RE-OPENING ST NICKS FOR MASS ON SUNDAY 5TH JULY – Letter from Richard
Dear Sisters and Brothers of our Parish Community,
Can I thank you all for your continued support of each other, the parish family and the mission of the parish, by your prayer, your communication with each other, your financial giving, your sharing in live-streaming talks and Mass and in so many other ways. I believe our community has shown its strength and its commitment to care for another and all those in our area entrusted to us by the Lord. THANK YOU!
On Sunday we can begin to return to Mass. This is a great joy for us, but it will also involve sadness as we come to terms with necessary restrictions. The restrictions are in the interest of public health – keeping each other and our city community safe from the potentially fatal Covid 19 virus. This calls on us to make sacrifices even as we return to Mass. Both the government and our Bishops have laid down strict protocols we must observe during Mass. These will be operative until notified otherwise.
At our Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Tuesday the following was decided:
 In order to welcome as many as possible to our Sunday Mass it was decided that we adopt 1 mtr+ safe distancing WITH THE COMPULSORY WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS. Family groups will be able to sit together with 1 mtr+ gap between adjacent family groups or individuals. We estimate that we can accommodate up to 100 people in this way, though until we have celebrated Mass we cannot be sure and the number may be less.
 Everyone (except the presiding priest and the three assisting servers on the sanctuary) MUST WEAR FACE COVERINGS. If you do not have one, then one will be supplied to you.
 There will be three stewards at the entrance to the church who will guide family groups and individuals to a designated seating space. You are likely not to be able to sit where you are accustomed to sitting, so please co-operate with the stewards.
 Stewards will also guide you to and from Holy Communion, observing the 1 mtr+ spacing while queuing for Communion (which is to be received only in the hand and -sadly- under One Kind only – no chalice.
 Stewards will also guide you at the end of Mass to exit the church safely. Again, please co-operate. When greeting one another outside the church please be aware of others exiting and the need to observe safe distancing on Church premises.
 There will be no singing, as singing projects droplets potentially carrying the virus twice the distance.
 Sadly there will be no Children Liturgy as being not possible to offer this with safe distancing.
 There can be no Offertory Procession, so please leave you offerings in the baskets at the door, either on the way in or on the way out – thank you. Also please leave goods for the Food Bank at the door of the Sacristy and they will be taken to the Food Bank at the earliest opportunity.
 Please note that only the priest, 3 altar servers and sacristans are allowed into the Sacristy before and after Mass – again because of the requirement for safe distancing.
 Please collect your box of new Offertory envelopes from Robert at the door when leaving – thank you.
 Everyone will need to sanitise their hands on entering and exiting the church.
 All will have to remain in their places for the non-contact sign of peace.
 There will be one toilet only available and we ask this be used only if really necessary – the disabled access toilet in the parish hall. Entry will be guided by a steward who will also be responsible for cleansing the toilet after each person has used it. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult when going to the toilet.
 The Lady Chapel will not be in use, because safe distancing is difficult and the enclosed and poorly ventilated nature of the Lady Chapel presents extra risk of infection.
 Readers, Eucharistic Ministers (2 only at Sunday Mass) and servers (3 only at Sunday Mass) will need to attend a practice on Saturdays at 2.00pm
 We need suitable volunteers for stewarding (4 each Sunday), for deep cleaning the Church on Friday mornings and after Sunday Mass. Please contact the Parish Office 01179090419 to volunteer – thank you)
Please note that Monday to Friday Mass (or a Service of Word and Communion) will be celebrated at 6.00pm, with Adoration from 5.30pm; Saturday Mass at 12 noon with Adoration from 11.00am; Sunday mass at 10.00am, with the church open from 9.30am and doors locked at 10.00am as Mass begins. All Masses will be on the main altar and we will live-stream the Mass as soon as we can do so reliably. The cost of enabling this to happen will be in the region of £2500. Already we have received donations of £1500 for which we are most grateful to help us maintain this new form of mission and ministry.
Your Parish Pastoral Council will keep these measures under constant review so that we can adjust them in the light of experience and new guidance.
Thank you to all volunteers enabling us to gather for Mass safely, abiding by the above necessary measures. Thanks to all of you also, for doing all you can to make our Mass as prayerful, joyful and safe as possible in these strange circumstances. Shalom! Richard
LIVE-STREAMING MASS FROM THE CHURCH From Sunday July 5th, both Sunday and weekday Mass will be celebrated in the church. Before Covid-19 the Parish Pastoral Council had decided to arrange for the Sunday Mass to be live-streamed for those unable to attend Mass because of age, work or illness. We did not have the opportunity to act on this decision before the church had to close. However we have live-streamed daily and Sunday Mass throughout the Lockdown. Daily Mass attracts between 35 and 55 ‘viewers’ and Sunday Mass at least 250, usually 350 and even reached 970 one Sunday! People from around the world have benefitted from these live-streamed services. Clearly there is a new ministry developing here! We are arranging for the equipment to live-stream Mass effectively (especially the sound reproduction) as soon as possible. This will cost about £2500 – thank you for the generous donations already received of £1500! We invite donations. Thank you!
PARISH MINISTRY CONTINUES  The Parish Office is open from 10am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday so that our ministry of care and support, especially for the poorest who need our Food Bank and Caritas Fund, can continue. Please phone the parish office (0117-9090419) during these times or myself at the presbytery (0117-909-8810 – at any reasonable time) with your questions, concerns or need for any kind of support.
 Apologies, but a word about Parish Finance! We are experiencing a marked increase of calls on our Caritas Fund and Foodbank as the health crisis increases and many more people find themselves with little or no income. We are committed to meet this need as far as we possibly can – as Pope Francis says ‘we are the Church of the Poor, the Church for the Poor’. But we need your continued help and generosity! We are dependent upon our weekly collections but if no Public Mass there is problem! We ask you to continue your weekly offering: either by making a standing order to the parish account or filling in the Diocesan Standing Order and Gift Aid Form (email for details); or by giving you cash offertory and donations to the Food Bank to the Parish Office during Office hours or through the Presbytery door.
Welcome to St Nick’s, Bristol
PRAY MOST ESPECIALLY FOR THE SICK, FOR ALL HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN HOSPITALS, CARE HOMES AND THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS ENABLING OUR SOCIETY TO FUNCTION AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE ALSO PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND ALL NATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE STRUGGLING WITH THIS PANDEMIC. SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER WITH KINDNESS AND CARE, ESPECIALLY OUR ELDERLY AND MOST VULNERABLE. LET US EXPLORE HOW WE CAN EFFECTIVELY SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS – LET THE LIGHT OF CHRIST’S COMPASSION AND LOVE SHINE THROUGH US AND GIVE THE GLORY TO GOD!
Whether this is your first time to our Church family, or you have been coming here for many years – all are very welcome to be part of this wonderfully multi-cultural and diverse community of faith and friendship.
This parish has been witnessing to Christ and serving the people of this part of Bristol since 1848.
We are a ‘Communion of Communities in Mission’ with more than 60 nationalities who gather each Sunday at 10am to celebrate God’s great Love for the world in our Mass.
Our commitment is to be a people at the service of the poor, both locally and globally; to be a community of warmth and welcome; to be a community of healing and hope. We are committed to work for the unity of the Church with our brothers and sisters of other Christian traditions, sharing mission and worship together; and to seek to build a fellowship of all believers among the many world faiths in our area.
In other words, we have long been seeking to grow as the kind of community that Pope Francis envisages in his Letter ‘Joy in the Gospel’
All are welcome
Sunday Mass – 10:00am
First Sunday of the Month at 3pm – Mass for people with special needs with the Clifton Catholic Fellowship
THE ABOVE ACTS OF PUBLIC WORSHIP ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS BY ORDER OF THE BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES
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