The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Diary

OUR CHURCHES WILL NOW OPEN FOR MASS

With effect from Monday 6th July we are opening our 3 churches for Mass.
THINGS WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT FROM BEFORE LOCKDOWN.
Our churches are restricted to the number of people in church for each Mass as follows:

St Theresa's 43
Corpus Christi 40
St Gregory's 28


The Sunday obligation is still suspended allowing you to attend a Mass during the week not just Sunday.
We MUST practise the 2m social distancing at all times. You will be asked to sanitise your hands on entry and departing the church. Masks do not have to be worn but the choice is yours.
Stewards will be on duty at the church doors and will then sanitise all areas when people leave the church.
We will be having additional Masses from our usual schedule. This will mean more morning Masses available during the week and one evening Mass at each church during the week.
Our Sunday Masses will remain at the same times as previous.

TO ALLOW AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO GET TO MASS EACH WEEK WE ASK YOU TO ATTEND JUST ONE MASS PER WEEK.

Initially until we understand and work out the safety procedures for Mass we
will NOT require the following:
  • Sacristans
  • Servers

During the Mass again for everyone's safety there will be:
  • NO HOLY WATER
  • NO SINGING
  • NO OFFERTORY PROCESSION
  • NO KNEELING
  • NO SIGN OF PEACE
  • NO CHILDRENS LITURGY

Also there will be no access to the following:
  • TOILETS
  • VOTIVE CANDLES FOR LIGHTING
  • PIETY SHOP
  • ADMITTANCE TO THE SACRISTY

BUT there will be basket for your offertory collection as you enter church instead of the bag passing between the congregations.

Holy Communion under one kind will be distributed at the end of Mass before you leave the church to avoid crossing other parishioners. This will be explained before Mass.

For half an hour after each weekday Mass there will be an opportunity for Confession. This will be in a private area within the body of the church. (This includes Saturday lunchtime)

The churches will then close at 11am (weekday) and 1.15pm (Saturday) for cleaning until the following day.

To attend a Saturday vigil and Sunday Mass at any of our churches with effect from 11th - 12th July and thereafter you MUST book a place by ringing 01132645260 any weekday morning or email office.stjohnnewman@dioceseofleeds.org.uk.
Your name and contact details will be recorded and retained for 3 weeks and then destroyed.

If you wish to help with stewarding please contact the Parish Office on 0113 2645260 any weekday morning or email as above.

Corpus Christi:
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Friday Masses at 9.30am
Thursday evening Mass at 7.00pm
Weekend Saturday vigil Mass 5.15pm - Sunday 10.30am

St Gregory's:

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday Masses at 9.30am
Wednesday evening Mass at 7.00pm
Weekend Saturday vigil Mass 6.30pm - Sunday 9.15am

St Theresa's:
Monday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday Masses at 9.30am
Tuesday evening Mass at 7.00pm
Saturday 12.15pm
Sunday 8.15am and 10.15am and 6.00pm

The Masses from the Cathedral will continue to be live streamed each day.

Removal of the obligation to attend Mass during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Owing to the serious situation, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has updated its guidelines. The Obligation for the Faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation has been removed, until further notice.

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