Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 UPDATE: after the announcements on Monday 23rd November.

For this weekend, 28th/29th November, the arrangements remain as they have been for the last fortnight – see below. From Wednesday 2nd December our usual Mass schedule resumes, with all the Covid-safe measures that have been in place since September.

Masses with a congregation present are suspended until 00.01 on Wednesday 2nd December. Until then there are other ways in which we remain open, to support and serve you, inspired by the love of Christ.

We Livestream Sunday Mass at 9.30am (and available to watch and pray throughout the day). More details of the Livestream, including the direct link to Mass on YouTube, and links to parish social media can be found on our dedicated Livestream page (click here).

The church is open for individual private prayer, with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, this Sunday 10.30am – 2pm. Numbers are limited, face coverings are essential and Stewards will welcome you and help us all to be safe. We really encourage you to come and take time in our sacred space, with the Blessed Sacrament.

During the times the church is open we are also serving as a donation point for local foodbanks; anything donated will be vital food for local families. Especially useful at the moment are toiletries – soap, shampoo and toothpaste. You can also bring tins, cereal, and anything with a long sell-by date. We will regularly highlight goods which local foodbanks tell us are most needed in any one week.

We are sending a weekly email to all parishioners – if we do not yet have your email address, then send us an email (Romford@dioceseofbrentwood.org) and we will add you to the list.

If you know anyone who is on their own at this time, we have a “phone tree” via the SVP, to ensure parishioners are telephoned regularly, as a way to combat loneliness. If anyone is in any particular need regarding shopping, etc., we can help arrange things for them. Just let us know by phone or email.

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When we return to Mass, there continue to be some changes to the arrangements, due to Covid-19. Before coming to Mass: please make sure you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough); please bring a mask/face-covering (unless you are exempt). There are fuller details, including some differences to the celebration of Mass, on a sheet available when you come to church. The maximum numbers are 80, with pews spaced at 1.2m, and it is best to arrive early to help our stewards to make best use of all the available seats.