COVID UPDATE – September 2021

ALL MASSES Celebrated in ST MARY’S Chepstow ARE LIVE STREAMED

ALL MASSES at BOTH CHURCHES are now CELEBRATED WITH UNRESTRICTED CONGREGATIONS and without the need for booking

Welcome to the Catholic Parish of Chepstow, Caldicot & Magor

Our Vision – ‘To develop the faith of our Parish Community to meet the Spiritual, Social and the Moral challenges facing us in the modern World’

Mass Times

All Masses are Celebrated with unrestricted congregations in both churches, with all those celebrated in St Mary’s being live-streamed

Weekend Masses

St Paul’s Caldicot

9am  Sundays

St Mary’s Chepstow

6pm Saturdays & 11am Sundays

Please download the newsletter for Sunday Mass responses

Weekday Masses or Liturgies

Tuesday 10am, Mass in St Paul’s Caldicot

Wednesday & Thursday 10am,
Mass in St Mary’s Chepstow

Friday 10am, Mass in St Paul’s Caldicot

Where we are, as a parish, with regards Covid Guidelines 

In line with PLACES OF WORSHIP – GUIDELINES issued by the WELSH GOVERNMENT and the CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES (CBCEW)

Full details are listed below but the key points are;

  • ANYONE WHO IS SYMPTOMATIC, HAS TESTED POSITIVE, IS AWAITING A RESULT OR HAS BEEN TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE MUST NOT ENTER CHURCH
  • There is no need to book for any Mass celebrated in the parish of St Mary’s & St Paul’s.
  • The wearing of face coverings remains MANDATORY
  • A register of names will be collated by stewards upon arrival at the church (to meet track & trace requirements)

What we are doing to keep Our Parish Family Safe

Dear Parishioners,

Details of how the new guidelines will this impact on St Mary’s and St Paul’s – effective from 21 AUG 2021

NB the Covid Review Team are monitoring changes and regularly reviewing our current practices to ensure we are compliant and doing all we can to ensure parishioners safety.

  • Whilst there will be no restriction on numbers an element of social distancing must be maintained. There is a need to be aware of infection rates in the area so that changes can be made as and when necessary. Those members of the congregation who need space may request a “give me space” sign.
  • MASKS ARE MANDATORY.
  • There will be no further need to make telephone bookings for weekend masses.
  • A REGISTER OF NAMES (and contact numbers if not known for track and trace purposes) WILL BE COLLATED BY STEWARDS UPON ARRIVAL AT WEEKEND MASSES.
  • For weekday Masses, attendees will be required to ‘sign-in’.
  • There will be no water in the water stoop.
  • VOTIVE CANDLES MAY NOW BE USED.
  • THERE WILL BE NO SIGN OF PEACE
  • Communion will be under one kind distributed by Father Michael and one Eucharistic minister. Parishioners will go up row by row in an orderly fashion.
  • Collection plates will be placed at the back of church for your weekly offerings.
  • Servers may recommence duties from September 2021.
  • LIMITED AND QUIET SINGING WILL BE ALLOWED ACCOMPANIED BY THE ORGAN – masks will continue to be worn when singing.
  • BOTH CHURCHES WILL BE WELL VENTILATED DURING WEEKEND SERVICES AND THOROUGHLY CLEANED AFTER THE CONGREGATION HAS LEFT.
  • Both exits as St Mary’s will be used when leaving the church to prevent congestion.
  • DAILY MASSES WITH CONGREGATION WILL RECOMMENCE FROM 24 AUGUST – SEE NEWSLETTER FOR DETAILS

ANYONE WHO IS SYMPTOMATIC, HAS TESTED POSITIVE, IS AWAITING A RESULT OR HAS BEEN TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE MUST NOT ENTER CHURCH.

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