We are currntly able to open our churches with the restrictions of 2 metre social distancing, face coverings and hand sanitising in place. maximum numbers allowed to attend are set of upto 50 people. Therefore Mass will still be livestreamed from Ss John & Columba’s Church until such times as we are able to resume normal conditions.
Please see the weekly parish newsletter which contains the information for booking a place at a weekend Mass.
We look forward to welcoming you back home.
This booking system is necessary due to the very small numbers of people permitted in the Church and also because of the Government requirement that we keep a note of the names and contact details of all those attending Mass.
It will be such a real joy to have you for Mass!
For weekend Masses, a place for your household must be booked in advance. It may not be possible to give access to those who arrive without a booking.
After each gathering, the church will be cleaned and disinfected.
Please observe the following guidelines.
Don’t enter the church if you have symptoms of Covid-19. If you are sick, have a cold, flu or fever, you must stay at home.
- Keep 2 metres away from other households while waiting to enter the church.
- Ensure you sanitise your hands on entry to and exit from the church.
- A mask or other face-covering must be worn. The church will not provide these so please bring your own.
- Stay 2 metres away from other household groups.
- There will be a one-way system: entry is through the main doors and exit through the small side door in each church.
- Gatherings outside the church should be avoided.
- Mass will be shorter and some non-essential prayers will be omitted to keep the gathering time limited.
- There will be no congregational singing, offertory procession or sign of peace.
The number of Masses which are celebrated with a congregation will be reviewed after the first gradual stages of celebrating Mass in these exceptional circumstances. Thank you in advance for your patience as we all adjust to a new way to enter once again into that great act of Christ’s worship of the Father which is the Mass.
Friday 17th July 2020
Having been successfully open for private prayer for the past few weeks, we are pleased that we are now able to resume public Masses, albeit using government guidelines and restrictions.
Thursday, 18 June
Church buildings can reopen for private prayer
The First Minister has announced today that churches will reopen for private prayer from Monday (22nd June). We look forward to being open but we shall reopen only when all the appropriate measures are put in place.
Re-opening of Church – Mass Procedures
These are the issues which will be described in the procedures:
• Booking/ Reservations
• Entrance and guided seating
• Exit and dispersal
• Cleaning/ Sanitising
Two designated ushers will be stationed to guide parishioners safely into church.
One will be positioned in the church porch to ensure hand sanitising, use of face coverings and direct parishioners to their seats. Members of a single household may enter and exit together, since they are exempt from social distancing. The other steward will show parishioners where they can be seated.
The priest will advise parishioners how to depart in rows at the end of Mass and the ushers will oversee this and ensure that people do not congregate outside but maintain social distancing and return home immediately.
Ushers will also be on hand to oversee the use of the toilet. Whilst it it is not envisaged that this will be greatly used initially, A line marking 2m from the door should be marked to enable safe queuing. Parishioners using the toilet should be advised to wash their hands thoroughly and use disposable towels and to disinfect any surfaces they touch such as door handles, sink, taps and toilet seat/flush handle. There will also be a sanitising station and reminder sign at the WC door.
It is recommended that hand sanitiser is preferable to wearing gloves and that sanitiser dispensers are positioned at the point of receiving Holy Communion to be used to give added reassurance, where gloves are not recommended.
Exit and dispersal
Holy Communion will be at the conclusion of Mass and parishioners will exit immediately after through the side door, as advised by the priest before commencing Mass. The 2 metre rule should be observed in queuing for Holy Communion.
One usher will be at the exit of the church and the other will remain inside to assist cleaners with cleaning and sanitising and the disposal of cloths and equipment.
Cleaning and Sanitising After Mass
Two designated cleaners will be trained and fully equipped in where and how to clean and sanitise the church and facilities. A detailed schedule of items to be cleaned will be compiled by site visit and provided for the cleaning team.
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs but, by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of infection.
Sanitising (or disinfecting) refers to the use of chemicals such as disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces. It does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs but reduces the risk of spreading infection by killing germs on a surface after cleaning.
• Disposable gloves and masks should be worn when cleaning and sanitising.
• Use only disposable cloths which should be collected and disposed of after each use.
• Gloves should be discarded immediately after each cleaning.
• Wash hands with soap and water immediately after removing gloves
• If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned with detergent.
• Clean and disinfect (sanitise) high-touch surfaces which are: light switches; door
handles; pews; chairs; kneelers; adjacent walls; toilets and sinks.
Routine cleaning will be resumed to complement the process.
Pre-Mass Sanitising Schedule
• Sanitiser table top
• Main door handles and push plate/are around
2. Accessible WC
• WC door surface and both handles
• WC door push plates
• WC flush handle
• WC cistern lid
• WC seat
• Toilet roll holder
• Paper towel holder and waste bin (NB: Empty waste bin into disposables bag after
• Door handles and push plates/area around handles
• Pew seats and any individual chairs to be used
• Pew frames in front of and behind seated areas
• All pew ends which abut the central aisle.
• Any walls adjacent to seats to be used
• Holy Communion station and associated sanitising table top
• Exit door handle, push plate and area around
• Collect used cloths; gloves and paper towels and seal in black bin liner for disposal.
More information can be found on the website of the Bishops Conference of Scotland: BCOS
17th June 2020
Returning to Church for Prayer Video
This short video illustrates some of changes that parishioners can expect to see when they visit their re-opened parish church.
16th June 2020
Parish Volunteering – Update
We have received updated guidelines which state that there now no restrictions on the healthy over 70s applying to be parish volunteers.
9th June 2020
Solemnity of St Columba
Towards Reopening our three churches
As we look forward to a possible limited reopening of our Churches in the coming weeks a lot has to be prepared and new demands will be made of the parish. In order that we comply with the new guidelines and good practice we will be asking parishioners to consider enrolling as volunteers in two specific remits.
One will be involved in acting as stewards, helping parishioners safely enter the church and observe the new guidelines and layout. The other will be in making sure the Church is cleaned and disinfected each day. At this stage I am inviting parishioners to send Deacon Pat an email if they are willing to help in those roles. According to official guidelines any healthy person over 18 can take on these roles (except those with any underlying-long term health condition.)
If you would like to enroll as a parish volunteer for one of these roles please email Deacon Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org
19th March 2020
Solemnity of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46.1)
We received word from the Archbishop yesterday, 18th March, that he, along with the other Bishop’s of Scotland, has taken the difficult decision to suspended the public celebration of Holy Mass from today. There will therefore be no further public liturgy until we have received more instructions from the Archbishop. It also seems likely that we will not be able to celebrate the Triduum together, but this will depend on the advice that His Grace receives from the civil authorities.
As a result of this announcement:
1. The faithful of the Archdiocese are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays and on days of precept until further notice; myself and Fr Nicholas will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass privately; all of you will be remembered at the altar every day;
2. Baptisms, weddings and funerals may go ahead but only in the presence of close family;
3. There will be confessions at the usual time in our parish on Saturday mornings from 10.00am in Ss John & Columba’s Church. –Appointment only for the time being.
4. The sick and the dying will receive the Sacraments when necessary;
5. Ss John & Columba’s Church will be open every day from 8.00am to 6.00pm. I encourage you all, while we are without the Sacrifice of the Mass, to make frequent visits to Ss John & Columba’s to sustain yourselves and your families spiritually; (please use the side door from Admiralty Road) – Now Closed following Government instructions
6. Since the church is open, you will still be able to make the Station of the Cross for Lent privately in the church;
7. I ask that the households of our parish say the Rosary together on Sunday mornings at 10.00am, to replace our usual gathering before the altar to meet Jesus in the Sacrifice of the Mass. While we are unable to be together at the altar, we can still be united in our prayers;
8. If you have a missal or access to the internet, you could read the readings that we would have had at Mass; You can also access Mass on-line at the Parish Facebook account : The Catholic Parish of The Most Holy Trinity, SW Fife
The leaflet below, should be printed off and used to mark Sundays as a holy day.
9. If possible, try to make a private visit with your family to the church on Sundays so that, even though you will not be able to receive Jesus in Holy Communion, you can pray for a time before Him in the tabernacle. I left a copy of an act of spiritual communion that you can use for this visit at the kneeler;
10. The newsletter will still be written and published online at the parish website.
11. I hope to coordinate some outreach to those who are unable to leave their homes and who may need our help. Initially, I will speak to our parish SSVP about this. In the meantime, if you need assistance or you know of someone who may need assistance, call the parish house on 01383 412084 to let me know. In the mean time, please look out for your neighbours and anyone you know who may be in need of assistance during these days and weeks.
12. I would also encourage everyone to pray the Memorare once a day to our Lady, Health of the Sick. She will surely hear us in our time of need.
As God’s children, we abandon ourselves to His providence asking that, through the intercession of Blessed Joseph, Protector of the Universal Church, the dying will be saved, the sick will recover and that this time of privation of what is most precious to us will soon end.
The Reverend Kevin A Dow