Confessions are available on Saturday mornings at 11:30am at St Columba’s Church. Further Penitential Masses and Confessions will be available at all 3 churches as announced.
*Saturday and Tuesday Masses from St Columba’s will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel click the button below to watch.
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.
It is no longer necessary to book a place for Mass
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.
- Please be aware that face coverings are recommended for use in Church.
- Please ensure you use the hand-sanitiser stations on entering and when leaving the church.
- Please maintain social distancing while inside the church and follow the advice given by your steward on arrival.
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)