for leaving and entering the Church
Please follow the guidelines to keep everyone safe
The Scottish Bishops have been addressing the problems of safely re opening the churches. They have sent out a number of directives, which Fr Patrick and the Pastoral Council are following.
There will have to be a one way system for entering and leaving the church. Also the wearing of face masks, hand sanitising, limiting numbers allowed into the church to allow for safe distancing and a very strict cleaning regime are mandatory requirements.
We are now at the stage of trying to identify members of the congregation who would be prepared to join the rotas for cleaning the seating, door handles etc after prayers and mass.
Other churches have started to allow people in for private prayers, with a strict limit on the times that this is allowed and with volunteer cleaners working on a rota. Please remember if you have a key for the church you should NOT be popping into the church, until we have designated times and cleaning volunteers.
Numbers at masses will be strictly limited when the government restrictions are lifted, hopefully in the next phase. Live mass streaming from Our Lady and St John the Baptist will continue; the Bishops have confirmed that dispensation from attending Mass will continue meanwhile.
We will need ushers for when the Church reopens for mass to make sure that all guidelines are followed.
Please can you call Fran McKeever on 01779 474087 or email if you are under 70 and are able to join the rota of cleaners. Please indicate if you prefer daytime, evening or after Mass.
Tina Apperley-Brown on behalf of the Pastoral Council
19th June 2020