Our Bishop has convened a meeting of the Diocesan Task Force to respond to the Government’s recent announcement about the re-opening of churches for public worship. Diocesan departments are now working on a guidance document which will be sent out in due course.
The document will include marriages, baptisms, funerals as well as Masses.
We are reminded that the dispensation for not attending Sunday Mass, granted by the Bishops, is still in force, so there is no obligation to parishioners to attend a Sunday Mass.
The diocese will be advocating a ‘soft re-installation’ programme to begin with, and it could be some time before we return to normal.
The safety of his priests is of paramount importance to our Bishop, and he does not wish for them to be placed in a vulnerable position of any kind. In the mean time we will resist the desire to make public promises that we may not be able to keep.
As a general point any public act of worship that can be deferred until the Autumn should be.
Until further guidance is received from our diocese, the present opening regime for private prayer at Christ the King will apply:
Wednesdays – 10 am to 12 noon
Fridays – 5 pm to 7 pm
Sundays – 10 am to 12 noon
Very sincere thanks are due to all who have attended the Training Session to become Stewards, so that our church may be opened safely for private prayer at the stated times.
Keep safe, keep well.