RE-OPENING OF BANGOR PARISH FOR PUBLIC MASS
MASS NEXT WEEK:
Wednesday 12 August at 10am in the PARISH CENTRE, thereafter in St Comgall’s Church, Brunswick Road on Saturday Vigil 15 August at 6.30pm & Sunday 16 August at 10am
When registering please specify which Mass you would like to attend. [You will be contacted by text when you have been allocated your seat number(s), please allow 48hours, Mon-Fri.]
Please sign up for MASS in St Comgalls Church, Brunswick Road. Using the two metre distancing rule the Church can hold fewer people than the hall so please register early.
The Covid-19 virus is still circulating and all necessary sanitising advice supplied by the Diocese following government recommendations will be strictly observed. We need volunteers to steward and to clean and anyone over the age of 18 who would like to do so is invited to contact the parish by email as soon as possible.
As part of Track and Trace everyone will be required to apply for Mass online. This will also prevent people from having to be turned away because the number of permitted attendees has been reached. I do not want people who have made the considerable physical and psychological effort to come to Mass to be turned away at the door. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. A seat(s) will be allocated to you. If you cannot avail of this allocation please let us know so that someone else may do so. I am fully aware that this will cause many difficulties and it goes against every custom and every tradition that we hold dear but the aim is to provide Mass to as many people as possible while keeping everyone safe.
International experience has shown churches can be a source of infection spikes. The places you occupy will be cleaned after you use them and time must be given for them to dry before the next Mass. The doors of the centre will remain open to provide ventilation and the toilets will remain CLOSED. Masks must be worn.
I realise that these are onerous conditions to impose for the celebration of the Mass which is a coming together of the Parish but the primary aim is the safety of all. I should be very grateful if you would tell as many people as possible about this notice and the means of applying for Mass.
Upon receipt of your online form we will contact you to confirm the allocated Mass, day and date. Communication with all parishioners is very difficult at the moment please alert other parishioners to this notice.
With every best wish and sincere thanks for your assistance in this important but complicated matter.