St Teresa’s Church re-opens for Public Masses
We are very happy to announce that public Masses will resume at St Teresa’s Church as follows:
- Weekdays (Monday to Friday) at 9:15 am
- Saturday Vigil Mass at 6:00 pm
- Sundays: 8:30 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon
All Masses will be celebrated at St Teresa’s Church. Ss John Fisher and Thomas More Church will remain closed until further notice.
Because we will still need to follow the social distancing rules, we can only accommodate up to 48 people for every Mass. For weekday Masses, you can just turn up. If more than 48 people come, we will follow a first-come-first-serve policy.
For Sunday Masses (including the Saturday Vigil Mass), you will need to reserve a place – you cannot just turn up. To reserve a place, click the reserve button below.
- Baptisms: Baptisms will be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation: We hope to bring back Confessions on Saturdays later in July. Keep checking the website for updates.
- First Holy Communion Programme: We hope to hold the First Holy Communion Masses later this year.
- Confirmation Programme: Fr Dominic has been given the faculty to confirm the candidates himself this year, rather than Bishop Paul. It is likely that we will have more than one Confirmation Mass to allow us to observe the social distancing rules. We hope to hold these in the last quarter of the year.
- Matrimony: all weddings are postponed.
- Anointing of the Sick: No pastoral visits will be made to people who are self-isolating until the isolation period ends. When anointing the sick, the Oil of the Sick may 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.
- Funerals: Non-Eucharistic funeral services (i.e. one that does not include a Mass) are now allowed, with up to 15 people attending.
Parishes with Live Streaming
Apart from our very own St Teresa’s Church, there are several parishes in the Diocese of Westminster which stream their Mass services live. For a full list and links, see Other Parishes with Live Streaming.
- Daily Mass readings: provided by Universalis, using the Jersualem Bible and the Grail Psalms which are used in UK liturgies
- The Order of Mass (PDF) produced by the Liturgy Office
- Spiritual Communion
- The Liturgical Calendar for the Diocese of Westminster
- Masses Online (a leaflet produced by the Diocese of Westminster listing parishes with live streaming of their Mass services)
- Prayer guide for health workers by Paul O’Reilly SJ
- Pope Francis’ Marian Prayers for the Month of May
- A Prayer in Time of Coronavirus by Archbishop Michael Jackson
- Slow down, it’s COVID Time by John O’Donohue
- No one is alone! Prayer when confined to your home (PDF)
- Prayers during a time of flu and illness (supplied by the Liturgy Office)
- Prayer to your Guardian Angel when you cannot come to Mass
- Prayer for a pandemic by Cameron Bellm
- When Mass Cannot be Celebrated Publicly: a leaflet produced by the Liturgy Office
- Communities 1st: If you need help during the coronavirus crisis
- #PrayersOfHope Posters by Church Together in England
- Self-isolated? Why not make it a retreat? (PDF)
- Coronavirus: What You Can Do To Help (poster by Caritas Westminster)
- Living the Faith without the Sacraments: an excellent article by Catholic Answers
- Resources During Mass Suspension: compiled by the Diocese of Westminster
- Praying Unceasingly with the Liturgy of the Hours