Welcome to Saints Catherine and Martina Catholic Church
Hoylake and Meols
St Catherine’s will be re-opening for private prayer on Mondays 9.15am-11.15am and Thursdays 4pm-6pm each week. Our doors will re-open this Thursday 2nd July from 4pm-6pm. We look forward to welcoming you back to church.
What is private prayer?
Private prayer also known as Individual prayer within a place of worship is defined as a person or household entering the venue to pray on their own. You can not be part of a group or join a prayer session. It is for silent prayer. All individuals must be socially distanced from each other with the exception of those visitors from the same household.
When is private prayer taking place?
St Catherine’s will be open for private prayer on Mondays at 9.15am – 11.15am and on Thursdays 4pm-6pm. The Diocese has stipulated that a maximum of 10 people (excluding stewards) can be in church at any one time and may stay for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time.
What should I expect when I visit?
There will be two/three volunteer stewards in church during these sessions to assist you. There is a one-way system in place with the entrance through the main church doors and exiting via the side chapel door. Every other bench has been cordoned off to ensure a 2m social distance. We ask that everyone uses the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and exit. Wearing of face masks is not compulsory and it is your choice if you would like to bring one to wear. If you wish to light a candle, please follow the steward’s instructions. There will be no water in the stoops and no reading materials available. The toilet facilities will also not be available in order to prevent risk of infection. We ask that you do not touch any statues during your visit.
Should I visit?
It is your decision if you would like to come, however, if you are in the vulnerable category you should consider whether it is safe for you to do so. If you are showing any symptoms or feeling unwell please do stay at home. The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days remains suspended.
We are a friendly church in the coastal town of Hoylake on the northwestern tip of the beautiful Wirral peninsula.
As Catholics in Hoylake and Meols we meet together to:
- celebrate and deepen our faith,
- strengthen our community,
- reach out to others in witness and service.
Our parish priest is Fr David Roberts.
During the current pandemic normal parish life is on hold. However, Fr David invites us to join with him in prayer and reflection through this time.
Useful support contacts during the coronavirus pandemic
- Helpers in Hoylake & Meols is a local group on Facebook set up to match local volunteers with anyone that needs shopping or prescription pick ups.
- NHS Volunteer Responders Portal. This site will provide you with further information if you are self-isolating and need support. You can find out how you can access support and things to consider if you are going to receive support.
- NHS Mental Health Crisis Line: 0300 303 3972. This service covers Wirral, Chester West, Chester East and is staffed 24/7.
- Kooth is aimed at young people (aged 11-25)and offers free, safe and anonymous support through booked, online counselling sessions. Please visit their website for further information.
- Age UK Wirral offers a prearranged shopping service. Please contact them on: 0151 482 3456.
- Government List: If you are at high risk and a clinically extremely vulnerable person, you can register on the government website to receive a weekly grocery pack.
- Help with Council Tax payments during the crisis. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0151 606 2002 or go online at Wirral MBC.
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