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LATEST UPDATE (25th September 2020)

The Government’s announcements this week make it clear that we are in for a long haul in the struggle against a resurgent virus. Our parish response to the pandemic has necessarily been a cautious and gradual one,  guided by a principal concern for the safety of all and determined in part by the physical restrictions of our building and the demographic of our congregation. But we are making progress.

Following the successful procedure for weekday mass on Wednesdays and Fridays,  albeit with attendance strictly limited to ten by advanced reservation, we can now extend the same principle to one mass on a Sunday. From next Sunday 4th October there will be a simple celebration of mass at 9.30 a.m. for a maximum of ten people who must make a reservation in advance. Preference is to be given to those who cannot come during the week e.g. those working or families with children at school. Please do not attend without a reservation – you will not be admitted.

Parishioners with confirmed reservations only will be asked to queue outside the Church in a socially distanced manner. The door will be unlocked promptly at 9:20 a.m. on Sundays and at 9.50 a.m. on weekdays for entry and will then be closed.  There will be no entry after these times.  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.

These arrangements will be kept under review and may be subject to change.

How to make a reservation to attend mass:

Bookings need to be made in advance and you can request a reservation by one of the following methods (in order of preference):-

1) Send an email to oliadmin@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

2) Leave a clear message on the parish office phone 01202 760640 (note: it rings 8 times before the answer phone comes on).

3) 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 someone will get back to you by phone or email to let you know which mass you can be offered:-

Name:

Phone number or email address:

Number of seats required:

Weekday mass or Sunday mass:

Would you like to be added to an ongoing rota? Yes/No

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The church will continue to be open for short visits for individual prayer as follows:

  • Monday                  Closed
  • Tuesday                  10.30 – 11.30 a.m.
  • Wednesday            10.30 – 11.30 a.m.
  • Thursday                10.30 – 11.30 a.m.
  • Friday                      10.30 – 11.30 a.m.
  • Saturday                 Closed
  • Sunday                     9.30 – 11.30 a.m.  (From 4th October 10.00 – 11.30 a.m.)

Please note:  There will be no access to the hall, the lift or to the toilets.

When making a visit:

  • Sanitise hands on entry.
  • The wearing of masks is required.
  • You may be marshalled, as necessary.
  • Sit or kneel only in places marked with a green tick 
  • People of the same household may sit together.
  • There will be no votive candles.  
  • Please do not talk in the church.

Please do not visit the church:

  • if you are unwell,
  • have a temperature,
  • are showing other coronavirus symptoms or
  • have other vulnerable health   concerns.

 

A ‘Thank you’ to those who are using the ‘Donate’ button on the website. The ‘Donate’ button has the facility of adding a reference 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

                             Email: oliadmin@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Fr Andrew may be contacted directly by email at:

                              andrewmoore@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

We remember in our prayers all Health workers, those who have been directly affected, remembering especially those who have died.