Opening times UPDATED

Good news! St Anselm’s will be opening for private prayer from Monday 15th June. Thanks to a great team of volunteers (if any others want to help let me know) this will happen seven days a week from 10am until 12 noon.

Mass will continue to be live-streamed at 9:30am. At the end of Mass the sacrament will be placed on the high altar. People will then be free to enter church to pray. Social distancing rules will apply and volunteers will direct you to a pew. Please note that toilets cannot be made available for public use during this phase of lockdown. Children are allowed to visit but must be closely supervised at all times.

If capacity is reached people will be asked to form an orderly queue outside the church and around the outer wall of the sacred heart chapel. Please bring suitable clothing should inclement weather be forecast. To avoid the need to queue people are advised to space their visits sensibly.

We look forward to seeing you. Come and spend some time with Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament.

NB: PLEASE CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA BEFORE you come to church. Should we be unable to open as anticipated, for whatever reason, this will be announced via this blog and on our Facebook page. We need a green light from the diocese and guarantee of at least two volunteers on any given day.

This article originally suggested a new time of 9am for Mass but following feedback of those who have got into a routine at 9:30am, we shall continue to offer it then.

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3 thoughts on “Opening times UPDATED

  1. Good news indeed for you and your people.

    We are in Wales and, as yet, have no idea when churches will be able to open. In a Southern Ireland area I know well, where public Masses will be available, social distancing rules will mean that the local cathedral will lose a lot of its capacity. As a result, Mass admission will be by advance booked ticket only and initially tickets will only be available to members of the cathedral parish congregations only.

      1. I don’t know about the situation in Britain but there are sacred places in Ireland where it would be possible to have sizeable open-air congregation for Mass. Our Lady’s Island in Co. Wexford is one such that I know about. It has a weather protected outside altar and is a pilgrimage centre. In Milan, during a plague lock-down in the Middle Ages, a portable altar was taken to public squares so that people confined to their homes could be enabled to be present at Mass. Pity we can’t do that here.

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