COVID-19 Update - April 2022

Fr Chris, with advice from the St Joseph’s COVID committee, who have reviewed the current COVID situation, havs made the following decisions:
(Next Review will be in June 2022)

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Catherine, the parish office or Nikki Pink on the CONTACT US page.

Facemasks

Face coverings are still recommended by the government in crowded areas. In consideration for others, we would therefore recommend that all parishioners continue to wear face coverings whilst inside the church building.

Track & Trace

NHS Track and Trace has now been discontinued, so we will no longer provide a QR Code, or record names at any of our Masses

hand sanitising

We will continue to encourage parishioners to sanitise their hands, when entering and leaving the church.
Hand sanitiser will continue to be made available at the enterances/exits.


Airflow

We will continue to ensure the adequate ventilation of our church by leaving doors and windows open, when possible. Given this, we would strongly advice that you dress appropriately, particularly during the winter months

cleaning

We will continue to clean the church thoroughly, on a weekly basis, to help prevent the spread of COVID19 from surfaces. We would also encourage parishioners to minimise unnecessary touching of surfaces where possible.


Entry/exit

The main door and the foyer are to be used to enter and exit Mass.

Numbers

We no longer have a limit on numbers at any of our weekend masses. We will still utilise every other row at our 6pm Vigil Mass, where possible, to maintain a level of social distancing, but we will utilise the rows if required, should this Mass become busy.

space

We do recognise that this may cause anxiety for some of our congregation. We will, therefore, continue to use every other row in the two side seating areas.
We will also be providing cards, printed with the words: “PLEASE LEAVE A SPACE”.

altar servers

We are pleased to announce altar servers are now assisting at our weekend masses. If you are a young person and have made your first communion please contact Louis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

singing

We will be continuing with live music at the 11am Mass, and recorded or live music at the other Masses, dependent on the availability of musicians. We will be providing hymn books at all Masses and encourage the congregation to join in with the singing, if you feel comfortable to do so. Please continue to wear a face covering whilst singing.

newsletter

We will continue to distribute the newsletter via email. If you are not receiving an electronic copy, but would like one, please let us know, so that we can add you to the mailing list