The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 17th January 2021- Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.


Please refer to the Weekly Newsletter for furrher information.

PUBLIC MASS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Dear Parishioners As our restrictions are becoming more relaxed and we are able to reopen our churches for worship I am appealing to you to help me make this possible. Initially, I hope to make public masses available on just a number of days a week, and weekend (tbc). In the first instance we will need more volunteers to help with monitoring of visitors and sanitisation of the church on a strict and regular basis. By return of this email please let me know if and when you might be available to assist. Please note even though you may wish to help you may fall under this category: If a person is in the extremely vulnerable category of shielding and has received specific personal instructions from the Government not to attend religious services then, obviously, they must not attend. Nothing in any church guidelines seeks to overrule that Government advice to that individual. In which case we are not able to accept your offer of help but thank you for your intentions. Guidance is as you know being updated on a frequent basis, so please be patient with any changes we need to make. We will endeavour to keep you informed as best we can with any updates.

BULLETIN If you know someone who does not have the internet but would like a copy of the bulletin please print and safely give it to that person. It is important that we keep up communication wherever possible. Thank you.

ESSENTIAL RULES TO FOLLOW AND COMPLY WITH The existing arrangements in place for individual private prayer will remain; access for all via front door, no access from the St John Paul II Centre, use of hand gel on arrival, candles lit by yourselves, one-way system and exit via the fire door (near to the first pew on your right) towards the Memorial Garden. There is no one obvious fair and equitable way of allocating spaces for Mass. Therefore, I have decided that people who wish come for Mass must email or telephone the Parish. If place is not available, you will receive an email or phone call. When the Church reaches capacity no further entry will be allowed. If you volunteer to steward/Clean you have a place. The Archdiocese has decided that it will permit social distancing of 1 metre plus in our Churches SUBJECT TO COMPULSARY WEARING OF FACE COVERING. If you arrive for Mass and you do not have a face covering you will not be allowed entrance (unless you are asthmatic or under 5). The celebrant will be obliged to stop mass if this obligation is ignored.

We will provide seating family groups. At the same time, we will allocate four benches for the family groups of four. Elsewhere in the Church there will be places for couples and individuals. Only occupy the family accommodation if you are from the same household or in a pre-arranged bubble. Children are welcome but there be will be no children’s liturgy, no reading resources and it will be essential that parents can ensure that they satisfy the special distance requirements. There must be no standing at the back of Church. Once capacity is reached there will be no entrance allowed.

DETAILS OF THE MASS Mass will be shorter than a normal Sunday Mass. There will be no singing, no bidding prayers, a shorter homily and no offertory procession. We will provide a separate Lectern for the reader There will be close attention to details to ensure social distancing and cleanliness during Mass by celebrant and deacon. After the “Lord I am not worthy to receive you…” the celebrant will raise the host and say, “The Body of Christ” to which the response will be “Amen” and the Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand only in SILENCE. The celebrant and deacon will not wear a face covering until it is time for the distribution of Holy Communion, but they will at that point. Stewards will guide people forward for Holy Communion or a blessing. As one approaches remove face covering, stretch out hands, receive Holy Communion, may move across, consume, re -apply face covering and return to place.

OTHER POINTS TO NOTE As there is no offertory, there will be collection at the entrance and exit. If you are watching online, please consider making an online contribution or set up a standing order. Toilets will remain closed The Choir loft will not be accessible. Choir area and Our Lady Chapel will not be accessible. There will be no Sacrament of Reconciliation in Church. If you wish to make your confession, you will need to make an appointment to see me or Father Robert in the Presbytery garden. You do this by contacting the office between 9.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. on the day you wish to make confession. The Church will be cleaned after every Mass.