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Thu, October 01, 2020

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Parish Guide. COVID-19 Information for Reopening

Dear Parishioners,
 
We are continuing the with Phase Two of the ease of lockdown. There are no new updates. All the guidelines issued last week remain the same. However, please note the following:   
 
Before you Arrive
You are asked to wear some kind of face covering while in the church. This can be a scarf or a face mask: disposable or reusable.
 
When You Arrive
You are asked to observe a one-way system within the church. If you are able please use either of the open porch doors to enter the church. There will be hand sanitiser on tables and doors will be open to avoid any unnecessary contact with door handles. Please observe 2m social distancing as you enter the building. Please use the hand sanitiser then move into the church so that others can access it. The exits to the church will be either via the side door in the church or through the Sacred Heart/ Divine Mercy chapel depending on which side of the church you are on.
 
Inside the Church
The distance between seats in the church. Alternate pews can be used. Pews that should not be used have been cordoned off. Each pew can have up to 3 individuals marked with a yellow tape to ensure correct distancing. Families from the same household can sit together, but if there’s a family in a pew there may only be a space for 1 individual at the other end of the pew. Passkeepers and volunteers will keep you right and you are asked to comply with any requests to move seats.
 
Private Prayer
Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 9.30am—11.00am, then on Sunday 3.00pm—5.00pm. This is to be updated as we monitor the situation in our parish. 
 
Sacraments
 
Reconciliation/ Confession:  This can now be celebrated but not in the confessional. A ‘suitable’ place has been designated for this in the church between the Sacred Heart/ Divine Mercy chapel and the parish house. Enter via the main porch doors of the church and wait within the main church at the markers within the pews. Those coming to confession can exit the church via the side door off the Sacred Heart chapel (which is where they will be) when they are finished.
 
Funerals: Funeral Masses can now be celebrated in church, but families are still free to just have the funeral service at the graveside or crematorium. Only minimal numbers of close family may attend, up to a maximum of twenty [20]. As part of the safety measures put in place to avoid people being infected, the list of the people attending has to be submitted to the Parish Priest ahead of time to help the NHS in contact tracing should any person fall ill during the celebration.
 
Baptisms: The Government has specified that only private prayer and funerals are allowed in church. No other activities or services are permitted. So for now there is no baptism, though it is permitted in danger of death.  
 
Marriages Though the Scottish Government has now allowed marriages, but  these can only be celebrated outdoors, and since Catholic marriages have to be celebrated in church we will need to wait until the restrictions are eased. So no marriages yet in Catholic churches. 
 
Votive candles
Votive candles are to be used, but the parishioners are not to touch the candles. They should ask the priest or a steward to light the candle(s) for them. Please note that social distancing should also be observed around the candle stands.
 
What Can I do?
We need your help! We need more volunteers (+ passkeepers) to help guide people to suitable spaces within the church and to disinfect the church after use. If you can help in any way please give your name to the Parish Priest. Many thanks to all those who have already volunteered and without whose help we cannot be opening now. Please note: the minimum age limit has now been reduced to 16yrs to accommodate more young people, and extended above 70yrs to allow for adults who have no underlying health issues to participate.  
 
God bless you all and may our celebrations together be joyful and full of thanks to the Lord for His goodness to us. We continue to remember those who have been called to their eternal reward at this time, praying God to bring them into his kingdom of life, light and peace; and also ask for consolation on their loved ones.
 
Parish Priest
 
NB:  You can always visit the parish website: www.stmartinoftours.rcglasgow.org.uk for more information on the Parish Guidelines for Reopening.

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