We need to observe the following guidelines when attending Mass:-
Don't attend if you or a member of your household is unwell with a cold, flu-like illness, cough or fever. Stay at home and follow one of the live-streamed Masses if you can at https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/live-mass
You need to book a place - see the "How to Book for Mass" section of this website.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of Mass.
Bring your own face mask or face covering and wear it at all times except for Holy Communion - which will be under one kind (the Host).
Use the automatic hand sanitizer provided when entering and leaving the church (or use your own sanitizer).
Follow the instructions of the stewards who will direct you where to sit, at Holy Communion, and on exiting the church.
Don't kneel in the pews as this will make you too close to anyone sitting in the pew in front of you, sit in the marked places as directed by the stewards
and please observe social distancing at all times.
There will be a box for offertory and other collections at the entrance to St Michael's Church and the exit of St Oswald's.
Sorry but the toilets are closed!
These measures are to make sure everyone feels safe when attending church. Let us all work together, follow the guidelines and be considerate of each other as we celebrate together in thanksgiving to God for the gift of the Eucharist.
Booking for weekend Mass is organized by Barbara our parish secretary.
- Booking starts on the Tuesday and closes on the Thursday at 1.30pm for Mass the following weekend. Places are limited so it will be first come first served, however those applying when bookings are full or closed can be booked immediately onto the following week.
- Five places at each Mass are reserved for booking by telephone by contacting Barbara at the Parish Office on 0118 9814572 between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm Tuesday-Thursday. This is for parishioners without online access.
A regular commitment from volunteers will be needed to help with church cleaning and stewarding at Masses.
Volunteers need to be under the age of 70, or if over 70 in good health with no serious underlying medical conditions that could make them more vulnerable to coronavirus.
giving your details which will be forwarded to Gina Poulter (St Michael’s) and Ellen Goodall (St Oswald’s) who have agreed to manage the rotas for volunteers.
Two stewards and one stand-by (in case of emergency) will be needed for each of the two weekend masses.