Parish Priest: Father Lijo Jose
Telephone Number: 01844 345 578
Please Note - There Will Be No Public Mass Until Thursday 29th July.
Self-isolating – Second time!:
I have received a self-isolation alert by the NHS Test and Trace and so in line with Government regulations I must self-isolate until Wednesday 28th July. The rules are very clear and I need to follow them. This means that there will be no public mass until Thursday 29th July.
I am feeling fine and have no symptoms. The Rapid Lateral Flow Test that I took at home was negative and I have had a PCR test this afternoon and am waiting for the results.
I will continue to say my daily mass and prayers, but privately. Be sure that I will remember you all very specially. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday 29th July!
A big thank you to all those who attended the meeting to plan for the Parish Party, which will be held on August 15th. There was great enthusiasm and commitment from everyone. The party will begin at 11:45 as Mass will be at 11:00 that day. We will continue to follow COVID restrictions so lunch will be a simple BBQ followed by a Tesco ice cream! Wine and soft drinks will be provided. There will be lots of fun activities for the young people as well as the usual, not to be missed, Catholic raffle and donation bowls! In order to help with the catering would you please sign the form in the Narthex or email Fr Lijo on . We do hope you will be able to join in this celebration as we mark our first gathering as St Teresa’s Community. It will be a fun and memorable occasion.
St Edward's Catholic Junior School are currently recruiting for a Teaching Assistant to work term time only with 7-11 year olds. This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference with our young people. For further information plea
Coffee and Company:
With the easing of restrictions we are now able to meet again in the Club Room each Tuesday after Mass.
Are you interested in Liturgy?
The Society of St Gregory is offering a course for people who want to learn more about Catholic Liturgy. There are six modules and the cost is £175. If you would like more information, please click on the link below. https://www.ssg.org.uk/taking-liturgy-seriously/. You can also find more information on the poster at the back of the church.
Interesting Courses via Zoom
For Ministers of the Word and Eucharistic Ministers
The Diocesan Liturgical Formation Team is organising formation courses for new and continuing Ministers of the Word and Eucharistic Ministers on the on the following dates.
Readers: Wednesdays 22, 29 September & 6 October 7:30 – 8:30pm
Wednesdays 3, 10 & 17 November 7:30 – 8:30pm
There is no charge but there will be the opportunity to make a donation. If you would like to follow one of these courses, you need to book your place in advance: Phone 01582 723312 (ext 1) or email email@example.com. You can find more information on the poster at the back of the church.
Changes in St Teresa’s from Monday 19th July
I am sure you are all aware that the Government has confirmed that nearly all remaining Covid restrictions will end on 19th July. The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has issued guidance and recommendations as to how best to proceed. They emphasise that we all must remain cautious and take great care so that everyone who comes to mass feels comfortable and safe and the risk of infection is minimised. Deacon Sean and I have discussed together how we should move forward at St Teresa’s. I would ask you to read the following information very carefully.
What stays the same?
High standard of cleaning of the church
Use of hand sanitizer
It is strongly recommended that face masks are worn
Ventilation of the building
Mass booking for the weekend masses
Stewards present for weekend masses
No Holy Water stoups
Physical Sign of Peace remain suspended
Continue to be under one kind Holy Communion will con
What will change?
Weekday masses will resume again from 19th July. Monday to Friday at 10.00 am
Booking will not be required for the weekday masses, but if possible people should sign in using the QR code on the NHS Covid app
Stewards will not be present at the weekday masses
Congregational singing is now permitted, but this must be phased in very slowly over the summer period. Face masks should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together.
Servers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion can resume their roles
The offertory collection will be taken up as usual in baskets
Please note: Because there will be no stewards at the weekday masses, please can you make sure you observe proper social distancing and find a safe place. Only families from the same household should sit together.
The church will still need to be cleaned after the weekday masses. We would be grateful if people could volunteer to do this after each mass. All help will be gratefully received but you must be doubly vaccinated and not in one of the vulnerable categories. Deacon Sean and I thank you all for your cooperation and support in the past months. Let us continue to work together to ensure everyone can worship together safely, without fear of becoming infected.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament before the weekday masses
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for 30 minutes before the 10.00am masses-Monday to Friday.