Following an announcement at the States’ media briefing on Friday 15th May 2020, it is now possible for churches and other places of worship to open for private, individual prayer.
This relaxation of the measures put in place in late March 2020 to protect us all from the COVID-19 virus is most welcome and having discussed the arrangements with Father Nishan and Deacon Mark, St Joseph’s Church will be open each weekday after the morning Mass, i.e. just after 11.15am, and will be closed at 5.00pm. On Sundays the church will again open after Mass, i.e. just after 11.30pm. All with will begin on Monday 18th May.
Please make good use of the church for your private prayer and treasure the great privilege to once again be able to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Please remember to maintain social distancing when visiting the church. A good rule of thumb is to leave one bench between yourself and anybody else and not to use a bench which is already occupied. Please resist the temptation to catch up with friends you may not have seen for some time but rather call them when you get back home and have a good chat. Hand sanitizer will be made available in the porch and you are encouraged to use it before entering the church. If you are feeling unwell at all, please do not come to the church but wait a few more days until you are well. We need to remain vigilant and although the Island is in a very good place we must not forget just how easily the corona virus can pass from one person to another and how potentially deadly it is. At this time, it is not proposed to open Our Lady Star of the Sea or Notre Dame du Rosaire but we will keep this under close review and hope to be able to open all our churches in the coming weeks. Fr Bruce