Updated Mass Arrangements from Easter 2022

Lectern at St. Edward's Church

Arrangements for Mass

Mass Times at St. Nicholas Owen, Burton Latimer

9.00am First Sunday of the month

Mass Times at Holy Trinity Church, Desborough

9.00am Second Sunday of the month

Mass Times at St. Bernadette’s Church, Rothwell

9.00am Third Sunday of the month

Weekly Mass Times at St. Edward’s Kettering

  • Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30pm.   After Mass – confession on request
  • Sunday Early Mass 8.30am
  • Sunday Family Mass 10.30am
  • Tuesday 10am
  • Wednesday 10am
  • Thursday 7pm.  This remains a Socially Distanced Mass
  • Friday 7pm

 

A big thank you to our stewards for all you have voluntarily done for the church since the start of the pandemic in order to keep our parishioners as safe as possible.  We recognise that it was a big ask and parishioners have repeatedly commented with gratitude about how great and helpful you have all been!  Your presence and your visibly professional approach made us all feel a lot safer.

The latest figures for England reveal that 1 in 14 people had Covid last week (1st Week in April), with the thinking now veering towards “living with the virus”.  A number of our Covid provisions have now been removed, beginning the formal process of returning to more normal.

This does not mean that we should as a community treat the virus as irrelevant. In fact, precisely because we are a community, we still need to consider others when indoors.  There will be a number of arrangements that will assist in the transition, but also to allow those who are still vulnerable to be able to attend mass and be safe.

Singing of hymns will resume at the 10.30am Family Mass (this may be changed to include the Vigil and 8.30am Masses later).  Due to Health & Safety advice, the congregation (whether singing or not) will be encouraged to continue to wear masks.  This isn’t about protecting ourselves as much as protecting others. Choirs will return to their pre-covid locations within the church(es).  Newsletters should be taken home please.

Socially Distanced Mass on Thursday evenings at 7pm:  It is recommended by H&S that we retain this in order to still cater for those in our community who are more vulnerable or just still fearful of indoor settings for health or other reasons.  All are welcome but in coming to this Mass, I ask you to adhere to covid protective measures, so we urge all parishioners out of care for others to sanitise hands, wear masks and maintain social distancing.  Stewards will assist and sanitising of pews will take place before mass.

Steward Welcomers:  St Edward’s church would like to retain a welcoming presence at the door at weekend masses, like we always did pre-pandemic.  Some stewards are staying on as welcomers, to give out the printed newsletter and hymn books, offer hand sanitiser to entrants and encourage the wearing of masks.  The welcomer would also, as before, help latecomers to find seats and assist in bringing collections to the sanctuary.  If any parishioner would like to assist in this welcoming ministry, please email the parish office. You don’t need to have been trained!

Offertory Gift (collection) to return to pre-covid arrangements, once a rota of collectors has been established hopefully soon.  Until then please continue to place your donations in the baskets on the sanctuary steps.  If any parishioner would like to assist at weekend masses with offertory collections, please email the parish office.

At Mass Itself

  • We encourage the wearing of masks to protect others.
  • Hand sanitiser available in church reception area.
  • Two queues for communion have resumed, along with filtering in from side chairs into the pews at St Edwards. Eucharistic ministers have returned (wearing masks please)
  • Holy Water in stoops have returned, with a scheduled cleaning regime of stoops.
  • No hand shaking as a sign of peace