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Dear Parishioners and friends of St Joseph’s
Masses. Restrictions were eased on 1 July. Given the dimensions of the Church, we are now allowed 110 people, which complies with the 4m2 rule (with the exception of people from the same household).
Mass timetable. The normal weekend Mass and confession timetable (Saturday Vigil at 6pm, Sunday 7.30 and 9.30am, confessions Saturday 5pm to 5.45pm) applies. There is no need to apply to attend any Mass. However, everyone attending will need to provide contact details when they arrive.
Sunday is still a Holy Day of Obligation but given that some people won’t be able to attend Mass, the Archbishop’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass still applies. However, anyone who cannot fulfil their Sunday obligation by attending Mass must try to respect the Holy Day by some other way of praying, such as by watching a live streamed Mass prayerfully, praying the rosary, and similar.
Anointing of the Sick. If you or someone you know is sick, please contact the parish immediately.
Regarding all other liturgies (baptism, confession, funerals, etc) please contact the parish.
Please note that everyone attending Mass must be in the Church and have provided contact details before Mass starts so it would be appreciated if you were to arrive 10 – 15 minutes early. The door must be closed when Mass starts.
Anyone who is unwell should not attend Mass and anyone with co-morbidities or over the age of 70 should exercise particular caution.
There will be hand sanitiser available as you come into the Church.
Livestreaming of Sunday Mass
We will continue livestreaming the 9.30am Sunday Mass. To view online please copy and paste bit.ly/stjriverwood
I will thank you in advance for your co-operation with these measures which are for the good of society. Please continue to pray for those affected in any way by the coronavirus, for our civic leaders as they discern what is best for us all, and that the world will be soon be delivered from this scourge.
Fr John Doherty, Parish Priest
3 July 2020
Photos of the Church on Holy Thursday