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Dear parishioners,

As you are aware, nearly all COVID19 restrictions in England have been removed by the government since Monday 19th July. Recently at the meeting of the clergy in the pastoral area of Reading, we agreed in our parishes to continue to follow the current COVID 19 procedures as we all have the responsibility to keep each other safe, especially the vulnerable.

In unity with all priests in the area I ask you to continue wearing face coverings in church as a voluntary measure for the foreseeable future.

The booking system for Sunday Mass will continue but if you would prefer to not book in advance, then please do feel free to come for Mass and you will be accommodated.

The sanitising procedure and social distancing will both continue. All this will all be reviewed in a few weeks with Canon Michael Dennehy and the other priests in the Pastoral area.

I am very grateful to everyone for their patience and generosity in complying with the Covid19 procedures that we have in place. I am, particularly grateful to the wonderful stewards who have been doing such an incredible job. They have fulfilled a challenging task with kindness and sensitivity. When the time comes to make changes to our procedures, we will do so gradually so that we all have the time to adjust.

At the same time, let us remind ourselves of our Sunday Obligation and start to come back to Sunday Mass in person. Please find attached a letter from the Bishops’ conference and a letter from Bishop Philip on this topic.

God Bless Fr Stan
Message to the Diocese from the Bishop 200721 and CBCEW Statement – Sunday it is our Day

I welcome you to Our Lady of Peace & Blessed Dominic Barberi Parish. You are loved by God! Christ came for you. Christ is for you “the Way, the Truth and the Life!” (Jn 14:6). Entrust your fears, your afflictions, your burdens to the heart of Mary. With Mary's help, we learn to recognise and embrace the love of Christ in every moment of our lives. The Parish is a framework in which we can learn to grow in faith through the Liturgy, Adoration, the spirituality of the Angelus, the Divine Mercy and the Rosary. We, as adults, youth and children, learn how to grow in faith together. We offer our hearts and hands to Jesus and Mary to reach the vulnerable, the needy and the lost sheep in all areas of life. You are welcome!

Fr. Stan Gibziński,
Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peace and Bl Dominic Barberi

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