The Archdiocese has issued guidance for Parishes to follow re: the Coronavirus situation, As a result of this guidance the following situation applies at St Mary's:
The shaking of hands at the sign of peace during Mass is suspended
Holy Communion under both kinds is suspended (ie Communion Hosts only)
Communicants are encouraged to receive the sacred host in the hand rather than on the tongue
Priests will sanitise their hands before Mass and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will sanitise their hands discreetly before Communion. Priests and extraordinary ministers should also wash / sanitise their hands after Mass.
Holy water stoups will be emptied until further notice.
Shared hymnbooks and Mass books will not be used until further notice.
No pastoral visits will be undertaken to people who are self-isolating until isolation ends (however phone support will be offered)
Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow advice from the staff on infection control.
In the light of the latest Government restrictions the church will be closed until further notice.
This means that the church will no longer be open for private prayer.