A Message from Father Matthew – September 2020
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I thank you all for your support during this difficult time in our lives due to Covid-19. I know that very many of you have found comfort and connexion to our church by watching Live Streaming of Masses throughout the country and indeed in other countries. Through Live Streaming we have been able to reach out to so many, both far and wide and within our local area. It has, I am happy to say, connected families all over the world.
I have missed you all very much and I am very pleased that many of you are now returning to Public Mass in church. Last weekend 25 attended Public Mass at St Gerard’s over the weekend and there is nothing better than being in God’s house.
For your safety we have an excellent team of Volunteer Stewards who carry out excellent work keeping all who come to Mass safe under Government and the Archdiocese of Birmingham guidelines.
There is still no obligation to attend Mass and many of you are still shielding but it would give me great happiness to see many more of you at Mass. Now that the children are returning to school next week, to receive you and your families at Mass would be a joy.
Baptismal Preparation classes will begin next week and we look forward to receiving a number of children into our Church over the forthcoming weeks. We have a wedding booked for next year and are hoping to complete the receiving of our RCIA candidates in due course. Never had there been a better time to restart, renew, reenergise, reinvigorate, re….. our relationship with God.
God Bless you all, stay safe and take care.
Already a volunteer:
The guidelines for volunteers are dependent on what area of volunteering you are in and what your volunteering entails, it is important to remember that the volunteering sector is broad so different rules may apply. You should contact the organisation you volunteer with to find out if they are still open and what to do next. If you are still required it is likely that your volunteer role will change, for example you may be asked to contact service users by phone rather than face-to-face, or if possible, you may be asked to work remotely. You should at all times follow the government and NHS health advice, by ensuring that you are making sensible decisions and minimising the risk to your own and others health at all times.
To read the full version of the guidelines, please click the link Volunteer guidelines v2