From next Sunday (12th July) we will take our first tentative steps toward celebrating Mass publicly again, this will be a “soft-reintroduction,” taking small steps at a time, not a “back to normal” approach. Because of the ongoing nature of the pandemic the bishops have reaffirmed that we are still not obliged to attend Sunday Mass during this period, so although many will want to, others should not feel pressured to do so until the time is right.
The guidance from the government and our bishops is very stringent, there are sanitising precautions in place when entering the church. A rearrangement and reduction in the number of chairs in order to achieve adequate social distancing. Careful care in the cleaning of the church both before and after Mass. Changes in the way that we celebrate Mass in order to minimise the amount of movement, and the need to give our name and a contact telephone number in case our details are required for “Track and Trace” purposes.
Many parishes across the Diocese are not able to put sufficient safety procedures in place yet and so won’t be celebrating Mass publicly for the time being.
However, across our own cluster of parishes I think we have sufficient resources to prepare and adequately steward a small number of Masses in a couple of our churches. As an initial step, we will celebrate four rather than our regular twelve Sunday Masses, in four rather than all of our eight churches all at the same, rather than a variety of times. See below for the precise details.
As general principles I would like to suggest the following for you to consider:
Those who are over seventy years of age or are “shielding” because of their general health should think carefully about the appropriateness of attending Mass.
Perhaps you could think about coming to a weekday rather than Sunday Mass which may be quieter.
Join us for our Sunday Mass online which will continue to be available each Sunday morning.
Consider visiting one of our churches for private prayer rather than attending Mass.
It is still very unclear how things will develop week by week so we will need to keep open minds and review our arrangements as things progress.
Thank you for your understanding.
Mass Times from Sunday 12th July
St Augustine’s (Heelands)
St Edward’s (Shenley Church End)
St Mary’s Woburn Sands
Our Lady of Lourdes (St Paul’s School, Leadenhall)
(Confessions will be available from 10am on each occasion)
Time for Personal Prayer
St Bede’s (Newport Pagnell)
Christ the King (Kents Hill)
will be open each Sunday between 9.30am and 11.30am
Christ the Cornerstone (Central Milton Keynes)
Monday-Friday 10am – 12 noon
There will be no services at Cranfield University
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In an effort to help with Spiritual Communion and for us to stay connected and participate in Holy Mass, the Cluster Clergy have been saying mass in private and also live for us. We will try to upload mass as soon as it becomes available each week. Don’t forget to check your email for the e-Newsletter on Fridays for a direct link to the Cluster’s YouTube Channel.
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[Last Updated 02.06.2020]
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Fr Brendan Seery
Fr Pious Amoako
Fr Stanley Orazulike
Rev Klaus Reidel
Rev John Walls
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