Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mill Lane, Weston-in-Arden, Bulkington, Warwickshire CV12 9RU
Parish Priest: Father Michael Gamble S.T.B. (Dean VF), Father Mathew - Assistant Priest
St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth, Warwickshire CV12 8JH
Parish Sisters: Sister Mary Jane and Sister Beena
St Francis Catholic School, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth, Warwickshire CV12 8JN
Rugby Catholic Deanery: https://rugby-catholicdeanery.org.uk/

Part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216   Last update:  16 October  2020

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Re-opening of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart for Mass

Instructions for volunteer stewards

Dear all,

Please can I start by thanking you for your support during these difficult and uncertain times, without you we simply could not re-open our doors for Mass as we are doing on Saturday 4th July 2020.  During the weeks ahead, Masses will take place at the following times:

Saturdays- 4.00pm

Sundays- 9.30am and 10.30am:  

 Tues – Fri 9.30am   

With this in mind, we need your support on any of the above days.  In order to function most effectively, and maintain people’s health and safety, we need 3 stewards to support each Mass and to help clean the church afterwards.

Roles and responsibilities:

Please can all stewards arrive 20 minutes before Mass and write your name and telephone number in the signing-in book.

Instructions for the one steward who controls the crowd (entrance and exit)

·         Before Mass please ensure parishioners use the marked-out queueing systems. 

·         When parishioners are queueing please explain that they will be asked to sanitise their hands.  Also explain that another steward will direct them to their seats, and to please follow their instruction.

·         If the church reaches full social distanced capacity, please apologise to those still queueing and invite them to wait for the next Mass (if applicable).

·         At the end of Mass, please stand by the collection plate which will be placed near the exit to church.  Please open the back door to ensure parishioners do not touch door handles.

Instructions for the one steward in the foyer

·         The main entrance doors must remain open so that parishioners do not touch the door handles.

·         Welcome them in whilst maintaining a safe distance, ask them to sanitise their hands and read the signs displayed on the board.

·         Explain the seating process. Remind them that it is not compulsory to wear a face covering (2 m distancing in place) but they are welcome to wear one if they wish.

·         Direct them to the next steward who will usher them to their seats.

Instructions for the steward escorting to seats

·         Aim to fill up the church from the front first.

·         Stand in close proximity to the next available seat and wait for the steward to direct parishioner/s to you.

·         When the parishioner/s reaches you, maintain a safe distance and point clearly to the pew and seat you would like them to sit in.

·         Seat parishioners on the opposite ends of each available pew. 

·         In the case of household groups/bubbles, they can share a pew at the front of the church.  No other parishioners can then use the same pew.

·         Dismiss parishioners from the back pews first. Direct parishioners to leave directly and not to gather outside the church.

·         Disabled access- Please seat wheelchair users at the very front of church


Instructions for cleaning:

·         Always wear gloves, aprons and a mask for cleaning.  Gloves and aprons will be supplied by church but please provide your own mask.

·         Ensure all pews and kneelers (kneeling will be discouraged, but be aware of any parishioners who do kneel) are thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant, this is very important to avoid risk of transmission.

Health and Safety for all stewards and cleaners:

·         It is compulsory for stewards and cleaners to wear face masks and gloves.  The church has a limited supply.

·         Always make sure you maintain a 2 metre distance from parishioners and other stewards where possible.

·         Avoid touching door handles and statues, unless you are in the foyer and opening the inside doors for parishioners (leave doors open as much as possible)

·         In the case of an influx of people, ask new arrivals to wait patiently in a socially distanced queue outside.  There is to be no queuing inside church.

·         If you are feeling unwell or display any other symptoms, please stay at home and rest, following government guidelines, and inform Father.

·         If you begin to feel unwell whilst on duty, please inform another steward and leave the church.

·         Please report any concerns to Fr Michael/ Fr Mathew or the Sisters.

·         Please call the Parish office on 024 7631 2293 if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 after stewarding and/or cleaning and follow government guidelines.


NB:      There will be a MAXIMUM of 30 people per Mass.

Re-opening of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart for Mass

Instructions for parishioners

We are pleased to announce that Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will re-open its doors for Mass from this Saturday 4th July 2020.  During the weeks ahead, Mass will take place at the following times:

Saturdays- 4pm

Sundays- 9.30 am and 10.30 am:  

  Tues – Fri 9.30am   

As you will no doubt expect, we have gone to great lengths to help to ensure the safety or yourselves and other parishioners, and as a result, created a number of measures listed below that we require all parishioners to follow when coming to church to celebrate Mass.

·         Please only enter through the main church doors.  The side chapel door is not to be used.

·         Please do not touch any door handles whilst moving through the building, all doors will be propped open.

·         Please do not touch any statues in and around the church.

·         When you arrive outside church, please queue using the markers on the floor, this queuing system will maintain social distance. 

·         You will be greeted at the entrance by a trained volunteer (steward) who will direct you into church when it is your turn.

·          A steward will ask you to sanitise your hands and read all of the signs in the foyer.

·         The steward will direct you to another steward who will direct you to your seat/s, filling up from the front of the church. Please follow the stewards and their instructions as to where you can sit.

·         There will be one person per pew – seated at different ends – please see the signs on the seats

·         No standing will be allowed.

·         Household groups/bubbles will be permitted to share a pew at the front of the church.  Where possible we ask that members of the same household/bubble attend the same Mass in order to maximise the number of people in church.

·         When in church, please maintain silence where possible.

·         It is very important that parishioners do not move around the church once the steward has shown you to your seats.

·         Please remain seated and do not use the kneelers.

·         Please follow the signage and do not touch any statues, door handles etc.

·         If children attend Mass, please ensure that they stay seated with you and follow the ‘No Touching’ rules in place.

·         When Mass begins, singing is not permitted although prayer responses are.  Hand-shaking is also not permitted during the sign of peace.

·         All parishioners must stay seated to receive Holy Communion.  The Priest or Sister will move around the church to give Holy Communion.  Please receive the host with outstretched arm and on your hand only.

·         A collection will take place, we ask that you place your donation on the collection plate when exiting the church. Alternatively, we welcome donations via standing order.

·         The stewards will dismiss you at the end of Mass.  Please remain silent until you have fully exited church.

·         In order to exit church, you will be directed to walk through the main church doors starting from the back pews.

·         There will be no lighting of candles permitted.

·         There will be no toilet facilities available.

·         Please respect the stewards; they are volunteering their time to help the church community and to keep you safe.

·         The church has a reduced capacity due to social distancing regulations.  We recommend that you arrive from 15 minutes before Mass to enable the stewards sufficient time to implement health and safety measures.  Places in church will be allocated on a first-come-first-served-basis.

·         Please maintain a minimum safe distance of 2 metres from others at all times.

·         It is not compulsory to wear face coverings for the safety of yourselves and other parishioners as we are still operating the 2m distance rule, but if you wish to wear one, please feel free to do so.

·         If you not working, please come to a weekday Mass to leave space for those who are working to attend Mass at the weekend.

·         If you are feeling unwell or have any other symptoms, please stay at home and rest, following government guidelines.

·         Please call the Parish office on 024 7631 2293 if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 after attending Mass and follow government guidelines.

·         Please remember, at present the Sunday Obligation has been lifted and any Mass will fulfil your obligation. 

·         As there are only a limited number of places available, Masses will continue to be live streamed.  Anyone attending Mass does so at their own risk.


NB:      There will be a MAXIMUM of 30 people per Mass.



Here are the latest Guidance for Acts of Worship - Mass as of 25 June 2020.

Archdiocese of Birmingham - Re-opening Churches for Private Prayer It is the government’s intention to allow the phased re-opening of places of worship from 15 June 2020. It will begin with private prayer. In due course, there will be the opportunity for there to be public celebration of the Mass. This guidance specifically relates to re-opening churches for private prayer. Further guidance will be produced for the public celebration of Mass, which may not be possible for some time. Particular care will be needed if the Blessed Sacrament is exposed during times the church is open for private prayer. The Sanctuary should be cordoned off, and the church should be empty when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and reposed. 1. Responsibilities - Each parish priest has a duty of care to protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 to those who use the church and its grounds. This risk assessment will help you manage risk. You need to: • Consider the specific circumstances of each church • Identify what activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus. • Think about who could be at risk. • Decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed. • Act to remove the activity or situation, or if it is not possible, control the risk. Whilst our intention is to have open churches so that people may be at one with God, there is the consideration of the wider common good. Therefore, there may be circumstances where, having undertaken a risk assessment, it is concluded that the church cannot be re-opened in current circumstances in a manner where virus spread can be reasonably expected to be minimised. Click HERE to read the entire document (pdf file).

Church Re-opening For Private Prayer  (For some time on the future) I am very pleased to announce that we will be able to open Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church for private prayer in the near future.  This can only happen, however, while certain non-negotiable, strict guidelines are kept. Initially, a Risk Assessment has to be sent to the Diocese and a Health and Safety survey has been carried out to enable this.  Specific PPE also has to be obtained and these items are on order – however, until they arrive, we cannot open up the church. We will also need volunteers to act as stewards and cleaners – there is no expectation that any existing stewards or cleaners to volunteer. We are not allowed to accept kind offers of help from any persons who are deemed vulnerable, or who lives with a vulnerable person, or from anyone over 70- years of age (no matter how sprightly!). Those who volunteer will be given information about what their duties will entail – there is nothing too strenuous or complicated.   Mrs Cullerton will provide a session of (socially – distanced) training in the school hall, with regard to Safeguarding issues. If you can volunteer, please contact the presbytery OR EMAIL  AT michaelgamble1@btinternet.com .  Many thanks.  Fr Michael

Diocesan Liturgical Guidelines - Celebrations of Holy Mass As of Friday 20th March 2020, a major change is that the celebration of Mass will not be public in any setting. Priests will celebrate Mass privately each day. As they do so, the church will remain closed to the public – which includes all parishioners. NOTE: our parish webcam is available for the viewing of Mass at home via the Internet at https://www.mcnmedia.tv/cameras/our-lady-of-the-sacred-heart-bulkington. Mass intentions attached to these Masses will be honoured. As priests will only be required to celebrate one Mass each day, some Mass intentions will need to be postponed to a later date. In line with the Bishops’ Conference guidance, only priests may be present for the celebration of Mass. As even Deacons are not permitted to be present, I need to emphasise that nobody else may be present for the celebration of Mass. The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation is removed until further notice. 

Baptisms: should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely. In case of necessity, baptisms should be celebrated with all the hygiene precautions that have been laid down by the Church in its COVID-19 advice.

Confession: may be offered on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed (eg a physical barrier between the penitent and the priest such as a grille and cloth). The use of Rite II and Rite III of the Rite of Penance is not permitted as this, by necessity, requires the gathering of people in our churches.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: These celebrations should be postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our churches.

Confirmation: The celebrations of Confirmation should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume public worship.

Matrimony: If possible, the celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony should be deferred until such time that people can gather in numbers safely. However, if this is not possible and only in the most pressing of circumstances, then those present for the marriage should be restricted to the celebrant, bride and groom and immediate family, and if necessary, the legal Registrar.

Anointing of the Sick: No pastoral visits should be made to people who are self-isolating until the isolation period ends. However, do offer phone support. When anointing the sick, the Oil of the Sick can be applied using a cotton bud which can be burned afterwards (one end for the head and the other for the hands) and the priest extend his hands over the sick person for laying on of hands, without physical contact. This has been confirmed as a valid mode of celebrating the sacraments which involve “laying on of hands.” Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow advice from the staff on infection control.

Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil: This will be dependent on the forthcoming decisions of the Bishops for the Holy Week ceremonies.

Funerals: There must be great pastoral sensitivity to this issue. The funeral service should take place at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities. Arrangements should be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memoriam when congregations are allowed to gather.


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DATA PROTECTION PRAYER LIST If your name or the name of a friend or relative of yours is on the parish list of prayers for those who are sick, and you would like that name to remain on the list, would you please contact Fr Gamble. We need to make sure that you or your friend or family member has consented to their name being on that list. This is because the list can be seen by a lot of people, as it is put up on the noticeboard at the back of church, it is available for anyone to pick up in church and is also published on the internet through the parish website. This is necessary to make sure the church takes proper care of your information and complies with current data protection law.