Latest information regarding Public Mass
Next Week: St Comgall’s Church, Brunswick Road, Bangor, BT20 3DS
PRIVATE PRAYER: Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 December – Praying with the Icons – 9.30am to 10.30am – NO registration required.
WEEKEND MASSES: NONE for 2 weeks, please note Daily Mass will be recorded for the podcast and available at the usual times: 11am weekday, 8pm Saturday.
Due to government restrictions there will be NO PUBLIC MASS from Friday 27 November for two weeks. Therefore there will be no ONLINE REGISTRATION until further notice.
Online Registration for weekend Mass will resume when the Northern Ireland Executive lift the restrictions on Public Mass.
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.] BOOKING BEFORE TUESDAY IS RECOMMENDED.
It is a great pleasure to see rising numbers of you applying for Mass. Unfortunately this means that some must be refused. However if those who are retired would attend the Weekday Mass only this will allow space for families with working parents to attend at the weekend.
The obvious difficulty with which we are struggling is how to arrange for the access of the greatest number of parishioners to Mass and the handing on of the faith which is done through family and Sacrament. I request your co-operation and understanding as we try to encourage the faith development of the children and families in our parish.
I remind you that the Mass is Podcast Daily from this Parish except in exceptional circumstances. In this month of October we invoke the intercession of Our Lady to help us to find and exploit new avenues of reaching out in faith to all our parishioners.
It is impossible to adequately thank the devoted band of Stewards and cleaners who willingly give of their time to the tedious task of cleaning the Church after every Mass, Funeral and Baptism. However on my own behalf and that of the Parish of Bangor I can only say a sincere thank you.
Fr J Gunn
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.
For the time being it will no longer be necessary to register for the WEEK DAY MASS. People attending this Mass will be asked for their name which will be recorded and then will be shown to a seat by the Steward.
Please note that online registration for weekend Masses are still necessary.
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.
Please Note: For the time being it is no longer necessary to register online for the WEEK DAY MASSES. Upon arrival in the Church a Steward will record your name and show you to a seat. Online registration is still required for Weekend Masses.