HOLY CROSS PARISH
Monsignor Hugh Bradley: Parish Priest.
Father Johnson Mathew Assistant Priest
113 Dixon Avenue. Glasgow G42 8ER.
0141 423 0105
Holy Cross Parish – Impact of Tier 4 Coronavirus Restrictions
Holy Cross Parish – Impact of Tier 4 Coronavirus Restrictions
Thanks to Monsignor and Father Johnson and our volunteers we have been privileged to celebrate daily Mass since 15th July. In doing so we have manged to avoid having to institute a booking system; as this would have disadvantaged a great number of our parishioners who do not have regular access to the internet. The maximum number allowed at each daily Mass and the 3 Sunday Masses is 20. This will mean considerable sacrifices for all of us over the next 2 weeks. It must be emphasised that the obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday remains suspended.
For Masses Monday to Saturday we ask that parishioners sign up to indicate days that they wish to attend the 9.30am Mass. Please select no more than TWO DAYS. Signup sheets are available at the back of the church. This will be a commitment to attend these Masses for the duration of the Tier 4 restrictions.
Attendance at the THREE Masses on Saturdays and Sundays are allocated using the Eventbrite website. This will allow places at the weekend Masses to be booked. Entry to these Masses will only be granted to those who have booked. If you attend a weekday Mass we would ask that you do not attend a ‘Sunday’ Mass.
Bookings for the weekend Masses will be live on Monday’s on the Eventbrite website from 3pm. Links to the booking form for the Masses will be placed on the parish website and Facebook page.
It might be asked, ‘why not celebrate more Masses’? However, the purpose of these strict measures is to reduce the opportunities for contact which might spread infection. More Masses would not achieve this objective. As a Church community, each one of us has a duty to do what we can to support the action taken by those who make these difficult decisions.
If you do not have access to the Internet and you come to weekend Mass please
Ask someone who has access, to do it for you.
The links are below, for Saturday the weekend of 6th of December, for those within the Glasgow Area.
Latest Information from Archdiocese and links to Scottish Government Web site are now on our Web site on the Important Information page.
OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE TO HOLY CROSS
The Archdiocese has donation platform to allow you to make donations to the Archdiocese or to parishes. If you wish to make a donation to Holy Cross parish, please follow the link below and complete the details. It is:
Please give space when coming into Church, to check in.
Do not gather in each other’s houses, nor travel out of your area.
Please do not come to church if you are feeling unwel, for your safety and those around you. Join us on our YouTube channel Daily Mass 9.30am. Masses at weekend as normal. Vigil 6.30pm; 9.30am and 11.30am
We are fortunate to still be able to celebrate Mass in church. We have to make sure everyone is safe. Please give a safe distance between different households while waiting to enter church.
By carrying out these safety measures we will be safe and be able to continue having Mass.
To enable Mass to take place safely we have to ensure strict compliance with the health and safety conditions that are in force. At all Masses Pass Keepers will be present and those attending Mass must follow their directions. In particular:-
- If you have to queue to enter the church a distance of 2 metres must be maintained between each person or household group.
- Please continue to observe social distancing on entering church and please keep your face covering on, to make sure your nose and mouth are covered especially when talking.
- All attendees must provide their name and contact information. Contact information can be phone number, email address or postal address. In compliance with Data Protection legislation this information will only be held and used to allow contact tracing should any Covid 19 infections be identified among our churchgoers.
- All attendees must sanitise their hands on entering the church.
- A face covering must be brought to mass and worn. (Holy Cross cannot supply face coverings for attendees and those without a face covering will have to be denied entry).
- Seating is limited due to the requirements of social distancing. If the Mass is busy then Pass Keepers will direct attendees to specific seats to ensure best use is made of the limited seating available. You will not be able to choose your seat.
- In the event of reaching the maximum capacity of 50, entry will have to be refused. This is not something that is desired but must be acknowledged.
- Household groups will be able to sit together.
- The Eucharist will be distributed. Attendees must only come forward when directed by Pass Keepers to ensure that social distancing is maintained. Communion can only be taken by hand. This is to keep you and the Priest safe. Receive the host in your left hand, step 2 paces away from the Priest and then put it in your month.
Please keep your distance from the person in front of you.
Please do not change your seat during Mass.
Access to votive candles will continue to be restricted due to the risk of fumes from hand sanitiser being flammable. A Pass Keeper will be available to light candles at the Lady of Fatima statue.
The church will have to close after each Mass to allow it to be cleaned.
This situation and the restrictions being imposed on Public Mass are obviously new to the parish and the situation will have to be closely monitored and if necessary, adjustments made. However, we can only continue to have public Masses if we have volunteers who can act as Pass Keepers. At the present we only have a very small number of volunteers and as time goes on work and family commitments will put strain on these volunteers and reduce numbers further. If you can help out as a Pass Keeper at any Mass please contact myself either by phone on 0141 423 0105 or by email email@example.com.
There is a donations box as you leave the Church. At weekends Passkeepers will also have baskets as you leave the church to give a donation, if you can. Thankyou.
I ask you all to check our website and Facebook pages for further updates. Notices will also be put up outside the church with mass times and any updated information. Monsignor Hugh Bradley
LIVESTREAMING FROM HOLY CROSS.
Visit You Tube channel Holy Cross Crosshill YouTube . (free) Streaming each Mass.
The Streaming is available at all times if you just wish to visit.
Let us pray for one another and for our World.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick Pray for us.
Mgr Bradley and Fr Johnson.