Letter from Bishop Declan
Guidance on the Wearing of Face Coverings
Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet. Priests in the sanctuary providing they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion (please see below). Other ministers in the sanctuary should wear face coverings and remain socially distant from the celebrant.
During the Mass
Servers must wear face coverings whilst in the Sanctuary. Deacons should wear face coverings apart from the proclamation of the Gospel when he should remove the face covering at the lectern and replace is before moving away from it (providing the lectern is sufficiently distant from the congregation).
Readers may remove their face coverings at the lectern to read and should replace them before stepping away from it providing the lectern is sufficiently distant from the congregation.
The Communion Rite
The priest, and those who are distributing Holy Communion should wear face coverings when doing so.
Once the priest has received Holy Communion, he should put on his face covering and cleanse his hands with alcohol sanitiser before opening the pre-prepared ciborium for the Communion of the people. If there is a deacon assisting, or any other Minister of Holy Communion, they should similarly cleanse their hands and then receive communion from the priest from the people’s ciborium, and under one kind only. They should then put on their face coverings and cleanse their hands again before receiving their ciborium from which they remove the covering or pall if it is still in place.
Communion must be given silently in the hand only, with the communicant standing, and avoiding any physical contact. People should wait in their pews until instructed to move forward for Holy Communion by the stewards, always aware of the regulations on social distancing. When they approach the priest, deacon or minister of Holy Communion they should do so with arms at “full stretch” so that there is a good distance between the priest and the communicant. Their hands, palms upwards, one of top of the other, should be extended as flatly as possible. The communicant should unloop their face covering and consume the Sacred Host and then replace the face covering before moving back to their pews in an orderly manner. Having received Holy Communion, communicants should move back to their pews or chairs.
Once Communion is complete, the priest returns to the altar and places the unused Hosts, without touching them, into the Tabernacle he then can remove his face covering before he cleanses the sacred vessels himself in the usual way.
After the Celebration of Mass
If the clergy wish to greet the people, they should remove their vestments put on a face covering (if in church) and not engage in any physical contact with parishioners.
Rt Rev Declan Lang
Bishop of Clifton
5th August 2020
Many parishioners have asked how they can continue to support the parish financially in the absence of the weekly offering. Some are even putting cash through presbytery letter boxes.
There are several options available.
Standing Orders, Bank Payments & Cheques
Use the Paypal Link on the website to make a donation via the PayPal secure payment gateway system. You don't need a PayPal account to use this service, and it gives you the opportunity to easily and securely donate to the parish using your debit or credit card.
Set-up a Standing Order to the parish (both Gift Aid and non-Gift Aid forms are available fromGraeme.Bell@Cliftondiocese.com).
For those who use internet banking, non-Gift Aid Standing Orders can be setup online without the need for a paper form, to obtain our bank account details, please contact Jo Bentley on email@example.com.
If preferred, parishioners can make an electronic payment directly to the parish bank account, or send a cheque to the Presbytery.
If you normally donate using a Gift Aid envelope, no matter which of the above methods you use , please quote your name and GA Envelope Number and we should still be able to reclaim the tax paid on the donation. It is possible to link any donation to a parishioner who has an existing Gift Aid Declaration in this way.
The same methods of payment can also be used for the Easter Offering, but please identify your donation by using the word 'EASTER' in the reference box.
The Sisterhood of St Elizabeth from Bielo, Russia
The Sisterhood will be visiting St Luke's after Mass on Tuesday 11th August to sell their products. The money raised from these sales support and army of men, women and children in need.
Please support their cause if you are able to.