Covid 19

Saint Anne's Church is following the 1m+  social distancing regulations. We can now seat 90 individuals or more with people from the same household sitting together. To enable parishioners to know they have a seat for Sunday Mass we have a booking system which is on the parish website. ( Just press the button "Register for Mass" and book the tickets you require. (Two people from the same house book one ticket and a family a four book two tickets). For those who do not have the internet you can phone: 01535 645 454 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 11.00am - 12 Noon and tickets will be booked for you. It is not necessary to book a seat for the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening or during the week. The Government regulations stipulate that you will need to sign in and sanitise your hands as you enter the church. 

The Weekly Bulletin - please take it home with you and do not return to the stand

Altar Servers - at present we are only allowed two or three altar servers who can sit 1m+ apart on the sanctuary. Please contact Frank if you would like to begin serving again.

Holy Communion will be administered with the priest standing behind the altar rails. People should wait in their pews until instructed to move forward by the Stewards, always aware of the regulations on social distancing in the orderly queue. The communicant should unloop their face covering and with arms at "full stretch" extend their hands as flatly as possible, palms upwards, one on top of the other to receive Holy Communion. They should immediately consume the Sacred Host and replace their face covering before moving back to their seats via the confessionals following the one-way route. 

Singing is not allowed by the congregation so the hymn books have been put into storage.

Readers at Mass should come forward to the lectern as normal and sanitise your hands at the altar gates as you enter the sanctuary. The face covering can be removed while you read. 

Bidding Prayers are optional but if they take place will be read by the priest.

Face Coverings are mandatory and all those who are attending church must wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Priests in the sanctuary 2m or more from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion. Readers may remove their face coverings at the lectern to read, as it is more than 2m from the congregation, then replace the face covering before leaving the sanctuary. 

Confessions will be heard at the usual times on a Saturday or you can ask the priest before a weekday Mass. The kneeler and chair have been removed from the confessional and the penitent is asked to stand for confession and then a Steward will sanitise the handles etc after each penitent leaves. 

The Weekly Offertory Collection will not be taken in the usual way but please leave you collection in the baskets either at the right side of the altar rails or at the side door as you leave church.

New Government regulations stipulate that funerals can have 30 people attending but for the sacrament of baptism it has been reduced to 6 people and for a marriage it is now 15 people.