Re-opening of Sacred Heart Church for Public Mass.
All the parishes in the Coventry deanery are working together and the first Saturday evening/Sunday Masses will resume on 11th/12th July. The obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday (or Saturday evening) has been suspended by the Catholic Church and so you can attend any available Mass.
Beginning on Saturday 11th July our public Masses with a congregation will be: Saturday 5.00pm, Sunday 10.30am, Wednesday 6.30pm, Friday 9.00am. On days when there is no public Mass, a livestreamed Mass will still be celebrated at 9.00am and every Mass (with or without a congregation) will be livestreamed.
Please do think about spreading out between all these Masses and not just coming at the weekend.
It is wonderful to be able to celebrate Mass in public again and you are so very welcome. It is compulsory that everyone wears a face covering in Church. These don’t have to be masks; they can be homemade face coverings. If children aged between 5 -11 have already been in the habit of wearing a face covering, they should continue to do so. Children aged 11+ must wear a face covering. Try to arrive early. You may have to queue. Parishioners who have kindly volunteered to be stewards will show you to your seat. Social distancing in Church will be at 1 metre (that is why face coverings are compulsory.) If you live in the same house you will be able to sit together on the same bench. Please tell the stewards when you arrive.
When you arrive you will need to use hand sanitiser (provided). A one-way system will operate and so you leave by the fire escape doors (and on exit you must also use the provided hand sanitiser.) Because there can be no offertory collection during Mass (bags/baskets can’t be passed from person to person) there will be donation boxes placed around the church into which you can put your weekly Offertory.
Live Streaming of daily Mass via facebook – link
9am Mass is being streamed to the parish Facebook page: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Coventry. The Live Stream should become active about 8.50am.
Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass being offered. You can make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying the following prayer:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.”
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To help us to grow and deepen our faith in these unusual times, I would like to draw your attention to a number of resources link
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May God bless you all,
Fr Tony Norton, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart.