St. Augustine's R.C. Church
Gift Aid Envelopes:The new Gift Aid Envelopes will be delivered
to you in the latter half of March. If you have changed address over
the past 12 months please let Father have a note of your new address
or e-mail it to email@example.com
Second Collection causes 2021 can be seen here.
We have been encouraged by the Archbishop to sign up to this initiative which is one of a number of new fundraising ideas we will be asked to consider this year - more news to follow on these. A number of other Parishes have already started and been very successful in raising much needed additional funds. It is acknowledged that these are very difficult times with many parishioners having financial and job security worries so it is understood that some will not be in a position to offer any additional support at this stage. However Easyfundraising seems an easy win as it will not involve any additional cost to each individual.
If you are a taxpayer signing up to GiftAid would be another easy win as the Parish would receive an extra 25p for every £1 you put in the weekly collection without any extra cost or hassle to you. Please speak with Father Adams or our GiftAid co-ordinator Joe Flannery if you are interested in this. Or e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID 19 Changes
I appreciate how very difficult all of this
is for you and how you so look forward to meeting up with your fellow
parishioners for a chat in the Narthex or outside of the Church before
or after Mass.
Face coverings should be worn at all
times whilst in the Church unless you are exempt under Government guidelines.
There will be weekday Masses at 9.30 a.m. and in addition
a Mass at 8.00 p.m. on Friday and 10.00 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday evening
at 6 p.m. and on Sundays 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. .
Whilst the obligation
to attend Mass on the Sabbath remains suspended for the time being Father
is currently saying ten Masses each week so sincerely hopes that you will
be able to attend at least one of these.
There will be 2-3 Stewards at each Mass who will offer you
hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the Church.
They will also co-ordinate the procession for Holy Communion. This will be one row at a time and to avoid any breach of the 1 metre+ distancing rules as you exit or enter your pew all parishioners will be asked to follow the Holy Communion procession route even if not receiving Holy Communion. When approaching Father for Holy Communion please do so with your arms at full stretch and with your hands, palms upwards, one on top of the other, extended as flatly as possible.
You will notice some differences in how the celebration
of the Mass takes place.
As parishioners may be attending Mass at different times and on different days of the week than usual there will be a Collection held at each Mass. The collection baskets cannot be passed around so they will be placed by the doors as you exit the Church.
In accordance with the Covid guidelines the kitchen facilities must remain closed for the time being so there will be no tea or coffee after Mass with parishioners encouraged to maintain their social distancing and to depart for home as soon as possible after Mass has finished.
Please do listen to and co-operate fully with the Stewards as they seek to help us respect the Government guidelines. Their role is vital to us all if our Church is to remain open safely and successfully and for the enjoyment of us all.
If you are unable to attend Mass live Masses can also be
viewed via https://www.churchservices.tv/
or at https://mass-online.org/