Hopefully, at Christmas, we will be allowed to hold public masses. However, we are likely to be required to exercise social distancing as we have done for much of this year and this will reduce the capacity of the church compared to the demand at normal Christmas masses.
In order to prevent any disappointment if the church is full when you arrive we have discussed the matter with Fr David and it has been agreed that to implement a booking system for these masses is the best solution. Additionally, we are proposing to make socially distanced space available in the church hall for those unable to fit into the church but still wanting to come to mass. We will relay the mass into the church hall via a screen and speakers.
Fr David will celebrate an 8:00 PM mass on Christmas Eve and a 10:00 AM mass on Christmas Day; it is these Masses that will require booking. There will be no other public mass on these days.
To make the booking system fair, on the basis of first come first served, we will be taking details in church at the end of each private prayer or public mass from 29th November until the 13th of December. We will keep these requests in the order that they are received. We will then allocate pews to household groups or individuals and produce a seating plan based on this order; we will contact everyone to let them know their allocated seat by the 18th of December and we will put RESERVED notices on pews/chairs to indicate who should sit where (we need to do this to ensure we can get the best capacity we can within the restrictions placed upon us).
To try to best meet everyone’s wishes we will be asking you to tell us beforehand:
- The total number in your party (one household/social bubble).
- Your preferred mass and if willing to come to the alternative mass instead.
- If you are happy to sit in the church hall if there is no room left in church.
- Your contact telephone number/email so we can advise you of your allocation.
Please see one of the stewards at church following mass/private prayer from 29th November onwards and lodge your details with them.
We realise that this will be a strange situation and it is one that no one wants, however, with some planning we hope to make it as normal as is possible and allow everyone to celebrate this Christmas feast as best we can.
Julia and Mike
With the latest lockdown comes a need to change the arrangements for worship at Driffield Catholic Church. Here are the revised timings:
Weekdays (Starting from Thu 5th Nov):
There will be an internet streamed private mass at 09:30 each day. This can be found at https://www.churchservices.tv/ and search for Driffield.
There will be a private prayer session from 13:30 to 15:00 on Mon, Wed and Fri. (
There will be an internet streamed private mass at 10:00 each day.
There will be private prayer from 13:30 to 15:00 each day.
We cannot hold public services, but everyone is most welcome to come to any of the private prayer sessions; we ask that you attend individually or in household groups only. We are taking great care to ventilate the church, sanitise the pews and all touchpoints and are fogging the church after each session to ensure we can make it as safe as possible for you to attend. Masks must be worn in the church and we ask you to sanitise your hands on arrival.
The church is now open for private prayer and public Mass as follows:
Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri :Opens 13:00 with mass at 14:00 and closes immediately after Mass for cleaning.
As of Monday 31 August it will change to:
Sat and Sun: Opens 09:30 with Mass at 10:00 and closes immediately after Mass for cleaning.
Mon, Wed, Fri, Opens 13:30 with Mass at 14:00 and closes immediately after for cleaning.
Masks are to be worn unless exempt by age or health. We ask you to leave your details for Track and Trace purposes. The Sunday Obligation has not been reinstated, so you may want to consider attending Mass during the week leaving weekends for those who cannot attend on weekdays. You are more certain of a seat on these days.
We have received enquiries from a number of parishioners regarding the offertory collections. Please do not deliver envelopes containing cash/cheques to the church as this will require someone going to the bank (not an essential journey). The following options are available:
If you use on-line banking facilities, you can either:
Set up a monthly standing order, with a reference of your surname and initial.
Or if you wish to pay temporarily by on-line banking then:
Pay weekly/monthly by a direct payment, with reference of your surname & initial.
The parish bank details and full information can be obtained by telephone or email from:
Maureen Taylor: email@example.com / 01377 790642
Otherwise; Please continue to place your contributions in the weekly envelopes, and keep them until the church reopens.
Thank you for your support.