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Churches Reopening for Public Mass – Beginning Tuesday 7th July

Dear sisters and brothers,

It is with great joy that we are able to announce that as a result of the changes in the most recent government guidelines, we are able to begin to return to the public celebration of Mass in the parish.

The Archbishops of England have written a letter helping us to prepare for this important moment as we move out of lockdown. They remind us that we ‘cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown’ and that ‘there will be some differences in how the celebration takes place.’ for example:

  • Masses will need to be shorter with no congregational singing and no children’s liturgy
  • Holy Communion will be distributed under one kind and in the hand only
  • We will need to adhere to all social distancing and hygiene guidelines at all times in the church and car park
  • It will not be possible to gather after Mass


We are planning to celebrate Mass at 9.30am on Tuesdays, beginning on 7th July, and 6.30pm on Thursdays

At weekends, beginning on 11th July, the Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6.30pm on Saturdays and at 11am on Sundays

It is important to be aware that, depending on the size of households attending, we won’t be able to have more than 30 people in the church at any time, as social distancing means that we can only use very few seats. We do not want to turn people away, so please do remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is still suspended.  In light of this, it may be wiser to come to Mass during the week if you are free, and leave Saturday and Sunday for those whose work pattern means that a weekday is impossible for them.  Others of you may still feel that it is too risky to come to a public Mass, and so entering into spiritual communion with Mass celebrated online at http://northamptoncathedral.org/times/, particularly if you are still shielding, remains an excellent option.   For those who come along to Mass but are unable to be in the church, we are seeking to have a speaker outside so that you can hear from the grounds, and for Holy Communion to be brought to you there.  Please bear with us as we adjust to these requirements over the coming weeks and follow the directions overleaf, the signage and instructions from our stewards, without whom we would be unable to open at all.

We will continue to open St Martins on Saturdays between 1pm and 4pm, for a time of private Prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. If you are currently not shielding, do please come along at anytime between 1pm and 4pm on Saturdays.

With every blessing.

Fr Simon