Father David writes -
While The Suspension of Public Masses is in Force:
At present the situation changes on virtually a daily basis so these arrangements might and probably will change. The Bishops of England and Wales have now mandated that Churches should remain closed until further notice. I will put up a separate notice about Holy Week and Easter when I know what if anything will be celebrated at that time.
I will celebrate a private Mass daily in St Gregory's Church. In the bidding prayers I will pray for the parish and your intentions.
All Masses for which intentions have been received will be celebrated on the dates as close to those originally agreed as possible, but I will not be able to guarantee the date. All Masses will however be celebrated.
Baptisms and Weddings
The Government has now made clear that these cannot take place until further notice and will therefore unfortunately need to be postponed.
These will be arranged on an individual basis.
Anointing of the Sick
If you know you are going into hospital, please ensure that you are anointed before you go in, as visits to hospitals have been severely restricted.
All parish meetings, including bingo, are suspended until further notice.
Social Distancing and Hygiene
When visiting anyone, or anywhere, do observe the social distancing and hygiene recommendations issued by the government. Where possible use online meetings (e.g. zoom) to stay in touch with each other. Some parish prayers and meetings are taking place using zoom, for example Oremus and Stations of the Cross.
Financial Situation of the Parish
As you can imagine the parish is going to experience a real and sustained drop in income so if you can please fill in a standing order form. Any envelopes can be put through the presbytery door.
Maintaining our Parish Prayer Life
Daily prayers, reading and homilies are available on www.stgregorys.org.uk web site.