We have now held 5 public Masses in the church since lockdown and this weekend will see our first weekend Masses. In order to help you prepare for these Masses we have drawn up the information below:
Attending Weekend Mass
Before leaving the house please consider
1. Are you unwell? Do not come to Mass if you are displaying one or more symptoms of coronavirus i.e. a new persistent cough, a temperature or have lost your sense of taste or smell.
2. Have you been asked to shield? We ask you to please follow the advice of your medical professional. Please avoid attending Mass if you have been specifically advised to ‘Shield’.
3. Are you able to attend Mass on the weekday instead? The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is still suspended. We would encourage those people who are available to attend Mass during the weekday to join with us on the Webcam for the weekend Masses and leave space for those who can only come to a public Mass at the weekend.
4. Mass times are: Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 9.30am & 11.30am. People will be admitted to the church on a first come first served basis. Once the church is full we will close the doors.
5. There are no toilets available.
If you have considered the information above and are coming to Mass here is what to expect:
Entering the church
– As you approach the doors please be mindful of social distancing and keep 2metres away from others who are not in your household or social bubble.
– There will be ushers at the door who will spray sanitiser on your hands. Please rub this on your hands thoroughly.
– There will be no Missals available (although you are welcome to bring your own).
– There will be ushers to guide you on where to sit.
– Seating is only available on every other pew.
– A wooden marker has been put down closing each pew off at the middle. You can enter the pew from either side but cannot pass the middle.
– There will be no standing room and no additional chairs. You can bring a cushion if the pews are uncomfortable for you.
– Each half pew can hold either: a) 2 households with a combined total of 4 people; OR b) 1 household of 3 people or more.
– If the pew is empty as you approach it please move to the middle section.
– Do not leave your seat until instructed by an usher (except in the case of an emergency or urgent situation). This includes for communion and at the end of Mass.
– Pews, kneelers and doors will be cleaned in between each of the Masses. If you decide to bring your own wipes to clean down your seat, please ensure that they do not cause lasting damage to the wooden seats/varnish.
– If you are not planning to join the communion procession please sit in the middle section of your pew.
– A system has been tried and tested at the weekday Masses that we ask you all to follow
– The priest and ushers will guide you when to leave your seat and process to communion.
– Communion is not available on the tongue. Please take communion in your hand and place it in your mouth yourself before returning to your seat.
– There will be no Ministers of the Eucharist or of the Word. If you are unable to join the procession but want communion brought to you then please let the usher know.
– There will be no offertory procession until further notice
– Baskets will be available at the back of the church after Mass and any offerings can be placed into this as you leave.
– Any donation to The Larder can be placed in the usual place in the porch for the St Vincent De Paul volunteers to bring to the foodbank during the week.
We would like to thank you for your cooperation this weekend and into the future. St Colmcille’s has always been a strong parish community and, as a group, we together make the body of the Church. These guidelines will help us to make sure that we take care of the entire body of our Church at this time.
Resumption of Public Worship – Welcome Back
Dear Parishioners of St. Colmcille’s, Visitors and Friends.
After an absence of around three and a half Months we are delighted to be able to welcome you back for Mass again. Mass will be open to the Faithful from Monday 6th July at 9.30am and our normal schedule will resume thereafter:
- Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday at 9.30am
- Saturday Vigil at 6.30pm (Socially Distanced Confessions available at 6pm)
- Sunday at 9.30am and 11.30am
You will appreciate that we also must comply with continued Government Restrictions, therefore we ask:
- Do not attend Mass if you have a new persistent cough, a temperature or have lost your sense of taste or smell;
- Please avoid attending Mass if you have been specifically advised to ‘Shield’ by your Medical Professional;
- All those entering the church must use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter;
- While in the church building and grounds please be respectful of the two metre ‘social distancing’ rule and follow the instructions provided regarding seating and the reception of Holy Communion;
- You might wish to consider wearing a face covering or mask.
We wish to remind you that the Bishop has suspended the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. We recommend that you can, therefore, attend Mass on any weekday. This will help us to limit Sunday numbers.
We thank you for your continued patience, perseverance and co-operation.
Fr. Tony & Fr. Vincent
Church Opening Times for Private Prayer
Monday – Saturday 10.15am – 5pm
Sunday 11.30am – 5pm.
Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
please come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you now as if you were already there
and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
As Masses are no longer taking place in public, no Offertory Collections, or other Collections, are able to be taken up in our Parish. As you will appreciate, Parish and Church services are continuing; the bills and the Parish’s financial commitments carry on, with attendant and ongoing expenses.
Parishioners have been in contact with us inquiring how they can carry on supporting their Parish during this unprecedented time and this is very much appreciated. Your continued generosity is and will be invaluable during this period.
We would strongly encourage as many of you as possible to continue making your Offering by using your bank or building societies online banking app. It’s very easy to set up your regular weekly or monthly offering, and you have complete control to change the payments at any time. Please contact Philomena for our bank details. Email Philomena
If online banking is not for you, please consider posting a cheque to the Parish Office at 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3JB. Where you have envelopes, please include the relevant envelopes to help us maintain our records. If you have not yet received your new box of envelopes, please include your name and address with your cheque.
If you have any other queries relating to Parish finances please email Philomena who is available to assist you in whatever way she can.
I understand that we are in a time of great turmoil and uncertainty, during which many jobs and incomes are at risk. We fully appreciate that some of our Parishioners may be unable to support the Parish at this time. However, for those Parishioners who can continue to support their Parish I would urge them to do so.
Our Parish is wholly dependent upon your generosity.
Finally, I would take this opportunity to thank all our Parishioners for the fantastic support you have given to the Parish in the past and for your continued support.
From Wednesday 18 March, the public celebration of Mass was suspended in all Churches in the Diocese. This includes all religious houses where the public may attend and special gatherings of the faithful. All the faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of obligation.
Parishes will do all they can to raise awareness of available opportunities to participate in Mass via radio, TV, and web streaming. Information will be shared on the Diocesan website (www.downandconnor.org) and through parish social media.
You can visit St Colmcille’s website and check out recent tweets from Pope Frances and from other areas within the Diocese or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stcolmcilleschurch/. To participate in St Colmcille’s Masses online please visit our website at the following link: https://st-colmcilles.net/web-camera/
Welcome to our Parish Web Site.
The Parish of St. Colmcilles is located in East Belfast and our church, is on the Upper Newtownards Road. We are approximately 2 miles from the city centre.
The purpose of the Website is to give our visitors, and every member of our parish family, information about the times we celebrate the liturgy of the Church and also to inform people about the various ministries, groups and organisations in the parish; what they do, where and when they meet and whom to contact if you would like to know more about them.
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