COVID 19 THIS APPLIES FROM MONDAY 19th JULY, FOR THOSE ATTENDING MASS:
Each Parish, area and region has to make decisions based on local circumstances and needs. And so the Parish of Grimsby is doing things differently to their near neighbours in the Parishes served from Scunthorpe. Proper deliberation has to take place. However, as from July 19th, it will no longer be necessary to book for Sunday Masses. The Bishops of England and Wales exhort you to keep wearing face coverings, for now, and use the hand sanitiser provided on entering The Church. The one way system is to be disbanded. Congregational Singing can take place by those, and only those, who wear masks. There will continue to be no Sign of Peace exchanged physically. Holy Communion will remain under one kind. Altar Servers can return to their role.
COME BACK TO MASS, PLEASE! It is Jesus who invites you and you will be most welcome.
“And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need. But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead.” St Justin, Martyr – written between 153 -55
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the church but go home and self-isolate as per Government guidance.
- It is no longer necessary to book for Holy Mass.
- Worshippers are asked to sanitise their hands on entering the Church.
- Ideally, people will accept the heeding of our Bishops to wear face coverings.
- Those with mobile phones are asked to use the NHS App and register attendance using the QR Code published in both Churches, and if they do not have a mobile phone give their name and phone number for use by track and trace.
- Ideally people will observe some a degree of social distancing****** and especially as they come to Holy Communion, and as they move around The Church. Having got to their seat people are asked to leave a space between themselves/social bubble and any other individual/social bubble in the same bench where possible.
- People should fill up both Churches from the FRONT SEATS******
- Congregational Singing can be undertaken only by people wearing face coverings, or screened as a choir/cantor. We will gradually increase the number of items we sing, and will have very few hymns.
- Holy Communion is under one kind. (It will be distributed at two points, and not at the Centre to help a speedier flow of movement.)
- Your giving to the Parish Funds/Mission will be placed in the Offertory basket as you leave.
- Do not KISS any statue!
- Attend frequently!
****** In Barton the chairs, and Brigg the benches, at the back of the Church (the last couple of rows) are reserved for people who still wish to sit socially distanced as before, as is their right.
Hopefully Sunday Coffee will return soon, and normal Rota’s for Readers etc.
VERGERS: However, from henceforth the stewards, who hopefully wish to continue, with the new freedoms take on a new role and will be called “Vergers”, which is a neutral term, and avoids misnaming people as “welcomers” or “ greeters”. Everyone should welcome people to worship it is not a ministry that we can delegate others to do for ourselves. Verger is an old English word (and remember it took centuries to establish Catholics were not agents of a foreign power in Rome), and is similar in use to that of “Usher”. It is a term was used in our Cathedral for decades until they were misnamed and given a role that doesn’t exist!! (In St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York they had a separate “Guild”!) We still NEED more volunteers.
Alas the pay remains the same, but they are priceless and we remain indebted to them.