4th JanuaryWe are open for public Masses, following the November lockdown and even in the latest one, but have to abide by social-distancing regulations within the church (see below) so advance booking is needed if you wish to come to any of the Sunday Masses. (For Weekday Mass at 0930 it is okay just to turn up.)

The Christmas Midnight Mass was live-streamed, so a recording of it should remain available on YouTube for some while.

See below about booking arrangements generally.
We are still permitted to have the church open for private prayer on Saturday afternoons, 3-5pm as explained below

If anything changes, we will post it up on here as soon as we can. Watch this space !

Opportunities for private prayer will continue, as long as the good people who have volunteered to steward these occasions are willing to carry on. The hours are 3-5pm on Saturday afternoons . In addition, the Church can be opened on request on Tuesday and Friday afternoons between 3 and 4;30pm for private prayer- just phone in advance, or knock at the presbytery door.

It remains mandatory to wear a face covering when you come to Church

We still have to operate under a 2m social distancing rule, since the relaxation to 1m (with masks) is not applicable to all situations, just to those where there is no practical alternative (like small restaurants) – and we cannot say that.

St Augustines rearranged for social distancing
The socially-distanced church

So we have had to reduce massively the amount of seating in the Church, and cannot safely accommodate more than 50 singly-seated people at once. This is what it looks like..

In view of the limited capacity, and to avoid disappointment, we have to ask our people to book in advance for whichever Sunday mass they wish to come to. Just ring the presbytery on 01494 523969, or send an e-mail, a day or two before each Sunday ( no “standing bookings”, please) stating how many people from your household are coming together, so we can put two or several chairs together for you. If you turn up without booking, and the Church is already full to its legal capacity, we will have to refuse entry and ask you to attend another Mass. These arrangements DO NOT APPLY to the weekday Masses, for which you can “just turn up”. .

If you have a smartphone with the NHS App installed, please “check in ” as you enter the church -there is a poster with the QR code on the left of the main-porch inner doors.

Please note that all toilet facilities are closed.

Below are the current private-prayer opening times of the other churches in our Pastoral Area. For Mass times, check their websites, which are easy to find via Google

St John Henry Newman parish : (OLG = Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel lane, Booker.)
For private prayer, OLG only, 12-2pm Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-1pm . .

St Teresa’s, Warwick Road, Beaconsfield – Private prayer, Monday and Wednesday from 10am – 12noon , Sundays from 2pm – 4pm.

St Peter’s, Marlow – opening for private prayer 10:30-12:30 Sundays from 28th June .

A note from the publishers of the Catholic Times and The Universe:

20th Nov – TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH:- at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£25.00
or 12 Months:- £99.00
Digital copy 12 months £55.00
The Catholic Universe is a national newspaper of news views comments and features through a Catholic lens. It’s a great read and downloads each week to your home computer, smartphone or tablet. To take them up on these offiers just go to thecatholicuniverse.com/subscription-trial to register

16th January – the Universe publishers have made available a free specimen copy of their online paper, dated 15th January , so including up-to-the minute news about the Church’s position in the current lockdown. Click here to view it as a PDF (if your computer will not open it, you may need to download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader)