Coronavirus

Coronavirus / Covid-19

Resumption of Public Masses

The Government has announced that from 4th July, we may resume the celebration of public Masses. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to welcome you back to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. However, we must stick to the rules and guidelines issued by the Bishops’ Conference.

Obligation to attend Mass

It is important to note from the outset that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days has been suspended until further notice. Therefore if you are still shielding and unable to come to church, you are at no risk of falling into a state of mortal sin for not being at Mass. Similarly, those with any symptoms of Coronavirus are required to stay at home and must not come to the church.

Number of People

The number of people able to attend Mass at Corpus Christi, taking social distancing measures into consideration is 43. These seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and once we have reached this limit, we will not be able to admit anyone else.

Please maintain social distancing whilst in the church, and use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the church. The one way system remains in place with the entrance being via the glass doors next to Polpo.

Face Masks

Face coverings will be mandatory in Places of Worship from Saturday 8th August 2020. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. This is for the good of all who gather in the Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are people from differing households who they do not normally meet.

Priests in the sanctuary providing they are sufficiently distant (2m or more) from the congregation do not need to wear a face covering except when distributing Holy Communion.

Those going up for Holy Communion should unloop their face covering at the Altar rail and consume the Sacred Host and then replace the face covering before moving back to their pews in an orderly manner.

Concerning enforcement, the advice is that this cannot be done by stewards or members of communities, just as it is the case in shops. Public Health officials have been given extra powers to enforce the wearing of face coverings in public spaces with fixed penalty charges. However, their approach is to educate rather than penalise, and this approach would be sensible in the case of church communities.

GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON FACE MASKS & EXEMPTIONS:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Confessions

may be heard before Mass, or on appointment, however will be done in the Lady Chapel and with social distancing in place.

Missalettes

will not be distributed. If you would like the Mass texts to follow, we recommend buying your own CTS Missal for 2020 – currently on sale for just £1 from www.ctsbooks.org/product/cts-new-sunday-missal-2020 and to keep this on you.

Holy Communion

will be distributed after Mass, rather than at the usual point.

The Live Stream

will continue to operate 24 hours a day on our website at maidenlane.org.uk/live so that you can continue to watch Mass from home at the advertised times. Streaming on Facebook will cease.

Times of Masses effective from Saturday 4th July 2020

Saturday

Church opens at 5pm. Confession available until the start of Mass.
Holy Hour: 5pm – 5:45pm
Vigil Mass of Sunday: 6pm
The church will close after Mass.

Sunday

Church opens at 9am. Confession available until the start of Mass.
Mass in English: 9:30am
Mass in Latin: 11:30am
The church will be closed for cleaning between the Masses and will reopen at 11am. It will then close again after the 11:30am Mass.

Church reopens at 4:45pm.
Holy Hour with Vespers, Rosary and Benediction: 5pm

Monday, Wednesday – Friday

Church opens at 12noon. Confession available until the start of Mass.
Holy Hour: 12noon – 1pm
Mass: 1:05pm
The church will close again after Mass.

Church reopens at 4:45pm.
Holy Hour with Vespers, Rosary and Benediction: 5pm
Mondays only: 6:30pm Extraordinary Form Mass

Tuesday

Church opens at 7:45am.
Mass: 8am
The church will close again after Mass.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

When we are unable to receive Holy Communion, and indeed many times in the day, we may make a Spiritual Communion by turning to our Lord and desiring to be united to Him. The real solid value, in God’s eyes, of holy desires in general, is not half understood by us; they could so easily be nourished and yet are so rarely encouraged in our inner life. Much more will the desire of Holy Communion give God honour, as it makes our hearts so like His own. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque once said to her Divine Spouse, “My most loving Jesus, I wish to be consumed with the desire of You and since I cannot receive You today I will not cease to desire You” – to which our Lord answered: “I take so much pleasure in being desired, that as many times as the heart forms this desire, so often do I look upon it lovingly to attract it to Myself.” Let us often give this pleasure to our merciful Saviour, that we may reap from it the sweet fruit that He promises.

My Jesus, I most firmly believe that You are really present in the Blessed Sacrament. I place my whole confidence in You, and I love You above all things. Oh that I had never offended You! I ardently desire to be united to You, my loving Saviour, and never to be separated from You. What have I in heaven, and besides You what do I desire upon earth! Veni, Domine Jesu!