Church of
Saint Thomas More

Hartley Wintney

Times of Masses

Our Mass times at St Thomas More are:

Welcome

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Re-opening the church - update

The church will re-open for Mass on Sunday 5th July at the usual time of 08:45. For the time being, there will be NO Mass on Thursday mornings.

Please see the diocesan guidelines for the re-opening of churches for public Masses which we are intending to follow.

There will be some changes from usual, including reduced capacity in the church to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Mass will be shorter (approx 30 minutes) as there will be no singing of hymns, no Missals to be used, no flowers and no votive candles. 

For those who can come to Mass, please bring a face covering/mask if you have one. Hand sanitiser and spare masks will be provided.  Father Wojciech is preparing to give Holy Communion as people leave the church and hand sanitiser will be provided for use after communion. 

We will operate a one-way system using the main door to enter the church and the side door to exit. 

The Sacristy can only be used by the Priest and the W.C. will not be available for use.

We will need to ventilate the church as much as possible using our roof windows, side windows and doors.

Readers will need to print out their own copy of the readings and take this home with them.

Many people may feel it is still too risky to attend Mass, depending on their circumstances, and should not feel obliged to return until they deem it safe to do so. The Catholic Archbishops have confirmed that the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended for the time being.

This web page will be updated when more information is available.


Parking at St Thomas More

Until recently, the management of the Grey House School kindly allowed us park on their premises on Sunday mornings. Following the sale of the School some time ago, the new owners kindly allowed us to continue to park there for the time being.

However the timers on the gates have now malfunctioned and there is no plan in place to repair them, so we are asked not to park at those premises any more.

We are grateful to the Grey House School and the new owners for their kindness.

Coronavirus

In light of the present situation with Coronavirus, the Bishops of England and Wales have decreed that after Friday 27th March the celebration of public Masses and all other liturgical services (for example, Stations of the Cross and Rosary) are to be suspended. The church is temporarily closed.

We are hoping to re-start our weekly Masses on Sundays and Thursday mornings as soon as possible depending on guidance from the government. To do this, we are going to need volunteer stewards to help with ensuring we maintain good practice such as social distancing, use of hand sanitiser, one-way entry and exit etc. If you are able to volunteer once a week and you are not on the governmentís shielding list or vulnerable, or caring for a vulnerable person, please contact us via the website.  

If you would like to go to church for private prayer, St Swithunís in Firgrove Road, Yateley is currently open daily between 10am and 12 mid-day. 

We look forward to the 60th anniversary of our Parish during 2021 and we hope you will be able to join us for the celebrations.

If you wish to find out more about what is going on you may want to sign up to the E-Newsletter that you will find on the Portsmouth website:
https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/.

Mass can be streamed live from Portsmouth Cathedral or from various churches in the diocese, at https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/live-mass/.

Let us keep each other in our prayers in this time of need.