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, Sister Beena and Sister Lisa Therese
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:  22 May 2020

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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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1. Introduction

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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.