Is It Me?
It is wonderful to see so many of you coming back to Mass in recent weeks but I do seem to keep bumping into parishioners (in a socially-distanced way, of course) out in the street but then don't see them at Mass. Is it something I said? Should I change my deodorant? Change my socks more often? Do let me know.
When you do come, it really is as safe as anything can be. The wonderful stewards (who must be present by law for us to open) will remind you to wear a face-covering and sit in a particular place so that you are two metres from anyone else and so as to maximize our capacity. And if you come to Holy Communion only when indicated and use the markers on the floor you will maintain that distancing. These same stewards also enable us to be open for private prayer (Church Opening Times) Moreover, on the safety front, cleaning of frequent-touch areas is carried out between Masses and the whole church is cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day. We are taking all this extremely seriously and so are designated "Covid-secure".
But for the past three months, these tasks have been carried out by just 23 people, some of them children, although the number is growing - than you all so much. Without them - and make no mistake about this - the doors of your parish church would still be firmly shut. So please, if you are under 70 (there is no minimum age stipulated), volunteer to come to Mass 15 minutes early to be a steward. And if you can offer 20 minutes or so one evening a week to clean the church (that is how slick we've become at it), the 23 will welcome you with open arms. They will also show you how everything is done. As always, Claudia is eager to hear how you and your family will help via Volunteers or via Parish Email or by calling 020 7286 3214 (option 2). I thank you in advance, from your priests and all those who would volunteer but can't, for your usual kindness and generosity.
God bless the large number of you who took out standing orders during lockdown, and thank you to all who give in so many ways. Without this regular income we couldn't help those who are really struggling at this time especially as there is no cash collection at Mass. But you can give using the baskets on your way in or out of the church and we have a contactless machine as you enter or you can donate electronically via a BACS payment
Account Name: WRCDT St Johns Wood
Sort Code 40 05 20,
Account Number 71026135.
or by using this Virgin Money Giving link
or by setting up the aforementioned Standing Order and Gift Aid. May God reward you for your generosity in whatever way you support us especially as the prospect of some more restrictions on our movement looms.
To have a Mass offered for any intention please call at the office or follow this link Mass Intentions.
Do keep up with our Facebook Page which will continue to be updated regularly and we will stream Mass there and here every Sunday at 10:30am.
We hope all is going well as you return to school and work and we wish you a wonderful week. May God bless you all, and just to be on the safe side I'm off to change my socks.
Fr Kevin & Fr Ben (whose socks are just fine)
Ps 94:1-2.6-9 R v.8
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Daily Service Times
Sunday Mass: 6:00pm (Saturday), 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00 Noon, 6:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00am