It has been several weeks since the end of June when churches were allowed to open, all be it with restrictions. At St Thomas More we now have a mix between in-church services and attending on Zoom. Being in church feels very safe and social distancing and hand sanitising procedures are strictly followed in church and those who want to attend in person on a Sunday need to contact Fr Prem early in the week before to book their bench. Only eleven benches are available at St Thomas More Church or nine when Mass is said at our sister church of St Hugh of Lincoln church in Woodstock, with one bench per household. Those in church wear masks throughout the service and receive Communion as they leave. However others in the parish can still attend on Zoom and the tech has been set up so they can see the altar. Numbers attending via Zoom remain high. To reduce movement in church, parishioners attending via Zoom are asked to do the readings, read the intercessions and provide the music, and can be seen and heard in church on a large TV screen.
There are Masses through the week as well, with a mixture of in-person attendance and Zoom possible, and times when the church is open for private prayer. These times can be found in the newsletter which can be found on the parish website www.catholicparish.kidlingtonandwoodstock.uk
At every Mass Fr Prem prays for the sick, key workers and for the end of the pandemic.
Many of the church diocesan organisations have gone on line with the Justice and Peace assembly and Catholic Charismatic conference, with links being available in the newsletter.
Margaret King, August 2020
For the previous report see here