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St. Stephen’s and St. Nicholas parish – Manor Park, or St. Stephen’s in short, is the Catholic parish Church of Manor Park, Newham, Greater London. The parish is the eastern most Catholic parish in the Newham deanery bordering Ilford, and our Brentwood diocesan charity number is 234092.

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Church Reopening – How Do I Book To Attend Mass?

The Prime Minister has announced that all Covid-19 restrictions will lift on Monday 19 July however the diocese recommends that each church adapt its guidance in line with the local council’s recommendations. The London Borough of Newham is considered a high-risk area for Covid-19 due to a high level of infection at the moment. The vaccination programme has been successful in the country but in Newham, only 32% of the borough have been vaccinated and so therefore our church will still have to follow strict guidance despite government guidance changing. We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to make sure you get vaccinated if you have not already done so. If you have any concerns about the vaccine or you have not already had the vaccine please speak to your GP as soon as possible.
From Monday 19 July you will no longer need to book to attend mass however the diocese has said that we must continue to have a Track & Trace system in place and so when you come to mass you will still need to provide us with a name and contact number which will be kept for 21 days.
The London Borough of Newham has also recommended that we ensure there is safe distancing in our church whilst Newham is currently a high-risk area and whilst we will no longer have a set capacity limit in church-going forward we must ensure safe distancing and so once all the benches are full we will not be able to allow anyone else in for mass and you may be turned away to ensure a safe capacity in the church.
• We will continue to update our guidance in line with the government, the diocese, and the London Borough of Newham
• There will be Mass at 10 am on Sundays.
• You do not need to book to attend mass but once the church reaches capacity you may be turned away if there is not enough space to seat you safely.
• If you have any questions please call 020 8478 1895 or email [email protected] Our office hours are Monday 10.30-5.30 Thursday 10.30 – 3.30 and Friday 10.30-1.00.
• Please ensure you read the below guidelines before you come to the church for mass.

Guidelines for return to Mass.

Applying the guidelines from the Church to our own circumstances, we have put everything we can in place to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Please remember that if you or a member of your household are displaying Covid-19 symptoms, you must not come to Mass.
In respect of all of the below, we ask for your respectful cooperation during Mass with Fr. Sean/Fr. Liam, the ushers and stewards.
• Please arrive on time.
• Face coverings are recommended.
• Please work with and respect the stewards and ushers and follow their guidance.
• In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the toilet will be closed. Please ensure you go to the toilet before you attend Mass.
• Please note that the Mass inside the church is being filmed and will be shown live on YouTube for our online streaming of Mass. This means that film/photos of you will be transmitted on our YouTube online streaming service of Mass. If you are attending Mass in the church and have any concerns about being filmed or wish to be exempt from the filming then please speak to Father Sean/Father Liam or one of the ushers.

On Arrival .

When you arrive at the church your temperature will be checked. If your temperature is over 37.5°C then you will be asked to sit down for a while and then your temperature will be checked again. If your temperature is still above 37.5°C we will not be able to allow you to enter the church for mass. This is in line with COVID-19 and government guidelines for large venues.
When you arrive at the church you will be required to provide us with your name and contact number for Track & Trace purposes (this will be held confidentially for 21 days for public health records). This is in line with the government and diocese guidelines.
You will be required to sanitise your hands as you enter the Church.
Seating for Mass As in a restaurant, when you come to Mass, you will have to wait to be seated by one of the ushers to ensure safe distancing is maintained. You must sit where you are asked to sit and you will not be able to sit wherever you please. You must come to Mass in very good time so that you can be seated and that Mass can start promptly.

Communion

• For communion, to ensure safe distancing please wait to be guided by the stewards to come to communion and respect the markings on the floor.
• Communion will be received in the hand (outstretched) only ensuring a safe distance.

Leaving The Church

• You will be asked to leave at the end of Mass. Please wait to be shown to the exit by the stewards and maintain safe distancing as you leave.
• Please hand sanitise as you leave the Church.
• There will be collection baskets at the back of the church when you exit if you would like to leave your donation or you can also make an online donation through the parish or diocese website.
• If you would like to use our church shop then please let one of the stewards know at the end of mass and they will make sure that you are able to access it. Please follow the guidance of the stewards when using the shop for everyone’s safety.
All the measures that we are putting in place will be continually assessed and reviewed. These circumstances are unprecedented, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we work hard to ensure the safety of all people who will gather again in the presence of Jesus, truly present to us in His Living Word and Holy Communion.

St Stephen’s Food Bank and other notices

Thank you to those of you who have been supporting our food bank with your kind and generous donations. The food bank will continue to operate during the lockdown apart from the last Sunday of every month and you are welcome to drop your donations off to us when we are operating on Sundays at 11.30 or you can drop your donations off during the week to the parish office.

The Parish Office hours are (Monday 10.30 am – 5:30 pm, Thursday 10.30 am – 3.30 pm and Friday 10.30 am – 1 pm). You can also donate online through this diocese link https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations/?parish=manor-park by marking ‘other’ as ‘food bank’. If you would prefer to give a cash donation then you can do so through Father Sean’s letterbox but please mark the donation clearly as ‘food bank’. If you have any queries on how to donate please contact us on 0208 478 1895.

The items that we are most in need of at the moment are:. tinned foods, cereals, rice/pasta, biscuits,. women sanitary products and baby products.

And of course whatever you can donate is much appreciated. Thank you for your continued support in helping us feed those in need our local community.

Holy Week Masses

All masses for holy week taking place in the church will be slightly different to how they usually are in order to accommodate the 40 minutes guideline.

  • Palm Sunday – Church will reopen on this day. The palms will be handed out by two ushers with gloves at the end of the mass when everyone is exiting the church.
  • Maundy Thursday – Online service only
  • Good Friday – 3 pm service in church
  • Holy Saturday – Online service only
  • Easter Sunday – Normal 10 am service in church

Many thanks again to everyone who joined our meeting last night
Best wishes

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St. Stephen's Presbytery,
146 Little Ilford Lane,
London, E12 5PJ