Pentecost Novena

Over the Nine Days from Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday, all Christians are being asked to join together in a Novena of Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Evangelisation. The specific Prayer Intentions for each of the nine days are as follows:

Ascension Thursday 13th May: For all Christians to have the confidence to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Friday 14th May: For all those who have lost sight of God, that they would see His love revealed in their lives.


The QR bar code for the church is displayed on the poster which you'll find on the notice boards on either side of the main church doors as you enter Holy Family Church.

Scan it with your smart phone or mobile device to check into the NHS Track and Trace App.

The NHS Track & Trace app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.



These procedures are the "new normal" and are there to protect everyone by making every possible effort to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.

If you do not wish to do things according to the "new normal" then you should not come to church at this time.


Please note that these arrangements can change very quickly as a result of evolving circumstances and new government regulations.

The procedures on the back page of the newsletter MUST be strictly followed for the Celebration of Mass and for all other public gatherings in church.

No Funeral Services are taking place in church. Services at the Graveside or Crematorium only. On a Tuesday or a Thursday the immediate family and a few very close friends could attend the regular 10.00am Mass on that day which would be offered for the deceased, without the body being present or any personal eulogy. The committal rites and any personal tributes or eulogy for the deceased could take place at the graveside or crematorium later that day.

First Holy Communions can take place on an individual basis at any Mass on a Sunday or weekday by booking a date for this in advance with Mary Marsh. Only immediate family should be present and all current Covid-19 Government precautions and procedures must be observed. Face coverings must be worn and the directions of the stewards followed.

Private Baptism and Wedding Ceremonies can take place in church with just immediate family and very close friends present and observing all current Covid-19 Government precautions and procedures. Limit of 30 persons. Face coverings must be worn and the directions of the stewards followed.

The confessional room is not being used. However Confessions can be heard upon request, but outdoors while observing physical distancing.

No Home Communion Visits are taking place at this time. However a member of the household who is a practicing Catholic could be commissioned by Father Tony as an Extraordinary Minister on a temporary basis to take Holy Communion to a sick or elderly relative or friend living with them.