UPDATED In order that you can come and share in our worship, the beauty of the church, and just being with the Lord at Holy Family, we are working hard to ensure that everyone is safe.

We understand it is likely that some people will still be fearful about returning to church services.

Many of our procedures remain the same as before. This is to give YOU, the parishioner or visitor to our lovely church, the confidence that you are as safe as possible in our congregation.

If you are coming to Holy Family please read and comply with the following measures which we have put in place for your protection.

  • Everyone over 11 will be asked to wear face masks throughout – from the moment you approach the Church to when you leave the grounds. Please bring your own. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please let us know.
  • Please make sure you sanitise your hands upon arrival in church. There will be hand sanitiser stations clearly visible at the entrances. 
  • The Church itself will be very well ventilated with doors being kept open. Please dress appropriately for the temperature, including being prepared for rain on the way in.
  • We are required to take a register of all those attending each service. Stewards will also show you to your seat and ask you to come forward for Communion where appropriate.
  • Please remain seated at the end of Mass until invited to stand and leave. 
  • If you have a card with your barcode, it will speed up church entry if you can have it available. If you don't have one, please ask and we will make/send one for you.
  • The Church has been laid out to ensure social distancing and minimise movement. Those parts of each bench where we ask you not to sit will be clearly marked. Family groups can sit together. Wheelchair users will be directed separately by Stewards.
  • We need to keep the porch and walkways clear, and everyone will be asked to sit in the main body of the Church. Please don’t bring pushchairs, prams etc if at all possible. The two small benches at the back of the Church have been removed.
  • There will be no collections during Mass, although a basket will be provided on the way in and way out for envelopes, cash etc.
  • Paper copies of the bulletin will normally be available, and will be distributed outside after Mass to avoid 'bunching up' of people in the porch. The bulletin continues to be on the website and will also be posted out to those who have requested it.
  • Masses will be shorter than normal. Hymn books will not be available, but singing of acclamations and responses is now permitted, but please do not remove your face covering.
  • Please stay in your seats until invited by the steward to come forward for Communion. The procedure will be very much as it was before lockdown, but each side of the church will move at different times to minimise movement of people. Once again, the final blessing will now be after Communion. As mentioned, the Stewards will direct everyone. Please don’t leave your seat until asked to do so.

This list has been produced using the Archdiocese of Liverpool guidelines, and our risk assessment based on our own church and circumstances at Holy Family.

CLICK HERE for the full risk assessment document

Issue version 5 20/08/2021