RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASS We are all looking forward to coming back to Mass. In view of the fluidity of the COVID situation and recognizing that our parish has within it a number of very vulnerable people, who are in the shielding group until August, including Fr Michael, it has been decided, after consultation with our Bishop to move forward slowly and with caution. As our Church could only safely hold less than 18 people for an immediate resumption of Mass, we are looking to larger outdoor Sunday celebrations, at which 50 could be present. This will better serve the whole community and keep everyone safer. Preparations for this are taking place. A big thank you to all who have marked out the grounds and placed chairs in the garden to check capacity and sanitised and stored all of them afterwards for use! We have this week submitted our well-considered risk assessment to the diocese. We are also looking at the logistics of live streaming the Mass from the Church into the hall. We will obviously need to restrict numbers and introduce a booking system for Mass attendance to maintain the necessary safe distancing (see below). We plan to hold our first celebration at 10.30am on Sunday 26th July unless there is a regional spike in the virus. If the slots are quickly filled, we will post other masses immediately for the benefit of others. Meanwhile, the Church will be open for private prayer at the advertised times. Our Bishops have restated that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended, so no one should feel under any pressure to attend Mass elsewhere, however, they are free to do so, being mindful of the needs of others within their respective parishes, and not wishing to overburden any parish at this difficult time. We are all looking forward to coming together for the celebration of the Eucharist once again, ensuring that this is done in a way that keeps all of us safe.