08.30 For the Parish
Web – available anytime Holy Souls
08.30 Kathleen Bowman RIP (Bowman)
Web – available anytime Fr Francis Hartley RIP + Fr Ed Hartley RIP
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We are slowly emerging from the Lockdown necessitated by Covid. Restrictions are easing and the Catholic Church has been carefully considering what we can and cannot do at this stage. There will be a gradual lightening of our parish “lockdown procedures” as the weeks go by.
- In response to the numbers now attending the 10.30 mass we are today reinstating a Eucharistic minister to help with the distribution of Holy Communion. We cannot restore the practice of offering the chalice yet. We will reinstate ministers at other masses in due course. Be assured that the ministers will receive special training in safe Covid practice.
- I am keen to reintroduce the offertory procession as part of our liturgy, but the collection cannot be taken through a basket or pouch being passed along the rows. I ask you therefore to please make your offerings in the baskets as you ENTER the church so that the basket can be brought forward in the procession.
- Social distancing of 1 metre is now all that is required, given that we are continuing to wear face coverings, that we are not positioned face to face, that the level of ventilation is high and that we are not yet returning to communal singing or recitation of the Gloria and Creed.
I have a feeling that every step away from the restrictions will feel almost as unsettling as the steps we took into the restrictions a year ago. We will all need to be aware of our own reactions and manage them carefully. Meanwhile I remain immensely grateful to everyone for your cooperation and to all who have gone the extra mile to keep us safe, especially the stewards.
FATHER FRANCIS HARTLEY RIP
Fr Francis’ anniversary is this week on 28th May. Mass that day will be for the repose of his soul, and will have special prayers for the occasion. The web mass next weekend will also be for him and his brother so that friends and relations elsewhere can engage.
LES CONNOR RIP
His Funeral will be on Monday 24th May at 10am. All are welcome.
RAYMOND SMITH RIP
We are sorry to announce the death of Ray. His funeral will be in Hawkinge with a small separate remembrance mass in Bexley. As soon as we know any other details, we will let you know.
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