It is a joy to welcome you back to Sunday Mass! This long fast from the Eucharist has been a trial for all who understand the importance of the Mass for us Catholics.
In compliance with regulations, the congregation is obliged to wear a face-covering (this will be provided as you enter), as Canon Seamus has opted for the one-metre-plus distancing option in order to allow for more capacity in church. If this is not workable, we will have to revert to 2 metres distancing when no face covering is required. So, please be patient as we try to work out what is best.
The pews have been measured – 3 persons to a pew or more if from the same household. The central aisle has been marked as you come to Communion, one row at a time. Please be observant of this. Reception of Holy Communion will be on the hand only.
Please read the Guidance for the Celebration of Mass on our diocesan website, prepared by Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, to answer any questions you may have.
The Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended which means you do not have to attend Mass on Sunday if you feel unready to do so. Indeed, attending a weekday Mass can be an alternative whilst the Sunday obligation remains suspended. This dispensation will relieve the pressure of numbers on a Sunday.
The opening times for Our Lady’s, Kempston, is from 10.30am to 12.30pm each weekday for private prayer and 10.30am to 12noon on Sundays, during which there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Additionally, there will be exposition on Fridays between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.