Welcome to St Peter's
See newsletter HERE for when masses are celebrated in the Parish.
Masses have been celebrated every day by the Parish Priest during 'lockdown'.
CHURCH OPENING DATE/TIMES
WE ARE OPEN FOR MASSES ON
Monday to Friday 10am
Saturday 11am and 5.30pm
Please let as many people know so that they can come to Church.
1. There is a one-way system for entry (from the car park) to exit (on the High Street)
2. Hand-gel is provided for sanitising on entry and exit
3. There is enough space for 14 (+ 3 reserved seats for Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters) people in the Church (keeping social distancing) with individual pews marked. 1 person per pew unless people are a couple, then 2 per pew or people are a family then 4 per pew.
4. If we are at capacity then the Church entry is closed. When Mass starts the Church entry is closed.
5. Please bear in mind that during this time we are not permitted to open our toilets for the public
6. Confessions are being heard in the presbytery.
Message about the coronavirus from Archbishop Bernard Longley:
can be watched HERE
As a sad but necessary consequence we must, from this morning (24/03) , ensure that the doors of all churches and chapels in the Archdiocese are closed to the public and that they remain permanently locked until these restrictions are lifted. In this way we shall continue to play our part within every parish in fighting the Coronavirus and to show our solidarity with all those who are striving to overcome the current pandemic.
In the meantime it will still be a great consolation to your parishioners to know that Mass is being celebrated daily in their local church and that they are spiritually united with the celebrant and with one another as beneficiaries of the Sacrifice of Christ.
The Prime Minister also stated that all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals (with restrictions), must henceforth cease.
Please take good care of yourselves so that you are able to care for others. Archbishop Bernard Longley
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. In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.
However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.
Cardinal Vincent Nicholls
Read full letter HERE
Read liturgical advice HERE
last bulletin update of 22/06/2020
Saint Peter's Church, Bloxwich
Donating to Parish during lockdown
It is appreciated that many of our parishioners may be struggling financially at this time—you know that that the Parish continues to try and help those in need (see newsletter). However, we have received enquiries from parishioners about how they can give during this period when they cannot attend Mass. There is now an online facility provided by the Diocese and can be accessed here:
Flowers left outside the Church doors during the Coronavirus lockdown - put next to Our Lady.
Ave Maria - Ora pro nobis.
Please pray that public masses will return soon
Jesus tells Saint Peter to feed my sheep