Our Lady, Health of the Sick, Pray for us.

Mass Times Sunday 9am & 11am at St. Teresa's and Wednesday 10am at St. Teresa's

Unfortunately, St. Johns will remain closed.

Please note that the Sunday obligation is suspended.

Entry into Church

  • Please arrive in good time. Unfortunately, the church will be closed when the maximum number that the church can hold safely has been reached. This measure is to help keep social distancing and stop the spread of the virus.

  • Please wait outside keeping a 2m distance from each other until a steward asks you to enter.

  • Please refrain from having conversations with others.

  • Face coverings must be worn.

  • Dispensers for hand sanitisers are available on the entry and exit doors and must be used.

  • Please do not wear gloves in church after you have sanitised your hands.

  • Give your name and contact phone number to the steward or use the NHS QR code

  • Mass sheets and newsletters will be handed to you by the stewards.

  • Stewards will conduct you to your pew ensuring a 2m distance is maintained between households.

  • The Blessed Sacrament chapel may be used when the main part of the church is full, stewards will explain the procedure for Holy Communion and exiting the church.

  • At pre-arranged times, the balcony may be used.

  • The Repository is closed.

 

 

One-Way system

To help keep to social-distancing, and avoid people walking towards each other:

  • Everyone will walk one-way up the nave towards the altar when entering.

  • Everyone will walk one-way down the side aisles, away from the altar when leaving, the stewards will release pew by pew starting at the back.

 

During Mass

  • Please do not have conversations with other parishioners to keep personal contact as low as possible.

  • Please make any responses during Mass in your normal voice Do not use a raised voice or chant.

  • Holy Communion will be given and received silently. The congregation will wait in their pews until invited by a steward to move forward keeping a 2m distance from each other. When you approach the Priest or Eucharistic Minister you should release one loop of your mask and stand with arms at full stretch with your palms upwards one on top of the other over the table ensuring a good distance between yourself and the Priest or Minister. After receiving Holy Communion re-attach your mask and return to your pew by the side aisle.

  • In order to comply with social distancing all the people in the pew should proceed, if you don’t want to or can’t receive Holy Communion please cross your hands over your chest and you will receive a blessing.

  • The choir might be at Mass but to comply with the regulations the congregation must not join in singing.

  • There will not be a collection during Mass but please give your donation as you leave the church in the baskets provided. Please, for hygiene reasons (handling cash) switch to donation by standing order. Standing order forms are available please ask the steward for one.

Exiting the church after Mass or service

  • Please remain sitting in your pew until a steward directs you to leave which will be by the side aisles.

  • Mass sheets & newsletters must be taken home DO NOT leave them in the church as they could risk spreading the virus.

  • Please use hand sanitiser when leaving.

  • Please do not congregate in the lobby or outside the church but disperse quickly.

 

Votive Candles

  • These will not be available at this time.

Newspapers & Leaflets

  • These will not be available for the time being, to avoid multiple people touching the same papers.

 

Toilets

  • The toilets will remain closed however in an emergency please speak to a steward who will show you to the disabled toilet.

 

Updated 28/01/2021

CONTACT US

Parish Priest

Father Andrew Forys

01206 576898

Lexden@dioceseofbrentwood.org

Parish Secretary

Elaine Moclair

07952 597059 

after 4PM please

lexden@dioceseofbrentwood.org