I think we are surprised, some very concerned, at the extent that social distancing is being disregarded. We are certainly not of that mind. As a return to meeting in church and celebrating mass and the sacraments is now permitted our concern is to make all totally safe at all times. We are carefully complying with all the instructions, both those from government and from the bishops. You have seen how the church is liberally decorated with No Admission tape. Every second bench is kept free so that everyone is a least two metres distant from another. Stewards are at hand to help you keep within the regulated distances and routines, and to sterilise any place which someone has occupied. Things change very quickly but this is where we are the moment:
We are having difficulty with the technology for the streamed mass each Sunday. Paul has made heroic efforts to achieve a very good transmission of both vision and sound but gremlins plagued us for the past two Sundays. We hope streamed mass will continue and are working to get new equipment in place.
Mass with you present
We continue this week with mass with you present on Monday and Friday at 7pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am. Between 20 and 30 came to one or other of these. All were well spaced out. Friars stayed on the sanctuary and you in the nave of the church. Holy Communion was given with the greatest care to avoid any contamination. You who came were delighted. We look forward to being able to engage more, but understand and respect your concerns about staying safe from infection
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