Updated Mass Arrangements from October 2021

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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 but there is now no need to book. All are welcome but we ask everyone to respect that stewards will allocate your seats at a safer social distance for this Mass.
  • Friday 7pm

Mass  Arrangements

Whilst many of you will be pleased about some return to normality, I ask you to understand that many parishioners are concerned about lifting restrictions when infections are locally rising rapidly – the week to September 23 saw Kettering with the highest infection rates in England.  Despite vaccinations we can still become infected, perhaps unwell or pass the virus on unknowingly.  I ask you to be respectful of other people’s concerns and to act on ways we might consider others.  So in all our churches, I urge you to:

  • Please continue to wear face masks, unless exempt, as they can reduce the fall of viral droplets in one’s breath onto others nearby.  Medical advice is still that face coverings are worn in enclosed spaces.
  • Kindly consider not sitting directly behind or right next to another person not from your household if possible.  Please give them space.
  • Consider whether it is putting the person in front of you at risk if you kneel close up behind them.
  • Continue to sanitise your hands upon entering the church, for your protection and to reduce passing infection through touch.
  • Not come to church if you are at all unwell.  Positive cases identified by NHS Test and Trace will still be legally required to self-isolate.  Live streaming will still be available online from many churches.

Stewards will still be on hand to assist you if required, to ensure good ventilation during mass and cleaning afterwards.  Our booking line has now closed. 

Communion will continue to be under one kind onto the hand and will still need to follow an orderly spaced pattern, assisted by stewards.  Currently we have decided that singing if any will only be done by up to six choir members at the Family Mass when available, at other Masses there may be instrumental music.  When infection levels reduce, and with face masks worn, we may gradually phase in congregational singing.

Holy water stoops cannot as yet be refilled.  For the collection, I will place two baskets on the altar steps for donations given at Communion, also one in the rear porch if entrance donations are more convenient.  The Sign of Peace remains suspended as it is not an integral part of the Mass, and its omission will help to reduce physical contact between people during the celebration.

The (socially distanced) Thursday Evening Mass need not now be booked but will retain distancing to create a safer space for any parishioners who, because of their personal circumstances, remain worried about attending large indoor gatherings.  At this Mass, open to all, communion will be brought to you (receiving by hand only) in your seats at the normal time in the liturgy.  Remember, it is still currently permitted to attend on a weekday as if for Sunday.