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During these difficult times this page will be used to give you any information that is given to us from the Archdiocese and Deanery. This will hopefully guide and help us and through our prayers the issues will soon be resolved.
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Our Churches will be open again for worship from Thursday 3rd December. Please refer to the Newsletter for details and the note below on safely gathering.
Christmas Masses As places in our churches are still restricted due to Covid-19 precautions we have been advised by the Archdiocese to “ticket” our Masses over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. It is sad that we have to do this but we want to keep everyone safe and to avoid disappointing anyone. There will be as many Masses as are needed, provided we have enough volunteers to open our church for Mass safely. We will let you know next weekend how to book your places. You are asked to remember that we are currently not obliged to attend Mass and we understand that many people may not wish to be in a large group in Church at the moment. It is hoped that people might attend Mass and visit the crib at some time during Christmas week to spread out our numbers over more than one day. Please let others who normally attend Mass at Christmas know that they will need to reserve their place this year or they may be disappointed. Bookings will be taken from Tuesday 8th December so please don’t try and book a place before then. Thank you.
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Newsletter 29th November 2020
Safely gathering. The following information is to refresh your memory about how we are safely gathering in Church again from Thursday 3rd December for the celebration of Mass. If you are not in great health or are in one of the “at risk” groups it might be best to take medical advice before returning to church at the moment. If you are in any doubt about what to do please ring me and we can talk it through. 01257 460154. ·Never come to church if you have a high temperature, a new persistent cough or have lost your sense of taste or smell. Call 111 and ask for advice. ·Please note that both our Churches have around 30 benches available. As places in church are limited we may not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to attend. Do not share a bench with someone who is not in your household or “bubble”. ·If people come to church with people from their household or “bubble” they will be able to sit together so more people will be able to attend Mass. ·Please follow the instructions of our stewards. ·Please bring a face covering which must be worn while you are in church. ·Please use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving church. ·Follow the signs which indicate a one-way system for moving around church. ·Please try to arrive no more than about ten minutes before Mass begins unless you are acting as a steward. ·Holy Communion will be distributed at the very end of Mass and you will walk directly out of church after receiving Holy Communion. Only leave your bench when told to by a steward. Please respect those who are still receiving Holy Communion after you by keeping an atmosphere or prayer at the back of church. ·Do not gather in groups outside church before or after Mass and always keep doorways clear. Do not block the way out for someone leaving church after you. ·The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday has been suspended. ·We are required to take contact details, (name and telephone number), of everyone who attends Mass, for the government track and trace programme. If you have attended Mass before you will be ticked in by a steward. If you use the NHS Covid-19 app you can check in using the posters at the back of church. ·Entry to church through the presbytery is currently suspended. ·The sacristy is closed to the parish. ·There will be no ministries exercised during Mass until further notice apart from a reader and the priest. There will be no music, Little Church, special ministers of Holy Communion, collectors etc.
Masses will continue to be streamed on our parish Facebook Page (look for ‘Parishes of St Chad and St Bede’ and request to join the group) and at St Gregory’s Church (go to www.stgregorychorley.org.uk). Follow St Chad’s & St Bede’s on Facebook! We have a group to enable us all to stay more closely in touch with each other, particularly during these days when we do not meet weekly as we’ve been used to. Everyone is invited to take a look and join if they wish. Look for “Parishes of St Chad & St Bede” https://www.facebook.com/groups/232935341437045/
NB. It is important to emphasise that the Sunday obligation has not been re-instated;
25th May 2020 An important letter from Pope Francis and two prayers to Our Lady Click here
Our Lady’s Shrine, Walsingham All Masses, Services, Benediction, Exposition etc are available by 24 /7 live streaming. Three Masses every day and Exposition throughout the night. www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream/
Mass Intentions: Fr Mark invites anyone who would like a Mass to be said for a particular intention to get in touch with him on Tel. No 01257 460154 or by email.
Isolated Parishioners If you know any parishioner who might be feeling a bit isolated Fr Mark would be very happy to ring them if you think that would help. Please ring Father or send an e-mail. Thanks.
Important: Holy Communion whilst in hospital.
Please contact St. Joseph’s Presbytery if any of your family is admitted to Chorley Hospital 01257 262713.
If any family member is admitted to Preston Hospital, please inform the chaplain on 01772 522435.
If any family member is admitted to Wigan Infirmary, please inform the chaplain on 01942 822324.
This request comes from the respective hospital chaplains.
The Joyful Mysteries of Holy Rosary. Click here; Forum page
The Elderly, Sick and Housebound. Please could we remember the elderly, sick and housebound. Give them a telephone call, a few minutes of your time will mean an awful lot. Please continue to support each other and let us keep each other in our prayers.You might like to write a list of the people you are particularly holding in your prayers at this difficult time and keep it with you. Read through it slowly at different times of the day.
There is a nice time of prayer to follow on the website of the Salesians which has been produced for this time. http://www.salesians.org.uk/news-articles/featured-news/when-i-can-t-get-to-church.html
St Bede’s is a Catholic church within the Chorley Deanery belonging to the Archdiocese of Liverpool. We are a medium sized parish set on the A6 between Chorley and Preston. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
Parish Priest Father Mark Beattie
598 Preston Road, Clayton Green, Chorley.
Tel: 01772 335209 If there is no answer on this number and you need to talk to Fr Mark please call 01257 460154