Welcome to St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic Church, a small and welcoming parish in the village of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, part of the Diocese of Brentwood.
As you know St Theresa’s is now open and we can celebrate Mass together once more.
Following the government announcement on Friday 31st July, please note the following changes issued by the Bishops of England and Wales:
Face Coverings from Saturday 8th August: Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so or under the age of 11. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet. Therefore from this weekend people who are not exempt must wear a face covering when attending Mass at St. Theresa’s Church.
Holy Communion: Communion on the tongue is presently not permitted and can only be received in the hand. Parishioners are asked to wait in their pews until instructed to move forward for Holy Communion by the Stewards, always being aware of the regulations on social distancing in the orderly queue. When you approach Fr Lee/Deacon Des, please do so with arms at “full stretch” to maintain good distance. one on top of the other forming a ‘throne’. Once received, cover the host with the free hand to ensure it is not dropped, and then move to the right, away from the Fr Lee/Deacon Des. Pause and unloop your face mask, consume the blessed sacrament and then re-apply your mask and leave the church. Under no circumstances should the host be consumed after leaving the church.
Maintaining Social Distancing before and after Mass: Worshippers should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending church with, i.e. if they are attending corporate worship with one other household, wherever possible they should maintain social distancing with anyone outside of this group.
Please do not congregate outside the church, this also includes the grounds and the car park.
If you know of people in our Parish that may not have access to the internet, please make them aware of these changes.
We have now removed our booking system, however, distancing rules of 2 metres still apply and we can offer Mass for up to 40 people. Spaces will be allocated by the Stewards upon arrival, until the church is full. Please respect the Stewards’ seat allocation.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. Plans for the reinstatement of Mass are ever-changing, so please continue to check this website, Facebook page and the Newsletter for updates and information.
We are continuing to livestream Masses via our YouTube page which can be accessed via this site.
Let us pray for each other, May Almighty God bless you and keep you safe.
Fr Lee & Deacon Des
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