Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.

 

Please Note:- New government regulations mean that from 8th August wearing of a face covering/mask will be compulsory in church.

Re-Starting Public Masses Coronavirus: Parish Plan to be effective from July 5th

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

Unfortunately, St. Johns will remain closed.

Please note that the Sunday obligation is suspended.

Can you help?

We urgently need people to help with church cleaning on Monday mornings. You must be under 70 years old, not in one of the Covid-19 high risk groups, or be in a household where other people are shielding. We would also welcome more people interested in helping as stewards/welcomers and invested Eucharistic Ministers - again with the same age/shielding criteria.  

Entry into Church

Please arrive in good time. You will not be able to enter if the maximum number that the church can hold safely (48) has been reached. This measure is to help keep social distancing and stop the spread of possible infection.

Dispensers for hand sanitisers are installed by the main entrance doors and must be used.

Mass sheets & newsletter will be handed to you by welcomers who will have sanitised their hands.

Follow the guidance of the stewards and follow the one-way system, ensuring that you keep to 2m social distancing.

The Blessed Sacrament chapel, quiet room and balcony are closed

Sit in the spaces marked in the pews (3 people to a pew) which will ensure 2m spacing, However, members of the same household (e.g. spouses, children) can sit together.

 

One-Way system

To make social-distancing easy, and avoid people walking towards each other:

Everyone will walk one-way up the nave and left hand aisle, towards the altar when entering.

Everyone will walk one-way down the side aisles, away from the altar when leaving.

Stewards will direct, row by row, starting at the back pews using the aisles (not the nave) to leave by the rear exit doors.

 

During Mass

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

Holy Communion will be given and received silently and will be Host only. People should wait in their pews until instructed to move forward, always aware of the regulations on social distancing in the orderly queue. When they approach the Eucharistic Minister, they should do so standing with arms at “full stretch” so that there is a good distance between the minister and the communicant. Their hands, palms upwards, one of top of the other, should be extended as flatly as possible. Having received Holy Communion, communicants should move back to their pews in an orderly manner.

To receive Holy Communion, you will move up the nave and back down the aisles, all people in the pews must proceed even if they are not receiving Holy Communion this is to keep the social distance, if you don’t or can’t receive Holy Communion please cross your hands over your chest.

There will be no offertory collection during the Mass but baskets will be available when you leave the church.

Hymns will not be sung for the foreseeable future, as singing seems to project more droplets of air from lungs.

 

After Mass

Exit the pews when directed by the stewards following their instructions, please be patient as this will be a slower process than normal.

Exiting the church

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

The money collection will be as you leave Mass (not at the normal offertory time), with people putting the donations into the baskets.

For hygiene reasons, we would strongly encourage everyone to switch to regular standing orders from the bank (instead of handing money).

Stewards will hand out standing order and gift aid forms on the way out. This is to minimise the counters having to handle the offertory collection.

Please use the hand sanitisers when leaving the church. Please do not congregate chatting 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

To minimise surfaces being touched (and thus needing cleaning) only the disabled-access toilet will be available (doors to the gent’s toilet will be shut and marked ‘out of service’). People will be directed (by signs) to wipes which must be used to wipe surfaces both before and after using the toilet.

Updated 02/08/20

CONTACT US

Parish Priest

Father Andrew Forys

01206 576898

Lexden@dioceseofbrentwood.org

Parish Secretary

Elaine Moclair

07952 597059 

after 4PM please

stteresaslexden@hotmail.co.uk