PATTERN OF MASSES
FROM JANUARY 16TH UFN
The Obligation to hear mass on Sundays and Holy Days is suspended during the pandemic.
Saturday 12pm & 5pm
Sunday 8am & 10:30am
Thursday 9:15am [live streamed only]
Every Mass is broadcast live and available as a recording to watch later at facebook.com/cannockcatholic/live
During the past week I have had a pleasant break and also had an opportunity to think again about our provision of masses, especially in the current crisis. I thank so many of you for your prayers and good wishes and also your views about how we should proceed. You will see the new pattern of masses on the front of the Newsletter - of course, like all else at this time, it is subject to change at very short notice.
In revising our pattern of masses I have taken into account the following: the heightened risk which now exists; maximising social distancing at masses; easing my own workload; and meeting the wishes of parishioners for public masses at particular times of day.
There is a little more to say. During this week there has also been updated guidance on places of worship from the government bit.ly/2XHN71Y and also from the Church................
There will be 9 Masses of Christmas! Christmas Eve: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
(Also 9pm at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes) Christmas Day: 10am
Saturday 26th: 12pm and 5pm Sunday 27th: 8am and 10am
TICKETING: Places for masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be bookable in advance. If all places are booked, then no one will are admitted on the day.
Online ticketing and telephone booking will begin from 14th December. Before then, priority will be given to those who are at Mass, by accepting bookings after each mass, but only from those who are present in person.
If all the St Mary’s Masses are fully booked, then there may be an additional mass at 12 noon on Christmas Eve and/or 8am on Christmas Day. This will be decided by Sunday 20th.
There will be no “Nativity Mass” as such, but the masses at 2pm and 4pm (and if needed 12pm) will include elements for Children. There will also be a recorded “Family Mass” available on YouTube.
On 9th October, the Episcopal Ordinations of David Evans and Stephen Wright, will take place at St Chad’s Cathedral, at 12 noon. Bishop Stephen will be residing at Brownhills and will be the the auxiliary bishop for our area, replacing Bishop David McGough who goes into retirement. Bishop David will serve the area of Birmingham and Worcestershire.
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