GUIDANCE FOR MASS
COVID restrictions: As you will know, many of the restrictions stipulated by the government have come to an end. Certain businesses and transport organisations will be recommending the continuation of some practices until the present Omicron surge has ceased. The Bishops Conference have been deliberating about the way forward, and how we are to walk together to some normality. The bishop’s guidance acknowledges both that the virus is changing from the pandemic phase to the endemic phase, and so there are still risks with gatherings in enclosed spaces for sustained periods. However, this needs to be balanced against the need to move forward safely towards a normal lifestyle and a gradual return to normal worship whilst being sensitive and inclusive of those who are more vulnerable. Also, the 9.15am Mass at St Jude’s and 10.30am and 12 noon masses at St Dunstan’s on Sunday are getting quite busy, so we need to be more flexible with seating capacity.
Entry into Mass will remain through the one entrance, but after the 10.30am and 12 noon Masses at St Dunstan’s, exit will be via both doors. At St Jude’s, exit will be through the main doors instead of the side door. There are also all the chairs along the wall at St Dunstan’s which are 2 metre distanced.
Both churches will have two ‘zones.’ The left-hand side as you come into church will be socially distanced, marked up as they have been previously. The right-hand side as you come into church will not be marked up and people will choose their own seats.
Use of hand sanitiser will be encouraged as we come into church, as are the use of face coverings.
General Prayer for Health
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Prayer for those in Authority
Loving God, in Christ Jesus, the servant of all, you call us to the service of others.
Grant to those who govern the community the skill to recognise its urgent needs
and the strength to pursue the common good. Endow us all with patience and courage.
Prayer for Health Staff
Wondrous God, author of life, you fashioned us in your likeness and breathed into us
the life which is your own.
Be with those whose special care
is the health of mind and body.
Fill their hearts with awe
for the life which is your gift
and sustain them daily in your service, that their hands may bring to others the comfort of your healing touch. Through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for those Affected
come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril
and strengthen the bonds of our community. Bring healing to all who suffer
the ravages of disease
and assist those whose skill and art
can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.