know, from 19 July, all legal Covid restrictions in England were lifted and
replaced with guidance and recommendations. However, the virus is still present
and spreading, and we are advised to act with caution and care, for ourselves
and each other. If all things stay on track, and once approved by the parish
council, I hope that the following will be our plan:
use hand sanitiser on the way in and out of church
Sign in on the sheets in the church porch
Wear face coverings, unless exempt
Join the choir in singing, but without hymn
Stand for the Gospel
Re-introduce bidding prayers/intercessions
Distribute communion during Mass
Leave by the church porch and use hand
maintain good ventilation and general cleaning
to a good standard
Eucharistic Ministers can resume taking Holy
Communion to the sick and housebound
Return the benches to the church, making the
hall accessible again
Resume with Servers at Mass and recruit new
Either start to use the hymn books or sheets
Re-start the mass sheets and printed
Re-introduce the offertory collection and
bringing forward of gifts during Mass
Begin to follow the normal pattern of sitting,
standing and kneeling during Mass
Re-start the opportunity to have tea/coffee
after 10.30 Sunday Mass
re-start Mothers’ Prayers
Re-start the church cleaning group
Re-start the collection group to count the
Introduce additional weekday Masses
Begin the Sacramental Programme for
Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Plan both liturgical events and social events
to help welcome people back and re-start groups in the parish to begin to ‘Rebuild
my church …. Rebuild the community’
will have a busy but exciting opportunity over the coming months!
that circumstances will allow each of these steps to be taken around these
times, but we will need to follow advice and assess each move in the coming
months. I hope these details help to keep you informed; if you have any
questions, concerns or suggestions as we gradually make these changes and
respond to different circumstances, please do not hesitate to speak with me or email at
January 2021: weekend masses continue during National lockdown
Weekend masses will continue at St Gregory's Church from the weekend of 9-10 January onwards. This is in line with government guidance that churches in England can remain open for communal worship during the national lockdown, which commenced on 5 January, providing the necessary steps are taken to keep people safe. We will continue with our current COVID security measures during the celebration of Mass at St Gregory's Church.
Please call Paul Kerryson on 07854 609757 to reserve your place at mass. Your booking will then be confirmed by reply.
• Please do not attend if you suspect that you have any symptoms.
• Please wear a face mask and keep 1m+ distance at all times, inside and outside the church.
• Please note that, due to the ongoing roof repairs, there will be very limited or no parking up at the church/house.
A message for all from Fr Martin (9 December)
Christmas 2020 will be a very
different experience for all of us in many different ways. I am still confident
that we can move back into the church to celebrate the Christmas Season this
year; this will give some familiarity and a certain sense of normal. However,
due to the Covid restrictions, the capacity of the church will be limited. It
is unlikely that we can accommodate everyone on Christmas Day itself, and that
is why I am mentioning the 'Christmas Season', the whole period of Christmas
and the Christmas Octave in particular.
the help of Fr Roman and Fr Graham, we are offering an additional Mass on
Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. This means that there are 9 Masses
available over the Christmas weekend. And in addition, there will be a morning
Mass each day during the Christmas Octave, taking us up to the following
weekend. Please see here for mass times and how to book.
Hopefully, this will allow everyone
who is able to celebrate Christmas 2020. You may wish to consider carefully how
best you and your family will celebrate this year, and I particularly encourage
those who may be more vulnerable due to age or underlying medical conditions to
consider attending Mass on the weekdays which are likely to be less crowded and
where you may feel more comfortable and Covid safe.
will be necessary to book for all of these Masses as we expect many of them to
be at the limited capacity and it will not be possible to squeeze anyone into
the church without a prior booking, and importantly, a booking that has been
confirmed. I am very grateful to all our wonderful stewards who will help with
seating arrangements, Covid safety and sanitising at all of these Masses; without
them we would be far more limited.
A message for all from Fr Martin (2 December)
I am delighted that we can meet again to celebrate Mass together as we come out of the national lockdown and into Tier 2. Weekend Masses will resume in the Barn at Savio with the usual booking system. Please note that in Tier 2, while places of worship are open, the guidance states that 'people cannot interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble'. Therefore, we need to maintain social distance both inside and outside the Barn/Church as well as wearing face coverings and keeping to all the other requirements in order to stay safe and reduce the risk to others. Those who are particularly vulnerable are advised to be especially careful.
A message for all from Fr Martin (5 November)
As I write this and we go to print, we
are entering the second national lockdown and the second closure of churches
and places of worship.
Whatever our political opinion, this is
another difficult time for all of us and particularly difficult for those who
are more isolated and vulnerable in our parish community. In the months of the
first lockdown many of you made a really huge effort to support each other and
especially those who were more isolated; I am sure this will happen again and
will probably be even more important during these winter weeks.
Despite efforts to lobby and challenge
the government, the closure of churches and not being able to celebrate Mass as
a parish community is going to be a sad reality again. This means that we will
be unable to celebrate First Holy Communion with the children as planned for
November; their patience is really being tested.
But some good news: In order to help us
to celebrate Mass together, virtually, I am aiming to livestream Mass from the
Savio Community Chapel at 10.30am each Sunday morning during this lockdown. We
will begin this Sunday 8 November and here is the Facebook link.
You can also watch the Mass afterwards its
been said on the same link.
In other good news: the roof repair has
started on time. The scaffolding is up around the church and the roof tiles
have been delivered. Let's hope and pray that the weather does not cause any
Please keep in touch with each other
during the coming weeks and let's all try to support each other in whatever
ways we can.
Have a good week.
24 September 2020: Mass will resume on 26/27 September at Savio House Barn
Thanks to the generosity of the Salesian community at Savio House and the hard work of a number of parishioners getting the venue ready, mass will resume as follows at Savio House Barn:
will be held in the barn at Savio House:
at 6pm and Sundays at 8.30am and 10.30am
before you will need to book your place at mass as space is limited.
phone on 07831 457442 to reserve your place
As we move into Tier 2
- High alert level in Cheshire East, please continue to be careful and safe when attending Mass.
- Please remember to book each week using the number
- Please do not attend if you suspect that you have any
- Please wear a face mask and keep 1 m distance at all
times, inside and outside the barn.
- Please use the car park, rather than the front of the
house, for parking. (Those with limited mobility have pre-arranged parking
closer to the barn)
3 August 2020: Church to be closed until further notice
This morning a large section of the church roof fell to the ground, fortunately without injuring anyone.
people/companies have visited the church today to assess the damage and what
needs to be done, but for now the church and the surroundings are not safe and, therefore, there will be no mass in church until further notice and THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED.
continue to keep you updated through the newsletter and the weekly parish
4-5 July - Mass at St Gregory's church
Good news! We have received approval from the Diocese office to resume Mass this weekend. For the time being, there will be three masses each week: 6pm on Saturday; 8.30am and 10.30am on Sunday.
The layout of the church has been adapted to comply with 2 metre social distancing. To ensure we do not exceed the maximum numbers allowed for each Mass, parishioners will need to register to attend and wait for confirmation. If you would like to attend, please phone or text 07831 457442..
Please also note the following:You will need to wear a mask/face-covering for mass You should not enter the church if you have cold or flu-like symptoms. Please use the hand gel sanitiser when you enter and leave church. Please sit in designated seating (as directed by the volunteer stewards) and adhere to the one-way system in operation. Social distancing (2 metres) should be maintained inside and outside the church. You will not be able to use the kneelers and there are no toilet facilities. Please take home any printed materials used in the church.
We are in the process of tentatively re-opening the
church for one hour each day on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June for short
periods (no more than 15 minutes per person) of private prayer and thereafter
on weekends only (times to be decided).
We have received a comprehensive document from
the diocese called ‘Health and Safety Guidance for the
reopening of churches for private prayer, Covid secure’ which we are following to ensure the safety of all.
I have appointed Louise Handbury as our Covid-19 Lead
who will co-ordinate the re-opening which is dependent on :
1. A successful professional deep clean booked for Thursday 18 June
2. Approval of
our Risk Assessment which needs to be submitted to the Curial Office
before we can open.
3. Having enough stewards to ensure social
distancing during visits
4. Having enough people willing to clean the
church during/between visits
In order to re-open the church we need
volunteers to assist with stewarding visitors to the church (max allowed 10 at
a time) and cleaning surfaces after visits.
If you would like to volunteer you must be under 70, have no underlying
health conditions, not be pregnant and not be shielding or living with someone
who is shielding or in a vulnerable group.
Please contact to volunteer. Full
training and protective equipment provided.
Due to the announcement last night the church will no longer be open for private prayer.We will still be producing the newsletter in its usual format and putting it online as usual.
18 March - email to all parishioners
We have just received a directive from Cardinal Vincent
Nichols, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to stop acts of worship in
our churches from Friday 20 March 2020:
“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, in response to the
Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes
the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that,
following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and
support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in
our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until
further notice. Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will
be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. However,
the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place
without a public congregation.
The letter from the Cardinal is below for you to read in
full. Below is a summary of what this means for our Parish:
There will be no mass at
St Gregory’s church until further notice.
Fr Tony will honour any
mass intentions (either in the book or sent to him) by saying mass at
There will be no
weddings or baptisms until further notice.
Funerals will be
conducted at the graveside or at the crematorium by a designated deacon.
Confirmation and first
communion programmes in our Parish have been deferred to a later date (to
Fr Tony has arranged for
the church to be open for private prayer between the following times:
Monday to Friday 9.30-11.30am
During this time of
silent private prayer, Fr Tony asks that people stay well apart from each
other and do not instigate any communal prayer with others.
Please feel free to call Fr Tony (07842 774 551) if you
would like to speak to him about any of the above or indeed anything else.
As Cardinal Vincent Nichols says “During these disturbing
and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue.
Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual
support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too.
For your commitment to this, we thank you."
As a Parish we are looking at ways we can help anyone in
need. In the first instance, if you know of anyone who would like to receive a
daily/weekly phone call from fellow parishioners, or needs help with shopping,
or would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter each week, please call
or Annette Hurst .
May God bless us all,
St Gregory’s Church Office
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issues a directive stopping all masses in churches in England until further notice.
There will be no mass at St Gregory's Church from today.
Please find below the letter from Cardinal Vincent
17 March 10am Fr Tony has ceased saying mass in the Parish
Fr Tony announced that in the light of the coronovirus outbreak, and being over 70 himself, he has been advised to confine himself to Savio House until further notice so there will be NO MASS on 18, 19, 20 March.
For news on weekend masses - please keep checking this page
Do you need help?
Do you or anyone you know need any help during these difficult times. Perhaps getting some shopping or running errands or just a friendly phone call once in a while.
If you do need some help, please contact in the first instance.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, we will not be decorating the church with lilies this year at Easter. Again watch this space for any other plans.
Prayer leaflet for when we can't get to mass
Fr David O'Malley has sent a prayer leaflet for families and individuals to use when they can't get to mass. Please consider printing this out for anyone you know who does not have access to a computer.