39 Duncan Terrace, London N1 8AL

22 March 2020 - SJE Covid-19 Notice

Dear Parishioners, 
in  response  to  the  Coronavirus  pandemic,  so  many  aspects  of  our  lives  must  change. Following  official  advice  and  in  order  to  keep  each  other  safe,  save  lives  and  support  the  NHS,  at  this  time our Bishops have directed that we must  not  gather  for  public  acts  of  worship in  our  churches. This will take effect from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice. 
Our  church  will  remain  open for a few hours every day.    It is not closing. In visiting the church at this time, please  observe  with  great  care  the  practices  of  hygiene  and  the  guidance  on  social  distancing. However, the celebration of one Mass here, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation. 
The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other.  There are many ways in which we can do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially   those who are elderly   and   vulnerable;   contributing   to   our   local   food   banks;   volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us. 
The Cardinal has written a letter to us all about these unprecedented times – there are copies on the table in the porch. There is also a list of parishes in the Diocese where Mass is livestreamed on the internet. That list is on the table as well.
Let us continue to pray for each other, for those who are sick, those caring for them in the NHS, and all those working hard to find remedies and a vaccine for the virus.

May God bless us all!

Fr Séamus
           Parish Priest

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