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The Government made the following announcements on Monday 22nd February 2021.

During this current lockdown Funerals are able to continue with up to 30 people. Weddings and Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstances – with numbers limited to 6.

From the 29 March 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 6 people.
  • Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstances and limited to 6.

No earlier than the 12 April 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 15 people.
  • Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstance and limited to 6.

No earlier than the 17 May 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 30 people.
  • Baptisms will be allowed with up to 30 people.

No earlier than the 21 June 2021

It is hoped that all legal limits on social contact will be lifted. At this time, we do not know what this will mean for collective worship with regards to social distancing and the use of face masks.

Until we are advised otherwise. we must all continue to follow the rules in place for collective worship.  Social distancing both inside and outside Church, the wearing of face coverings, provide contact details for Track and Trace purposes. Only those from one household or support bubble can sit together.  You are eligible to form a support bubble with another household of any size if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support,
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability.
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5 or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults.
  • you are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020.

For more details visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household#who-can-make-a-support-bubble

Please follow the instructions of our stewards, as without these volunteers giving generously of their time, we would not be able to open Church at all.

If you have any questions/queries, please email olas.stourbridge@rcaob.org.uk

Letter – Clergy and Parishioners, 2 February 2021 from His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley

Covid19 – The infection rate is extremely high at in the Dudley area. This means we need to be particularly vigilant when attending Mass. It is very important that people do not gather outside to chat after Mass but return home immediately. If you see an old friend, wave at them and ring them up when you get home, Remember, that there is no obligation to attend on a Sunday. It would be wise to choose to go on a weekday, instead of a Sunday, so that we do not have too large gatherings while the risk of infection is high,

Follow the daily Readings at Mass. Universalis or Alive Publsihing

Make an Act of Spiritual Communion –  This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass 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.”

The God Who Speaks Weekly Meditations by Fr Dries Van den Akker S.J on the Paintings of St Matthews Gospel by Peter Clare.  link 

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