Reopening of Churches for Mass
St Mary’s Church will reopen for public Mass on Thursday 9 July 2020. In order to prepare the church for the resumption of Mass, the church will not be open for private prayer on Tuesday or Wednesday. Obviously we need to put measures in place in order to ensure the health and safety of those attending Masses.
Please take careful note of the information given here.
There is a document containing answers to many of the questions that people have with regard to returning to Mass. This is available here.
Information on the re-opening of churches for public liturgical worship
A Message from Bishop Marcus with information on the re-opening of churches for public Liturgical Worship in the Diocese of Leeds can be found by clicking here.
Change in Live Streamed Mass Times
Given the change in lockdown rules, there will no longer be a live-streamed Mass from St Mary’s on Monday. Masses will continue to be live-streamed at https://www.stmaryshalifax.com/live-stream from Tuesday to Saturday at 9.30am and Sunday at 12.15pm.
In these days, we have become more aware than ever of the importance of keeping in touch with one another, especially as we are unable to gather together for Mass each Sunday. It has been many years since there was a parish census. A census enables us to keep up to date with parishioners and also to build up a database of those who wish to be kept informed about parish life by email. A simple census form is available to complete electronically here. Hard copies will also be made available in the churches when we reopen them.
Starting from Tuesday (March 31), there will be opportunities to pray together online for parishioners. The system we will be using is very simple to understand, instructions are below.
The schedule is:
Tuesday at 3pm: Praying Together
Wednesday at 7pm: The Rosary
Friday at 3pm: Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
Friday at 7pm: Stations of the Cross
Saturday at noon: The Rosary
To join the prayer groups, you will have to download and install Zoom at https://zoom.us/sign%20up
Once done, send the email address you have used to join Zoom to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be used to send you the invitation link to the prayer meetings.
Just before the start of the prayer meeting, simply log-on to Zoom, click on ‘join meeting’ and paste in the meeting link you have been sent or the meeting ID.
Once in the meeting you can switch off the camera at the bottom left of the screen if you would rather just have audio. Make sure the mic is on (bottom left of the screen) so you can join in with the responses.
Parish Whatsapp Group
A Parish Whatsapp group will be established so that parishioners can keep in touch with one another. Fr Martin will be the administrator of the group. If you wish to be included in the group, please send a text message with your name to 07990280144.
Several parishioners have asked how they can continue to make their weekly giving to the parish. This is very generous and we are very grateful to those who have thought of it. There are several ways in which you can continue to contribute financially to the parish. If you wish to set up a standing order to donate regularly you can set this up via your own bank. The parish account details are HSBC Bank Sort Code 40 27 15, Account Name: Diocese of Leeds St Mary’s Church, Account Number: 21023225. Alternatively, you can download a standing order form here. Return the completed form to Fr Martin at the presbytery (2 Clarence Street, Halifax, HX1 5DH). There is also the possibility to make one-off donations by text message. You can donate £5 by texting CHURCH MARY HALIFAX to 70500. Cheques, cash and envelopes can also be posted at the presbytery.
You will find some very useful and devout prayer resources on the Parish Website or by clicking https://www.stmaryshalifax.com/prayer-resource/. This also includes suggested prayers from the Bishops of England and Wales. In particular, the practice of making a Spiritual Communion is highly recommended and will give you an overabundance of Grace.