How to Book a Place at Mass at St. Edward’s

Altar at St. Edward's Church, Kettering

Booking Arrangements for Mass

Tuesday 10am and 7pm.   Friday 7pm.   Saturday 6.30pm.   Sunday 8.30am. & 10.30am

The obligation to attend Sunday Masses continues to be suspended. Do not worry if you currently prefer not to attend Mass in church at all during these strange times as permission is still granted for Spiritual Communion via live streaming, details of which can be found at the Catholic Bishop’s Conference website:  This directory aims to provide links to Live Catholic Masses online.  Alternatively for Masses across UK and Ireland, visit or


As the country is gradually easing restrictions, St. Edward’s is going to trial not needing to book for Tuesday Masses.  Additionally we are adding an extra Mass on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. for people at work during the day who cannot attend the 10am. Mass. We would like to increase the number of weekday masses available but have unfortunately been unable to find the required number of Stewards.

Whilst social distancing is in place there is still a need to book for the weekend Masses as, for your safety, we try to maximise the seating capacity at these increasingly full Masses (all are full this weekend).  If you can go to weekday Masses instead, that would help to ease the pressure on weekend masses and ensure that more parishioners get the opportunity to attend. This is suggested by the Catholic Bishops.

The weekly schedule will be as follows from Tuesday May 25th.

Walk-In Masses

  • Tuesday 10am – walk in
  • Tuesday 7pm – walk in

Booked Masses

  • Friday 7pm – please book
  • Saturday 6.30pm – please book
  • Sunday 8.30am – please book
  • Sunday 10.30am – please book

Stewards will continue to show you to your seats to ensure adequate distancing and clean your place afterwards.  On Tuesdays we will still need to collect your contact details for NHS Track & Trace purposes. If parishioners do not have the Track & Trace App we would appreciate it if they could fill in one of our contact slips per household. It would help us speed entry to the church if you could bring your contact slip to the church already completed.

From May 17th. blank slips will be handed out on entry to the church at Tuesday masses for use in the following week. Slips can also be obtained at other masses on request.

It is by no means a certainty that, come final easing on June 21st, all will be restored to normal, but you will be kept informed here of decisions taken for your continued safety.


For Friday to Sunday Masses, call the dedicated phone number – 0739 6606 881 Monday or Wednesday 9.30am-12 noon or Thursday evening 6-8pm only (not on bank holidays).

Please do not call outside of these times and don’t call the presbytery in order to book your Mass. Please do not text your booking requirements as these cannot be confirmed.  Text facility can only be used to notify CANCELLATION of your booking.  Please do this, at the earliest opportunity, if you no longer require your booking so we can offer the space to other parishioners. 

Only one Mass can now be booked in any one weekend and bookings can be taken to cover two weeks only. If the Mass is full you will be offered the next available Mass.

To reserve your seat, you will be asked for your name, phone number and the number of people in your household for whom you are booking. These details will be held for 21 days for Track and Trace purposes.

Please give your booking as quickly as possible, to free up the busy booking line!


When You Go To Your Mass

Please Observe the Following Procedure

You will find that Mass is shorter and very different to what you have been used to. These notes may help you to know what to expect and are derived from those issued by the Bishop’s Conference, working with relevant government departments.

Side entrance at St. Edward's churchPlease arrive for private prayer no earlier than 20 minutes before Mass starts as trained stewards will be preparing the church for you.

Please bring your own mask as it is now mandatory that you wear one. Masks help stop the spread of viruses in close proximity environments.

A church’s communal nature can make them places that are particularly vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19. Children under 11 and those with disability or impairment are exempt.

1. Please do not attend church if you are at all unwell (temperature, new continuous cough, change to your sense of smell or taste, headache, sickness, diarrhoea)

2. Queue outside as indicated on the church forecourt, keeping two metres apart – you may need an umbrella!

3. Trained stewards wearing PPE will call you in, one booking at a time. Please follow all their instructions for everyone’s safety. There will be a collection plate at the entrance, should you wish to deposit your offering, as we cannot pass the collection plate between parishioners in the normal way. Alternatively you can donate online with Gift Aid facility. This can be done via the Diocesan website which can be found at . Scroll down to find the ‘Donate’ button and follow the instructions on the Catholic Diocese of Northampton Virgin money giving page. By indicating in the notes section of the donate page that the donation is for “St. Edward’s Kettering” your donation will go into our parish account with the diocese, you can see other ways to donate further down at the end of this newsletter. After entering church, stewards will then ensure you sanitise your hands with hospital grade gel which quickly dries. You may take a Mass sheet if available but please take it home. There will be no Holy Water stoups.

Side aisle of St. Edward's church4. The steward will then show you to your booked seat. The church has been clearly marked out with a one-way route and some seats are blocked off. The balcony is closed. Children can only be admitted if they will stay in their seat and understand that they cannot touch things. Please consider this carefully in relation to your child. Seats will be filled from the front backwards with the longer pews reserved for families. The side seats are for individuals only.

5. Please read and abide by the guidelines card placed on your reserved seat. Please do not use the kneelers and refrain from shaking hands.

6. There can be no singing (due to increased risks of expelling viral droplets into the air) and Mass will be shorter than usual. The instructions received state that the homily should be brief and the offertory procession will be omitted. After the prayer ‘Behold the Lamb of God’.., the priest will elevate the Sacrament and proclaim ‘The Body/Blood of Christ’ to the congregation who will reply ‘Amen’. There will be no individual dialogue between the priest and communicant at the point of reception. The priest will have sanitised his hands and will wear a mask but will not speak.


View down centre of St. Edward's church7. Stewards will indicate when you can go up to take communion, starting with the front pews, and queuing 2m. apart using the floor guides (see photo). Please leave the guidelines card on your seat with the red cross uppermost to indicate that the seat needs cleaning before the next user. Take your belongings with you to communion and receive in the hand only. In accordance with government conditions for re-opening and to minimise the risks of spreading coronavirus, the Bishops have stated that there is to be no reception on the tongue and no shared chalice.

8. After consuming the Blessed Sacrament and to avoid contact with the next communicant, you will then need to leave church via the Sacristy side door and exit as indicated. It will not be possible to return to your seat or to go into the Sacristy.
If you need to see the priest, whether for advice or confession, this needs to be organised by phoning the presbytery separately.

9. You may re-sanitise your hands at the dispenser by the sacristy door on the way out. Please note that we are requested to close the toilets except in emergency.