Welcome to Christ The King in Whitley, Reading
ALL WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND MASSES ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN TO THOSE WHO WISH TO COME AND PRAY
IF YOU DO, PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP AT A DISTANCE FROM ONE ANOTHER AND SANITISE YOUR HANDS UPON ENTERING AND EXITING THE CHURCH
ALL ACTIVITIES IN THE CHURCH HALL HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES PLEASE CALL 0118 931 4469 OR EMAIL CTK@PORTSMOUTHDIOCESE.ORG.UK
Notice: COVID19 Bishop’s decree
COVID-19: A decree from our Bishop Philip Egan
- Mass. Public Sunday and weekday Masses are to be suspended. I hereby temporarily release the faithful from the Sunday Obligation. Instead, priests (parish priest and assistant priests) will say a daily Mass in a church within their parish but without the faithful. The Mass intention can be maintained, unless the family ask for a rescheduling.
- Churches Open. All churches should be kept open during the day for the faithful to visit and to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. If you are in church, all must take care to ensure ‘social distancing,’ i.e. maintaining a clear distance from others, with minimal social contact.
- 3. Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions may be offered as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed (e.g. a physical barrier between the penitent and the priest such as a grille and cloth).
- 4. Sacraments to the Sick/Housebound. It is important that those who request the Sacraments can receive them. Ministers should wash and cleanse their hands before and after visiting the housebound.
- Baptisms. Baptisms should be deferred until such a time as when people can gather again in numbers safely. In case of necessity, baptisms may be celebrated, strictly limited to the immediate family and within all the various hygiene precautions needed.
- Matrimony. Weddings should best be deferred until such a time that people can gather again in numbers safely. If this is not possible, the marriage should be limited to the celebrant, bride and groom, immediate family and legal Registrar.
- Funerals. Funeral services may take place only at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery and crematorium authorities.
- Devotions, Stations of the Cross, etc. Communal celebrations are suspended, although individual/private devotions are to be encouraged.
- Holy Water. The use of holy water stoups is suspended. However, the faithful should be invited to have some holy water for use at home.
What Can You Do At Home
The faithful are urged to establish at home a small sacred space or altar. They should avail themselves of alternatives to Mass in order to sustain their faith: e.g.
- Make a private visit individually and/or as a family to the Blessed Sacrament in the church on a Sunday (and/or on other days too in order to make a Spiritual Communion;
- Reflecting on the Sunday Liturgical texts (prayers and Readings), reading the Bible, reading the texts from the Magnificat, using a Treasury of Prayer and saying the Rosary;
- Participating in a Sunday Mass online, making a Spiritual Communion;
- Using on-line resources such as Universalis in order to say parts of the Liturgy of the Hours;
- Consulting the Diocesan website for further prayers, ideas, videos and suggestions.