My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Welcome home. I have missed you greatly. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. I look forward to seeing you and welcoming you back to the Lord’s House for a time of private prayer.
Important points when visiting Saint Joseph’s
Please find summarized below the key points from the Bishop’s Guidance on preparing for the re-opening of Churches in Scotland. Our churches will shortly begin to reopen, for private prayer and for funerals, with all preparations in our churches done according to government guidelines and protocols.
- Car Parking spaces at the church will be restricted for those with mobility issues.
- Parishioners are asked to arrive early so seating may proceed smoothly.
- The Scottish Government’s recommended social distancing guidelines must always be adhered to at church, i.e. entering, sitting, standing, leaving.
- Face coverings should be worn by all those in the church during private prayer or mass.
- Toilets in the church or hall must remain closed and are not available for use.
- Antibacterial hand gel will be positioned at the points of entry and exit. Please use these to prevent contamination of surfaces.
- It will not be permitted to light votive candles.
- Parishioners may only pray at their designated pew and should not move around the church to visit altars or statues.
- To avoid congestion there will be separate entrance and exit arrangements. Please follow the guidance given by the volunteer pass-keepers.
- Each church will only be able to open according to the number and availability of volunteers.
- Improved cleaning will occur in churches, but no one should expect that they will be any safer from germs than other public places. There remains a risk for anyone who attends church services. Even with the best health practices and strict social distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize there is a risk of contracting coronavirus.
- Parishioners who are shielding according to Scottish Government guidance should not come to church until Scottish Government guidance advises them it safe to do so.
- Parishioners aged 70 or over, pregnant women, and those who receive the flu jab for medical reasons are currently able to leave their homes for essential purposes. In making a decision to come to church they are asked to follow Scottish Government advice.
Stay Safe Pray Safe – A Video Guide to Reopening of our Churches for Prayer
Additional parish information
If you are sick or housebound and require a visit from Father Stephen, please contact him at the chapel house and leave your contact details. 01416442640.
Help & Support
If anyone is isolating or you know of anyone vulnerable needing support please contact Helen Dougall 07926527550 who is co-ordinating volunteers to bring shopping/ medicines in Eaglesham and Waterfoot or Eleanor in Giffnock firstname.lastname@example.org
Please phone 01416442640. Father Stephen is available to hear confessions if requested on a one to one basis in the house.
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The latest information from the Catholic bishops of Scotland
Please visit the Bishop’s Conference for Scotland Covid-19 page to access the latest information, guidance and other documents related to COVID-19 and its implications for Catholic communities in Scotland.
When travelling to church, please bear in mind the advice of the Scottish Government’s Stay Travel Safe campaign.
The main points are:
- Stay at home and stay local.
- If you do need to travel, try walking, wheeling, or cycling to reduce pressure on the roads and on public transport where capacity will be limited.
- If walking, wheeling, or cycling, you must maintain physical distancing on the dedicated paths and routes.
- Plan ahead if you need to use public transport.
- If you must drive, avoid busy times.