The good news, of course, is that we can return to Mass. If you are in a high-risk category you are not obliged to come so please don’t take risks with your health. If you can come, we need to do it safely and responsibly.
If people just ‘turn up’ we will end up turning people away once we hit our limit (just 70 at St John’s). That makes no sense and we would be as upset as the people being sent back home. We are going to use a system where people can book.
We know it’s odd for us to book to go to Mass but we think it is the best way. That is what we will try for the first weekend.
Our 5 Masses that weekend (July 4th/5th) will be:
|Saturday||12 noon (this covers Sunday obligation)||St John’s|
|Saturday||6.00 pm||St John’s|
|Sunday||9.00 am||St John’s|
|Sunday||10.30 am||St John’s|
|Sunday||12 noon (outdoor Mass with picnic if you wish)||Sacred Heart|
Booking Through Eventbrite: There will be plenty of room for everyone who wants to come. Masses will be short. If you want to wear a mask please bring one. They are not compulsory.
It’s easier than booking flights or trains! Click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-john-the-baptist-catholic-church-tamworth-30528677234. Some may need help but please ask family and friends – only come to us as a last resort.
When the site is open click Select A Date then look at the list of masses and choose one. Then click Register. Next tell us how many ‘tickets’ (seats) you need. That will lead you to the last page where you give your name, email and phone number. You will also tell us if people coming with you can sit with you (if they are in your ‘bubble’). And that’s it. You don’t need to print anything. Just turn up.
One Mass will be an outdoor Mass at Sacred Heart. Families can bring a blanket but chairs will be there too. It’s a way to celebrate our return with a picnic in our ‘bubbles’ on the grass so, if you wish, please bring food and drinks and let’s make the most of the occasion!
There is also a Saturday lunch time Mass at St John’s. We will see if this different time might suit some people due to work, child care or shopping!
We need volunteers for each Mass. Stewarding has to be done carefully and then we have to wipe each bench after each Mass, as well as door handles. That won’t take long if we get 4 volunteers for each Mass. Can you please choose a Mass and help? Or just volunteer and let us choose a Mass for you, which is even better?