As you know, some of our churches started opening for private prayer from last Monday (15 June). This was only a small number of churches, spread geographically across our diocese. Others are preparing to open in the coming week or the week after and then there will be further phases beyond that.
There are a lot of conditions to fulfil before a church can be safely opened in the present circumstances. Our churches were inspected this week and so we will be able to open once we have got everything in place.
At the recent (virtual) meeting of our parish leadership team, it was decided that we should initially only open Ss Peter & Paul's church both because the size and layout is more manageable and because we will be continuing to stream Masses and other devotions from St Luke's. This brings both of our churches into use at the present time, each with a different function.
The two churches in this area that are already open are the Cathedral (open 1.30-4.30pm Monday to Saturday) and Holy Cross, Patricroft (open 3-6pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday). In deciding the days and the hours to open Ss Peter & Paul's, we will be looking to complement these times.
Some of the conditions we need to fulfil are now in place. However, we still need to recruit stewards who will look after the church during the opening times. We need at least two stewards on duty at any time and, of them, at least one must have a DBS check. There is also some training for the stewards to undergo. If you would like to volunteer as a steward, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
. Hopefully we will be able to open soon.