Arrangements for Attending Mass - Important Information
A Message from Father Neil
Recommencement of Masses
It has now been a few weeks since we received permission from the Bishop to restart Masses at Christ the King & Holy Family, although in a limited way. In order to maximise your safety, social distancing is in operation and seating places are clearly marked. Everyone is now required by law to wear a mask and Holy Communion is given under one kind only and exclusively in the hand. The Priest will wear a face covering when distributing Holy Communion. With the introduction of face coverings we are now able to increase the seating capacity in both churches and this is now reflected in the arrangement in both churches and an increase in available booking allocations on the website.
There are stewards on duty to help you and ensure your safety. The Church is cleaned after every Mass. We have made attending Mass as safe as possible, probably safer than visiting the supermarket or eating out.
Unfortunately, people will not be able to just turn up to church for Mass on a Sunday as you did before, because we have to monitor how many people are in church at one time. This is in line with the government's ‘Track & Trace’ system. With this in mind there is a booking system for Sunday Masses. This booking system is by phone and online. There is NO need to book to attend the weekday Masses. Because of the limited numbers at each Mass, we have the booking system in place so that everyone has an equal opportunity to come to Mass.
**NB** There is still NO SUNDAY OBLIGATION so it would be acceptable to make one of the weekday Masses your main Mass, therefore avoiding too many people trying to get in the church on Sunday. I ask that you be considerate to others when a booking a place. Please DO NOT make block bookings in advance. Those of you who are retired/not working, come to Mass during the week so we can keep Sunday places free for those working and families. This will hopefully avoid turning people away once the limited seating is taken.
I would now like to encourage all our parishioners to think about coming back to Mass. We of course, understand that many of our more elderly parishioners still feel vulnerable and are not yet ready to return. However many more of our parishioners could reasonably think about coming to Mass; watching streamed Masses on TV, PC or tablet is no substitute when the real thing is now available.
You can register for Mass here.
Guidelines for the Recommencement of Masses in our parish
Instructions for Mass at Christ the King Church
Document issued by the Bishop of Leeds in June 2020 containing Frequently Asked Questions regarding the opening of our Churches for Mass.