New Covid-19 Restrictions from the Bishops’ Conference:
Communal worship, including prayers, Mass and other acts of worship can continue as normal following this covid-security guidance.
Marriage ceremonies As national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, only 6 people can attend a marriage (apart from anyone working as part of the ceremony) and these should only occur in exceptional circumstances. Weddings planned for the next 6 weeks should be deferred.
Funerals There must be no more than 30 people attending. Anyone working is not included as part of the 30 person limit. As national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, only 6 people can attend a commemorative event which would include the interment of ashes after a cremation. The immediate burial of a coffin after a church or crematorium-based service would be subject to 30 people or the restrictions imposed locally by the graveyard or crematorium authorities.
Life cycle events, such as baptisms, confirmations and other significant sacramental celebrations are subject to the covid-security determined limits of the church.
Small prayer and study groups, as national lockdown is essentially Tier 5, in person prayer or study groups (which would include catechesis for the celebration of the sacraments) should not take place physically, but only using online means.
Face Coverings must be worn in places of worship, unless you are exempt. This is now law.
Cleansing It is important that during this time all places of worship continue to provide hand sanitiser at points of access and egress, there should be stewarding and managed social distancing within the church space and that full cleaning of the space should be done immediately after the church has been in use.
The time that people are in the church should be minimised (so the use of liturgical choices should reflect this, including a short homily, the omission of the prayers of the faithful and any other permitted mitigations) and the church must be well ventilated even during the liturgical celebrations. There should be no congregational singing as part of the liturgical celebrations and if a choir or cantors sing, the choices of music should be such that the exposure time is not excessively prolonged.
It is very important to encourage all who attend our church to abide by these covid security restrictions and to protect themselves and those around them.
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.
Food Collection at St Margaret's for the Purley Food Hub.
We are starting a new food collection point at St Margaret's Church for you to put items in when attending Mass. There will be a large labelled plastic box in which to place your items. This is in the first lobby as you enter or if you are just passing by when the church is open. This will be taken to the collection point at Purley Food Hub at least once a week so please don't be put off by it appearing empty!
What is needed? Cartons of Long Life Whole Milk • Jars of Peanut Butter • Tins of Plain Meat - Chicken, Ham, Corned Beef Christmas Biscuits • Tinned Peas and Tinned Carrots • Tinned Dessert Fruit • Packet Custard requiring only water • Tins of Dessert Rice Pudding • Small Packs/Boxes of Tea Bags Chocolate Treats for Children • Small Washing Up Liquid • Adult Toothbrushes
You can find out more at : https://www.purleyfoodhub.net/
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Your Invitation to an Intercessory Prayer/Rosary Meeting
The meetings are every Thursday until 31/03/2021 from 20:00 to 20:40, using Zoom. Use this to join the meeting:
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Our Church History
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.