LATEST UPDATE (4th September 2021)
We say goodbye this weekend to Fr Andrew who, after four years as our parish priest, is retiring. Fr Leslie Adams will be arriving this coming week to be our new parish priest.
Because of the nature of our building and other practical considerations, Covid precautions continue to be in place for the time being, namely:
- attendance at Sunday mass by advanced booking only. No reservation is needed for weekday mass at which there is plenty of capacity.
- social distancing within the church and the wearing of masks.
Whilst things are generally opening up and many people are feeling more confident, that is not true for everyone. Our arrangements hopefully provide a safe environment for those who might not feel so confident. The situation will be kept under review depending on how things develop locally and nationally and, hopefully, a gradual and safe relaxation may be possible in the not too distant future. The Sunday masses are heavily subscribed but there is plenty of capacity at weekday masses. Please be advised that the Sunday obligation remains suspended and so, for some, it might be beneficial to attend during the week.
How to make a reservation to attend a Sunday mass:
You can request a reservation by one of the following methods (in order of preference):-
- Send an email to email@example.com
- Leave a clear message on the parish office phone 01202 760640
- In writing, and placed in the letter box by the church door, or by post to Our Lady Immaculate, Seamoor Road, Westbourne, BH4 9AE
When making a booking, please give the following details and you will be contacted by phone or email to let you know which mass you can be offered:-
Phone number or email address:
Number of seats required:
Which Sunday mass you would prefer: 9.30, or 11.00, or either.
Would you like to be added to the ongoing Sunday rota? Yes/No
On Sundays the church will remain open after the 9.30 mass until 10.30 for those who may wish to make short individual visits but will then be closed for cleaning before the 11.00 a.m. mass. During the week, the church will remain open after the 10.00 a.m. mass until 11.00 a.m.
Parishioners attending mass (n.b. confirmed reservations required for Sunday masses) should queue outside the Church in a socially distanced manner. The door will be unlocked promptly ten minutes before mass and will be closed five minutes before mass starts after which there will be no entry, so please be punctual. Hands must be sanitised on entry and face masks must be worn at all times, except when receiving communion or for children under the age of eleven. Names & addresses will be kept for 21 days and if necessary, may be passed to NHS Test & Trace. The QR code is posted on the main notice board for those who have the NHS contact tracing App. Please note: There will be no access to the Hall, the lift or to the toilets.
A directory of online masses has been provided by the Bishops’ Conference and can be found at: www.cbcew.org.uk
The link below is a useful directory for finding a mass online:
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A ‘Thank you’ to those who are using the ‘Donate’ button on the website. The ‘Donate’ button has the facility of adding a reference (in the ‘Leave a message’ box) and also the option to Gift Aid any donation. Any donation with no specific reference will be treated as ordinary offertory. The donate button can therefore be used for a mass intention (mark the reference ‘re: xxx but also email or phone the office to request an intention). The parish’s bank details are set out below for those who may wish to take out a standing order.
- Bank: Lloyds
- Account Name: PRCDTR Bournemouth Our Lady Immaculate
- Sort Code: 30-93-04
- Account Number: 00875075
The Parish Office is physically closed but will remain operational.
Tel: 01202 760640
Fr Andrew may be contacted directly by email at:
We remember in our prayers all Health workers, those who have been directly affected, remembering especially those who have died.