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.
Please note there are no weekday Masses the week commencing 26th October 2020, they will recommence on Monday 2nd November. Weekend Masses will continue as normal during this time. Thank you.
It is truly wonderful to see you all coming to celebrate the Eucharist of the Lord; we have reached our full capacity for both our 18:00 Vigil Mass and the 10:00 Sunday Mass for the last few weekends. However, the not so good news is that this sadly meant some people were unable to attend those Masses. As you know, we are limited on the number of parishioners that we can have at Mass. We would prefer not to turn people away and should these numbers continue as they are, we may need to revert to the booking system. Perhaps you may be able to help by considering the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass where there is still capacity. With the obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday still suspended you may wish to join one of our weekday Masses. Our Mass times can be found here.
As you know face coverings are now mandatory in Places of Worship and are required unless you are exempt from doing so or under the age of 11, so please be sure to bring a mask with you to Mass.
At the moment, Holy Communion on the tongue is not permitted and can only be received in the hand. When you approach for Communion 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 altar, 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 is guidance issued by the Bishops of England and Wales. 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.
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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If you are new to the area or are thinking of joining our parish, feel free to contact us.