St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

St. Edmund Campion, Maidenhead

Guidelines for Returning to the Church for Prayers and Public Worship

 

General Guidelines

The suspension of Sunday Mass obligation is still in place, and so our online zoom Masses will continue to serve that purpose until further notice.

Out of concern for one another, those in the 'shielding group', or at especially high risk of infection should be advised to follow government shielding guidelines and stay at home and return to the church only when it is appropriate.

In stating that, it remains a person's own choice to come to church to pray.

 

Returning for Private Prayers and Mass

Mass (+ Zoom online) will be celebrated each day Monday to Sunday . The church will be open for 30 minutes before, and after, each Mass for private prayer.

Opening times and Masses

  Church Open Mass Online
Sunday 8:30am - 12:30pm 9am & 11am Yes
5pm - 7:15pm 6pm No
Monday 9:30am - 11am 10am Yes
Tuesday 9:30am - 11am 10am No
Wednesday 9:30am - 11am 10am No
Thursday 9:30am - 11am 10am Yes
Friday 9:30am - 11am 10am No
Saturday 9:30am - 12noon 10am No
5pm - 7:15pm 6pm Yes

 

For Masses in the Church

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 11am – 12pm & 5pm – 5.45pm, or any other time that is arranged privately with the priest.

 

Request for Volunteer Stewards

We will depend greatly on the stewards for ordered movements in the church and for sanitising the church after each service. Please enlist if you are not within the vulnerable or shielding category. (lcummins@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk)

 

Financial Collection

It is greatly appreciated that many of you transferred your 'church offering' from cash to direct debit and standing order over the last number of months. Our parish has had its financial income greatly reduced and this has impacted on our church activities, donations to various charities and parish maintenance. From September 1st, there will be an Offertory Collection Box at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation. We hope in the very near future to install a Contactless Machine where you can 'tap' a donation.

NB: It would be really helpful for the parish if the vast majority of our Weekly Collection could be done via Direct Debit / Standing Order. At present, we are a vastly cash—giving parish, and with the dramatic decrease in donations, it is very hard to plan and donate to those most vulnerable and in need, as well as care for our parish community.

I ask that you reflect and, if possible, switch your donation from cash to bank. This would be invaluable and would give the Parish Council and Finance Committee more solidity in planning for the months/years ahead.

 

Finally, while we will continue to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

I thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these strange times as we move into the 'new normal'. These guidelines will be updated as appropriate until such time as we are back to full opening, which will include access and use of the Parish Centre and its activities.

 

St. Edmund Campion, pray for us.

 

Yours in Christ,

Father Liam

 

These guidelines were updated on 31st August 2020.

 

You can download a PDF version of these guidelines here