Mgr Gerard’s Announcement – 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

We started to celebrate Public Masses last Sunday at the Cathedral, and so far all have gone well. As time moves on we will get use to some of the changes, but it is good to celebrate Mass again in public. From next Sunday (19th) at the CATHEDRAL ONLY, at our Sunday Mass, there will be a cantor and keyboard, but no congregational singing. The next stage is to re-open St Francis Church, and a group of volunteers are meeting this Monday afternoon to plan the Church and put the risk assessment in place. I hope to celebrate one Mass per week starting on Sunday 19th July at 10.30am.

You will need to book a place for Mass at both Churches as we are limited to 100 places at St Mary’s Cathedral and 50 places at St Francis. To do this you can telephone FRIDAY ONLY 9AM – 12 MIDDAY 01642 597750.or email your request:

All the usual procedures must be adhered to, and please remember that the obligation to come to Mass is still suspended for the Sunday, and we continue to live stream our Mass at 10am every day.

You will need to wear a face covering at Mass and due to the test and trace system we will require your name and contact details for this purpose only.

If there are any willing volunteers that can help in stewarding, that are under 70 with no underlying health issues please let me know. This is for all our Churches including St Clare’s.

Also, every Saturday after the 12 midday Mass at the CATHEDRAL there will be confessions available.

Finally, it is important to know that we are not back to normal, we are trying to work within all the guidelines to help people with their faith and spiritual well being.

We now have no Mass requests, so if you would like Mass to be said please fill in the Mass request envelopes and hand them into Monsignor Gerard.

Also, at the Cathedral you can bring your collection envelopes or cash donation for either the Cathedral or St Francis or St Clare’s, as well as collecting your new box of envelopes for the Churches.

To all our Schools, I have visited them during these past few weeks, especially the year 6 group who have their final week, I want to wish you all well, and to look forward with great hope and give thanks for all you have been given. To all the teachers and staff, a huge thank you and I hope you have a good rest and break before September.

Finally, we have some funding from the SVP to provide food parcels for families affected by the long lockdown due to Covid. If we can help by providing these for you ring: 07885599810 or 01642 597750 and we will arrange to get this to you safely. For the Feast of Fun this year as we will not be able to hold the usual activities and hot meals, we plan to supply activity packs and food parcels to help families in these challenging times. If this would help or you know of a family who would benefit through this summer, please contact: 07885599810 to register ASAP.

God Bless. Mgr Gerard, Mgr Dasey, Rev Ken