Mass Times

Confessions are available on Saturday mornings at 11:30am at St Columba’s Church. Further Penitential Masses and Confessions will be available at all three churches as announced.

On 17th October we began the ‘Year of the Eucharist‘ in our Diocese which has the following aims:

  • Revitalise and renew our faith through a deepening prayer and devotion of the Eucharist.
  • Grow as a Diocese in our love and appreciation of the Eucharist.
  • Deepen our appreciation of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist through the rites.
  • Celebrate Eucharist as being at the heart of the life and mission of the Church, gathering people back.
  • Go out to love and serve the world nourished by the Eucharist.

With this in mind, throughout the following year we will have the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament within our Wallsend Family of Churches. The times of Exposition and Adoration will be for 30mins before the Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday Masses in all three churches with an additional session every Saturday morning at St Columba’s from 11.00am during the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confessions.

*Saturday and Tuesday Masses from St Columba’s will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel click the button below to watch.

Mass intentions

If you would like a Mass to be celebrated in any of the Wallsend RC Churches for an anniversary of a death or any other intention, then please write down your intention and state the date and the church where you would like the Mass to be celebrated.

Place your intention and offering in an envelope and give it to the parish priest. Please note if the date is already taken then we will ensure your Mass is celebrated as close to the requested date as possible.

The previous guidance has now been reviewed by the CBEW, given the local prevailing conditions in the North East please note some additional controls recommended alongside those published. The Diocesan position is outlined below:

To protect you and the rest of our church community please read the information provided below before you come along:

  • Please DO NOT attend if you or any member of your household have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has.
  • Face coverings: although no longer mandatory for use in places of worship all those attending church are encouraged to wear a mask.
  • Please ensure you use the hand-sanitiser stations on entering and when leaving the church as it is still good practice to sanitise hands. 
  • All churches are to be kept well ventilated. 
  • Please continue to follow the one way system and ensure you maintain social distancing while inside the church, follow the advice given by your stewards on arrival. 
  • Seating markings will remain in place for the time being and stewards will be on hand to manage seating and organise the flow of people to and from Communion. Please remain in your seats at the end of Mass until your steward indicate your turn to leave. 
  • Holy Communion will continue to be given under one kind only and the priest will continue to wear a face covering during distribution.  Holy Water Stoups can now be filled. 
  • Congregational singing can take place with appropriate masks.  (This will be addressed at St Columba’s and St Bernadette’s in due course). 
  • Sign of Peace may now be offered if appropriate. 
  • Church halls can now re-open and any hospitality or groups can re-commence as long as the area is sufficiently ventilated.

We would like to reassure you that we have done everything that we can to ensure your safety within our churches. To protect yourself and the rest of our church community please read the information provided on our website before you come along.

Thank you.

Home Visits

Home visits can now take place by priests, deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and other volunteers. The minister visiting the sick at home or in a care setting does present a risk to the person being visited. The guidance set out below needs to be followed. It is essential the visits to residential and nursing homes, hospitals and hospices are only carried out at the discretion of the home, ward, or department manager, complying with their COVID rules and regulations.  Even if permitted, it is essential that a minister carries out no more than two spaced out visits per day to different places, observing rules around PPE, social distancing, no physical contact or shaking of hands etc.

It is recommended that only two spaced out visits are made in a day to minimise the risk of infection when visiting people’s homes.

The use of regular freely available covid-19 home test kits is recommended for those doing pastoral visits, to ensure they are not potential vectors of infection to those who are sick and medically vulnerable. These can be obtained through

www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site and at local chemists.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist should ensure they test themselves regularly as required and have those test results saved on their phone and readily available should they need to be seen.

Summary of guidance from the Bishops’ Conference and Bishop Robert

This is an up-to-date summary of how we will put the guidance into practice here in Wallsend as a result of a recent risk assessment and decisions made by the parish priest regarding the gradual lifting of COVID 19 restrictions.

Hand sanitiser – on entering and leaving church.

Face coverings – all those attending church are recommended to wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so.

Social Distancing and Capacity of Churches – reduced church capacities based on a minimum of 1M spacing between households should continue until further notice.

Cleaning – to follow the CBCEW Guidance which states, “General cleaning to a good standard, using commonly available cleaning fluids and detergents, with attention to frequent touchpoints is the standard to continue.

Maintaining a good general standard of routine cleaning using usual cleaning detergents is sufficient for regular use

   a) Cleaning high frequency touch points in buildings after each act of worship.

   b) Continuation of the usual church cleaning.”

Congregational Singing – to follow the CBCEW Guidance. The use of cantor groups and other choirs (if parishes have them) is now permitted. It is recommended that singers should wear face coverings. 

Test, Track and Trace – NHS Test, Track and Trace system is no longer in operation and as such the use of QR codes is no longer necessary. Mass booking systems are no longer necessary unless we see an increase in attendance and infections rates rise. This will be monitored on a weekly basis.

One-way systems and movement of people – Until further notice we will continue with our one-way system which does facilitate a higher attendance at Mass while keeping a safe distance apart. This system works very well in our churches and keeps us safe.

Celebration of Mass

  • No holy water stoups (To continue)       
  • Servers can be deployed (Keeping it very simple)
  • Offertory collection can be resumed (Stewards)                          
  • Offertory Procession can be resumed (Stewards)
  • Sign of Peace remains suspended (Until further notice) Holy Communion under 1 kind (To continue)
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