Dear Parishioners,

Please check this page and I will keep you updated on the situation as it develops.

If you are unable to leave your home for any reason please phone me and leave a message if I am not here. You may also contact me by email. There are a number of parishioners who are willing to go shopping, collect your medication or run other errands for you. I would like to thank you all for your concern for those who are vulnerable. Keep well and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I will need volunteers to help sanitise the church after every mass. Please see me if you can help. Only three volunteers are need for every mass.

My private email address is: patrickryan@rcaos.org.uk

Fr Patrick Ryan

21st February 2021, 1st Sunday of Lent

(TIER 4 Update)

The Church will be open for mass. Four families (bubbles) will be allowed into the church at each mass. Please see below for the day and time of the mass. You will need to let me know early if you wish to be at a mass. Please do not come to church unless you have collected a token from the Parish Office. Please come at least 15 minutes before mass starts as the door of the church will be closed, when the mass starts. You will need to sanitise your hands and write your name and contact number before you enter the church. You will need to wear a mask unless you are exempt. Once in the church, take your seat and please do not move around. The toilets will not be open. Before you leave the church please take all your belongings with you. Please bin all tissues. Do not leave it on your seat or on the floor of the church. Help protect the health of those who clean the church.
Do let me know if you wish to come to the church for prayer at any time.

Mass Times
Sunday – Mass at 10.00am
Mondays – No public mass
Tuesday – Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday – Mass at 10.00am
Thursday – Mass at 10.00am
Friday – Mass at 8.00pm
Saturday – Mass at 12.00noon
All masses will also be LIVE streamed. (click here to watch it via Holy Family Facebook Page)

WHEN THE DOORS OF THE CHURCH ARE OPENED THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS WILL APPLY FOR ALL WHO WISH TO ATTEND MASS AT HOLY FAMILY

  • Entrance and exit doors will be held open at the beginning and end of Mass to prevent people from touching door handles, knobs, or push plates.
  • Church windows will be left open to improve air circulation.
  • Please always follow the directions of the ushers.
  • Maintain the 2 meters of safe distancing.
  • Only remove face masks when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Restrooms will be inaccessible/closed during Mass.
  • The Chapel will be cleaned, and all high touch areas disinfected at the end of every day.
  • Additionally, those who attend Mass in will be provided sanitizing hand wash.
  • The seating capacity due to social distancing for the Masses at Holy Family will be limited to 2 families at a Mass.
  • Collect a token from the Parish Office on Thursday morning between 11.00am and 1.00pm. If you wish to collect a token at any other time please phone a leave a message.

DURING MASS

  • Please remain seated.
  • For Holy Communion, the faithful will remain in their places.
  • The priest will sanitize his hands prior to distributing Holy Communion.
  • The Priest will instruct you when to approach the sanctuary for Communion.
  • You will approach the priest one at a time to receive communion.
  • The priest, wearing face mask, will approach you and stop approximately at arm’s length.
  • You will need to remove your face mask in preparation to receive the Body of Christ.
  • The priest will say: Body of Christ, and you will respond: Amen.
  • Extend your hand to receive the Host on your hand
  • Then step aside place the Body of Christ carefully and reverently into your mouth.
  • Replace your mask over your nose and mouth and return to your seat.
  • A collection drop-off basket will be placed on the altar at the back of the church if you wish to drop off your offertory contribution.

MASS AND INTENTIONS OF THIS WEEK
Please check here for this week mass and intentions.

LET US REMEMBER ALL WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY
Let us remember those who have died and their families with love and affection during this time of grief.
Please remember Owen Corcoran, May he rest in peace
May the Lord grant eternal rest to all who have died.

GIFT AID, OFFERTORY COLLECTION, SECOND COLLECTIONS
If you would like to become Gift Aid Donors you can find more details here.
You will also find “Standing Order” instructions if you wish to contribute to Holy Family Parish in that way.

URGENT REPAIRS
More work needs to be done on the roof of the hall where there is serious damp on the ceiling of the Margaret Nolan room and the ceiling of the Boiler room is damaged. The roof of the priest’s house also needs to be looked at. Looking ahead the Church needs to be completely redecorated, the electrical wiring completely overhauled/replaced, together with the Sound System and Safety features updated. Some fellow Parishioners have asked, “Why now?”. Well the answer is, we have been very lucky as a Parish, with virtually no major maintenance expenditure, for over thirty years of the Church’s life, but sadly, like all buildings, that has now got to be addressed.

BAPTISMS AND MARRIAGES
Please pray for all the children who were baptised during the year that their relationship with Jesus grows stronger day by day. And pray for parents that they may be true to their promise to bring up their children in the practice of the Faith. For any future – please contact me in good time (do not set a date until you have seen the priest).

  • For Baptism of infants let me know as soon as you know you are going to have a baby.
  • For Marriages – A minimum of 6 (six) months’ notice is required for the Pre-nuptial enquiry and preparation to take place.
  • If your child was baptised in this parish and you have not received a certificate, misplaced or lost it, you can still obtain a Please feel free to come and collect a replacement certificate. JPR

SICK AND HOUSEBOUND OF THE PARISH
In charity, let us remember to pray and care for all in the parish who are unwell:
Mervyn Maciel, Suzie Beckles, Maureen Price, Eileen Rendle, Aida Sidbal, Margaret Sully, Sheila Albutt

ST GEORGE’S HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN
If you or a family member are admitted to St George’s Hospital and would like to see a priest, please contact Fr Mark Higgins, the hospital chaplain on 020 8725 3069 or e-mail mark.higgins@stgeorges.nhs.uk. In an emergency, please ask the ward staff or 020 8672 1255 (switchboard) to contact the priest on call.

HEARING AID INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEM
Please put their hearing aids on the ‘T’ setting when in church to get the clearest reception of services.         

Kind regards, Pat McGuinness

SAFEGUARDING
Thank you to the Safeguarding team, Members of the various groups in the parish will soon be instructed on what they will need to do with regards to DBS check.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION UPDATE
If you have any questions about what constitutes personal data or anything else which relates to GDPR please contact The Diocesan Finance Office via email: GPDR@finance-rcdsouthwark.org or call 020 7960 2500