MASS ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Mass Arrangements for Christmas

Planning for Christmas is now underway. There will be four Masses in the Abbey Church:

Christmas Eve – at 4.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m.

Christmas Day – at 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.

More people may want to attend Mass at these times than the Abbey Church can accommodate whilst adhering to the social-distancing requirements. Therefore, we ask you to book your place to avoid being turned away. You can do this now in one of two ways:

  1. The preferred option is to email downsideparish@gmail.com to request your place. If you do this, you need to ensure you include which Mass you want to attend and the names and contact details of everyone in your party. The maximum for a Christmas Bubble is six. Your request will be confirmed by email and a ticket sent to you.
  2. However, you can also book a place by speaking to a steward at the end of Mass, who will record your request. They will need to know which Mass you wish to attend and how many others will be in your party. They will also check your contact details for track and trace. Your place will then be confirmed by email. For those without email, a ticket will be ready to be collected at the Mass the following week. N.B. In all cases, the maximum size of a Christmas Bubble is six. All confirmation emails will detail the arrangements for each Mass. If you know anyone who wishes to come to Christmas Mass and who does not receive this Newsletter, please help by getting in touch with them and letting them know what they need to do.

The Bishop reminds us that Christmas has an octave and that you can celebrate Christmas by attending any Mass from the Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve to January 1 2021, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

You can find the normal Mass times now the church has re opened by clicking here.