEEKS AFTER WHICH THEY WILL BE DESTROYED. NOBODY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
    AFTER EVERY HOLY MASS, THE CHURCH WILL BE THOROUGHLY SANITISED.

    NO CANDLES WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE SUNDAY HOLY MASSES BUT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR WEEKDAY HOLY MASSES.

    BECAUSE OF THE SAFETY LIMIT OF A MAXIMUM OF 5O PEOPLE AT EVERY HOLY MASS, PLEASE COME EARLY BECAUSE ONCE WE REACH THAT NUMBER OR THERE IS NO MORE ROOM AVAILABLE, NO ONE FURTHER WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE CHURCH FOR THAT SPECIFIC HOLY MASS.
    THERE WILL BE NO SINGING AT ANY HOLY MASS, NO SIGN OF PEACE, NO BIDDING PRAYERS, NO OFFERTORY PROCESSION, NO COLLECTION DURING HOLY MASS BUT BASKETS AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH FOR THE COLLECTION WHICH YOU CAN USE AS YOU LEAVE THE CHURCH.
    THERE WILL BE NO HOLY WATER IN USE.

    THE OBLIGATION TO CELEBRATE HOLY MASS ON SUNDAYS HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. SO I SUGGEST YOU CONSIDER COMING TO HOLY MASS ON A WEEKDAY INSTEAD OF A SUNDAY WHEN NUMBERS ARE LIKELY TO BE MUCH LESS.
    ALL THIS SOUNDS COMPLICATED NOW BUT IT WILL BE STRAIGHTFORWARD WHEN WE GET USED TO IT. IT’S FOR OUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AND IS A CONDITION THAT WE HAVE TO ACCEPT SO THAT WE CAN ONCE AGAIN CELEBRATE THE HOLY MASS AND RECEIVE OUR BLESSED LORD IN HOLY COMMUNION.
    MY PLAN IS THAT WE DO IT THIS WAY DURING THE MONTH OF JULY SO THAT WE BECOME FAMILIAR WITH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS. THEN, ALL BEING WELL, IN AUGUST, WE WILL RETURN TO RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION AT THE NORMAL TIME. ALSO, IN AUGUST, WE COULD HAVE SUNDAY HOLY MASS IN THE GARDEN WHICH WOULD MEAN MORE PEOPLE COULD ATTEND EACH HOLY MASS AND IT’S SAFER OUTSIDE ANYWAY.
    THE SACRISTY IS NOW A STERILE AREA - ONLY I AND A SACRISTAN MAY ENTER THE SACRISTY.

  • ✠ HOLY MASS INTENTIONS:

    15th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
    Sunday 12th July 8.00 AM
                  10.30 AM
    ✠ People of the Parish
    ✠ Mary Johnson (Veronique Phokeerdoss)
    Tuesday 14th July 7.00 PM ✠ (Private Intention)
    Wednesday 15th July 9.30 AM ✠ Noreen Butto (Mario, Maria, Vanessa D’Souza)
    Thursday 16th July 9.30 AM ✠ In Thanksgiving
    Friday 17th July 9.30 AM ✠ For those who have died from Covid-19
    Saturday 18th July 9.30 AM ✠ Private Intention
    16th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
    Saturday 18th July 6.00 PM ✠ Sunday Vigil Mass: In thanksgiving
    Sunday 19th July 8.00 AM
                 10.30 AM
    ✠ Betty and Joe Demello (Stephen and Joyce Nunes)
    ✠ People of the Parish

  • ✠ PARISH FINANCES:

    It is proving difficult for parishioners to drop their weekly contributions through the presbytery letter box because of the restrictions caused by the limited opportunities we have for being out of our homes. May I suggest a better way of ensuring that you can continue to support your parish.

    Please would you create a Banker’s Standing Order in favour of our parish. It is easy to arrange. You simply fill in a Banker’s Order form and return it completed to your bank.
    If you use NatWest bank, you can download the NatWest Banker’s Standing Order form and send to your bank, click here to download the Banker’s Standing Order form.

    If you use a different Bank, like Barclays for instance, please could you obtain a Standing Order form from your bank. Just complete it and send back to your bank. The information needed to fill in a Standing Order form is:

       ⊠ Name: NatWest Bank
       ⊠ Name of Account: RCAS - RE SANDERSTEAD PARISH
       ⊠ Account No: 34771271
       ⊠ Branch Sort Code: 55-70-30

    If you bank on line, you can simply arrange on line a Standing Order. Thank you everybody for considering our parish finances in such a difficult moment.

    If you already have a ‘Gift Aid’ arrangement in favour of our parish and are now arranging a Banker’s Order in favour of the parish, please give the bank your envelope number as a reference.