Plans for Christmas
As Christmas approaches, we all realise how different it has to be this year in Church. However, I still want us all to be able to celebrate the joy and wonder of the birth of the Christ Child with joy and devotion even though the Masses will be simpler.
The number of people we can safely admit into the Church is still restricted. Traditionally, Christmas has always been very popular with attendance. This year, however, we cannot exceed our reduced capacity and I do not want to be in that awful position when people arrive to find that they will not be admitted. In other words, it would be dreadful to have to turn people away. The only way round this, it seems to me, is to book your place at a Mass you would like to attend. It will be on a “first come first served” basis.
Please email the parish office on firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the answer machine 0208 397 4499 and then we will get back to you to confirm. Please if you then find you are unable to attend the Mass you booked please let us know so that your reservation can be given to someone else. This planned booking system will commence from Monday 14th December until Tuesday 22nd December. No bookings will be taken before or after these dates.
In a recent letter to the Clergy, Archbishop John has asked the priests to encourage the faithful “that they may come and celebrate the mystery of Christmas at any of the Octave Day Masses with the same sense of joy and solemnity. This would allow the faithful to plan ahead for a day within the Octave when they could come to our churches in order to celebrate their Christmas Mass this year without the fear being turned away should a church have reached capacity.”
Let us continue to pray for each other, and as we prepare ourselves during this period of Advent for the coming of “the Word made Flesh” and may God continue to keep us safe and well in these very difficult and strange times.
2020 Christmas Masses
Thursday 24th December
(CHRISTMAS EVE) 8.00 pm
Friday 25th December
(CHRISTMAS DAY) 8.00am and 10.00am
Saturday 26th December
Sunday 27th December
8.00am 10.00am 6.00pm
Monday 28th December
Friday 1st January
Saturday 2nd January
Sunday 3rd January
8.00am 10.00am 6.00pm
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.
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.
Fr Stephen Haylett BA(Hons) FGMS
98 Leatherhead Road
Surrey KT9 2HY
Tel: 0208 397 3971
Tel: 020 8397 4499
Contact times: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday