Letter from Fr Stephen

Dear Parishioners,

It is so good to be back and to start Masses in Church. We are all still living in uncertain times with the Covid-19 virus. Let us pray hard that the scientists will discover a Vaccine to eliminate and give immunity. In the meantime it is vitally important that we all keep safe and well.

Times for Mass

For the foreseeable future Mass will be celebrated in Church on:

Monday:  9.30am

Friday:  9.30am

Saturday:  9.30am

Sunday: 8am, 10am & 6pm

First Holy Communion

I am in the process with our Catechists to arrange three First Holy Communion Masses. This means of course it will be less celebratory, as there can be no singing, but the important reality is that our children will be still receiving Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time. Dates and details will follow. It will probably take place in October.

School Applications

I am happy to sign any school applications. Please bring the forms either to Sunday Mass together with a stamped addressed envelope and I will complete and endorse them with the parish stamp. You could also drop them in the Presbytery letterbox if that would be more convenient, but please remember to enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

Finances

For nearly six months there have been no collections and it is estimated that as a parish we have lost over £25,000 in income. Your generosity is needed so that we can over the next months try and makeup this shortfall. If you can give a cheque please make it payable to “St Catherine’s Church”.

The details of our bank account are:

NATWEST
Sort Code 60 21 05
Account No. 96943327

I would like to thank all those who have volunteered to act as stewards during Mass.

Love, prayers and blessings to you, your families and loved ones

Fr Stephen

Mandatory Guidelines for Attending Mass

Celebrating Mass

The Mass will be shortened for example:

No singing

No bidding prayers

No offertory procession

No exchange of the peace

Receiving Holy Communion

The Blessed Sacrament will be distributed only by the Priest and parishioners will receive Holy Communion in their hands. The steward will guide you when to come forward.

Track and Trace

When you enter the church, you will need to put your name, contact telephone number, the date and time of the Mass you are attending. The steward will be there to help. The information collected at the direction of the Government will be kept secure and will be destroyed 21 days after the said act of worship. If you refuse to complete this track and trace information you will not be allowed to go into the church for Mass.

The maximum seating capacity in the church, based on the distancing guidelines, is 45. Consequently, it will be on a “first come first served” basis.

The obligation for a Sunday Mass has been suspended until further notice. Consequently, you are invited to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a week-day. This will give the opportunity for more parishioners to receive Holy Communion. Please note, that those who attend Mass MUST comply with the following mandatory requirements.

Sanitising hands

There will be hand gel at the entrance of the church. Please sanitise your hands when you first enter and when you leave the church building.

Face Masks

It is mandatory to wear a face covering at all times. If anyone objects then you cannot attend Mass. Please bring, if possible, your own face covering.

Safe distancing

Please observe the distancing rules in the church, The steward will show you to your seat.

When it comes to receiving Holy Communion the steward will tell you when to come forward.

Please remain in your place until the final blessing. A steward will tell you when you can leave, row by row. Immediately after Mass the church will need to be cleaned and sanitised, so it is important you leave promptly.

No toilet facilities

The Hall has to be kept locked at all times and there are no toilet facilities available.

Votive candles and statues

Votive candles can only be lit from another lighted candle on the votive stand. You must not use matches or share a lighter.

The touching of Statues is not allowed under any circumstances.

Feeling unwell

If you feel unwell or have a high temperature, it is best to stay at home, just in case.

The obligation to attend a Sunday Mass has been suspended until further notice. Those who attend Mass in church must comply with these mandatory requirements issued by the Government and the Archdiocese of Southwark.

These regulations have been put into place to keep us all safe and well.

Let us then be joyful and thankful as we once again receive the real presence of Jesus in the most Holy Eucharist.

Sacraments

To arrange a Baptism please contact the Parish Priest – Fr Stephen Haylett.

Six months’ notice is required for Marriage.

About St Catherine’s

The Parish of St Catherine of Siena serves the people of Chessington, Hook and Malden Rushett, under the guidance and leadership of Fr Stephen Haylett, who became parish priest of St Catherine’s in 2015. It has a population of approximately 1,100 parishioners.

Read more about the history of the Parish of St Catherine of Siena

Church Hall

The Hall is a Parish facility primarily for use in conjunction with the Church and its services, including baptisms, weddings and funerals. It is available for use by groups associated with the Parish or for other purposes at the discretion of the Parish Priest.

Find out more about Hall hire

Contact Us

Parish Priest:

Fr Stephen Haylett BA(Hons) FGMS

The Presbytery
98 Leatherhead Road
CHESSINGTON
Surrey KT9 2HY

Tel: 0208 397 3971

Parish Office:

Tel: 020 8397 4499
E-mail: chessington@rcaos.org.uk
Contact times: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Visit St Catherine’s

100 Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2HY