New Attendance Card required for entry to church
Our Archbishop has just instructed us to create an accurate record of those who attend Mass or any other service in the church from the 4th July. (This is in line with the ‘Test & Track’ initiative). Thus, you are required to complete attendance cards and bring these to church before attending Mass. Stewards will collect these cards from you before entry to the church. Your cooperation with the Stewards is necessary for our successful reopening. This is what the attendance card looks like:
Within the Documents (>Welcome) section there is a Template for Attendance document that you can print off and fill in. or fill in on your computer and print off. The stewards will make some provision for those without printing facilities.
A summary of points arising from the Archbishop’s letter on the resumption of collective worship at St Margaret's:
Commencing Saturday July 4th:
1. There will be two Vigil Masses on Saturdays 5pm – 6pm & 6:15pm – 7pm. On Sunday the Masses will be as follows 8:30am – 9:30am; 10:00am – 11:15am (live streamed via YouTube and Facebook) & 11:30am – 12:30pm.
2. Morning Masses during the week including Saturday will be at 9.30am and these will be live streamed.
3. The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
4. In order to adhere to the norm on social distancing, the parish can only take a total of 20 parishioners per Mass. We will have volunteers to ensure that we uphold that number.
5. The maximum safe operating capacity of the parish, based on social distancing guidelines, would be signposted at the door and that will be overseen by our volunteer stewards.
6. Our parish will carry on with the 2m social distancing.
7. All those coming for Mass must wear their face coverings; (this may not apply to those on the sanctuary).
8. Communion will be distributed under one kind.
9. Only the celebrant or sacristan should prepare everything for the celebration of Mass.
10. For now, only the Celebrant will distribute communion at Mass.
11. There will be no congregational singing at Mass until further instruction is given on singing.
12. During the Mass, readers will be supplied with single-use gloves and they are not to touch the microphones or Lectionary during the Liturgy of the Word, apart from page turning.
13. There will be no sign of peace.
14. The “Body of Christ” and “Blood of Christ” will be said once, and the congregation will respond “Amen”.
15. Communion will be distributed in silence, after the celebrant’s reception of the Body and Blood of Christ.
16. There will be a barrier between the celebrant and the communicant.
17. There will be no offertory procession of gifts of bread and wine to the altar.
18. The collection plates or baskets will be placed at the entrances of the church.
19. There will be no printed Newsletter for now; so if you desire to receive the Newsletter by email, send your request to email@example.com
20. The church will be closed after the Mass for cleaning.
21. Confession/Penance: There will be outdoor confession and confession inside the church. Those coming for confession must wear their face covering.
22. Funerals: Non-Eucharistic funeral liturgy may take place in the church followed by committal at a crematorium or cemetery.
Although St Margaret’s is now open for private prayer from 5pm to 6pm each Tuesday and Thursday, this will be discontinued after July 4th because we will be allowed to celebrate Mass every day.
The above is all I have for now.
God bless Fr Anthony
PS Please note that the toilets at church will be closed until further notice in line with the Archdiocese's guidelines.
NO PLACE FOR RACISM
A Message from our Bishops to the Young People in Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark
Racism is incompatible with the Catholic Faith. Whether expressed by the attitudes or behaviour of an individual, or the behaviour of a group, or through unjust structures in society that exclude and discriminate, there is no place for racism at any time or in any place. We say this again: there is no place for racism.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches very clearly that: ‘Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental rights on the grounds of sex, race, colour, social conditions, language or religion must be eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.’ (CCC 1935) Commenting on the death of Mr Floyd, Pope Francis said ‘we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form.’ He also went on to speak about the violent protests following Mr Floyd’s death: ‘[violence] is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.’ (General Audience, 3 June 2020)
Our Catholic Faith does more than condemn racism; it also calls us to challenge racism, to eliminate its causes, and to heal the wounds it brings. We each have a part to play in this, first by making sure that we always think of every other person as someone worthy of respect. We must uphold the rights, the equality, and the sanctity of every human life. To God, and to us, every life is a gift and irreplaceable. We affirm that every person’s life matters and that the life of every black person matters
The full text of this message can be found in the documents section (>Pastoral Letters) of this website.
Ordinations to the Priesthood
In our Archbishop’s Pentecost letter*, he announced “I will ordain Rev Dermott O’Gorman, Rev Peter Sebastian, Rev John Howard, and Rev Giovanni Prandini, to the Sacred Priesthood. I have discussed this with them and we have a plan to move forward. It will probably mean that very limited numbers will be able to be present, including priests; but each candidate desires to be ordained for service as a priest as soon as possible. Please keep them all in your prayers as they prepare to undertake their pre-ordination retreat.”
*NOTE: You can read our Archbishop's Pentecost letter in the Documents section (>Pastoral Letters) of our website.
Sprucing up St Margaret's Church inside and out, in readiness for re-opening!
Read our Archbishop's letter to Boris Johnson requesting that churches be opened now in the Documents section (>Pastoral Letters) of this website
Fr Anthony launches ‘JustGiving’ appeal
In order to protect the financial positions of its parishes, the Archdiocese of Southwark in April 2020 presented the 'JustGiving' platform to parish priests as a means of raising funds and augmenting their reduced income arising from the lack of Sunday Mass collections. We did not apply for it then because we had already begun our own fundraising for the CCTV/Live-streaming project.
Now, having succeeded in fundraising for that project, and in order to reach out to a wider community, we have been encouraged to use the 'JustGiving' website to promote and fund-raise for our church. The PA (sound) system particularly is long overdue for a total overhaul.
Donating to St Margaret's through ‘JustGiving’ is simple, fast, and totally secure. You can also Gift Aid your donations on the platform. Donations from within and without the parish are sent to our bank account via the Archdiocese of Southwark.
You can donate by clicking here.
As always, your generosity is very much appreciated.
Carshalton Beeches Mass Centre was established by Father Frederick Rhead in 1934, and served from Holy Rosary, Sutton, where Father Rhead was Parish Priest. A temporary chapel with a corrugated roof was built at the same time and blessed by Bishop William Brown, then auxiliary bishop in Southwark. It remained “temporary” for forty seven years! You can read the full church history on our Church History page.
You can print out our welcome booklet here