Christmas Eve 24 December, Vigil Mass 5pm
Christmas Eve 24 December, Mass during the Night 8pm
Christmas Day 25 December, Mass during the Day 10am
You are respectfully reminded that it is necessary to wear face coverings in church unless you are exempt.
Father Paul Gunter OSB would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and holy Christmas.
Masses streamed / recorded
Sunday Masses are scheduled to be broadcast at each week From Sunday 6 December the time for online Masses will be 10:30 am. This mass will remain available for viewing on our YouTube channel after it has been broadcast each week.
If you join us online for Mass whilst it is still being live streamed, Mass will start playing from where it has got up to. To view the Mass from the start, please click on the YouTube logo in the bottom right hand corner, which will take you to the video on YouTube, where you can then click to watch Mass from the beginning. If you wish to view the Mass bigger than it is displayed on the website you will need need to view it via the YouTube channel.
You can also view Mass and content by going direct to our YouTube channel by clicking on the below button, or by searching YouTube for "Catholic Church Alcester" which should also work from your Smart TV.
This week's Mass can be found by clicking on the YouTube button below...
New National Lockdown: Churches to stay open - Click here to open the Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference
We are pleased to confirm that during the current lockdown our church will remain open for collective worship. Sunday masses remain viewable on our YouTube channel for those that are unable to attend in person. Our Mass Schedule is as follows:
Future Mass Schedule:
08:30 am - available online from 10:30 am
Sometimes the Wedesday Mass is not held although this will be announced at the previous Sunday Masses.
The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churc has put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.
With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.
Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal.’
We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.
Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.
When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.
PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THE PARISH
If you are able to support the parish financially in the coming weeks and months, there are a number of options by which you can do this...
The most efficient way of doing so is by setting up either a standing order or making ad-hoc payments from your bank account into the parish account.
If you are willing to do this, please send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will send you further details as to how to set this up.
Alternatively, you can either put a cash or cheque donation in a clearly marked envelope through the presbytery letterbox, or post donations (cheques only please) to the parish address found at the bottom of this page.
If you are an existing Gift-Aid Donor or wish to become a new Gift-Aid Donor please provide your Full Name, Address and Postcode on the envelope.
To Donate Online, please visit the diocese website, at https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/support-our-work and select Alcester in the "Donating To" box on the second page of the pop-up form.