St. Thomas of Canterbury
14 Blenheim Road
Deal CT14 7DB
01304 367 496
You are still able to support the church financially, whilst we attempt to ease out of lockdown, by clicking the justgiving link below.
Please note that Parishioners need to reference their donation with the full parish name and location, eg: St Thomas of Canterbury, DEAL:
Donations will be banked centrally and then allocated to our Parish.
Edward holds a regular online prayer group.
Please do contact him on
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UPDATE FROM ARCHBISHOP JOHN
regarding face coverings:
Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020.
All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet. Priests in the sanctuary providing they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion (please see below). Other ministers in the sanctuary should wear face coverings and remain socially distant from the celebrant.
Those who are exempt from wearing a face covering can be found here:
Section 3 - When you do not need to wear a face covering
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
We are hopeful that in the following week, subject to continued risk assessment,
the church will be open as follows:
Sunday 0900 and 1100
RULE OF SIX
The only exception to this new rule is where a single household (or support bubble) contains more
than six people, but the same rules on social interaction with others outside their group should apply.
No person who lives separately to this household or is not included in the support bubble is permitted
to accompany this larger group. This replaces previous rules where groups could be larger than six
people if they were made up of two households.
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;
- 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Yours in Christ