Corona Virus Communications

St. Thomas of Canterbury

14 Blenheim Road

Deal CT14 7DB

01304 367 496

During our Church closure,we will especially pray for those infected by Covid-19.  Please use the email below if you would like someone specifically prayed for, during these unprecedented times:


EMAIL: deal@rcaos.org.uk




SUBJECT TO CHANGE


We are hopeful that in the following week, subject to risk assessment,

the church will be open as follows:


ADORATION only on Wednesday


Wednesday 8th  July     1000 - 1100



MASSES


Saturday July 11th     1830

Sunday July 12th     0900 and 1100   


Last weekend about a 1/3 of the congregation attended Mass, there is plenty of space for safe distancing.

All welcome.



Government advice, via the Archbishop,  on attendance states that we either have:
 


- a 2m social distancing seating plan so there is 2m in all directions between each person/household;

 
or


 - a 1m plus (1m+*) social distancing seating plan. This means that there must be at least 1m in all directions between each person/household and the plus means that, in churches, everyone in the congregation should** wear a suitable face covering, unless exempt.



* we are imagining that, subject to numbers, we may need to go to 1m+ for some Masses.

** we have changed this to should, rather than must, but hope that our congregation will adhere to this guidance.




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Finally, we are required to create an accurate record of Mass attendees, from July 4th. 

This information will be held securely for 21 days.


Our records will include: Name of person/household group; note of a suitable method (telephone number, address, email address) for Test and Trace staff to make contact.


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Please do contact Father Duncan if you need to discuss any of the above, including accessing the church.


As soon as we are able to fully re-open our church, we will.



The cessation of public celebrations of the Mass and the dispensation of the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days commenced on March 20th, 2020 and remains in place.



Vulnerable and Immunocompromised parishioners should continue to isolate/shield until further notice.


Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


As a Parish, YOUR health ALWAYS comes first.

   



"until further notice, and with immediate effect, all the churches and chapels within the Archdiocese of Southwark, together with their associated halls, must now close their doors to the public. This policy must be implemented without exception. It is imperative that we, the clergy, consecrated religious, and laity of the Archdiocese of Southwark, comply fully with these directives. This is an essential component of our contribution to fighting the Coronavirus and living out the Lord Jesus’ commandment to ‘love our neighbour.’ (Mk 12:31) Given that our priests live adjacent to their churches, there will still be the private celebration of Mass each day, but there must be no additional people present other than the priest himself. The doors to all our churches and chapels must remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted."


Archbishop John, March 23rd, 2020









The Deal Foodbank


Due to isolation, collections are proving difficult and for that reason they are suggesting money donations are important.  The Food bank have confirmed they have secured food supplies that they can buy directly.  Their website holds all the information:


 www.dealarea.foodbank.org.uk

MASS TIMES


The cessation of public celebrations of the Mass and the dispensation of the Obiligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days commences on March 20th, 2020 until further notice.


Please see the 


You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Yours in Christ

Father Duncan



Live stream Mass links are on the Mass times page


Further information, prayers and guidance are availble from the following links:


www.rcsouthwark.co.uk

www.mycatholic.life/

Apple app: Laudate

MARCH 24TH UPDATE

FROM

ARCHBISHOP JOHN


THIS IS A LETTER, SENT TO PRIESTS, WHICH FATHER DUNCAN WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL.