COVID-19. The Scottish Government has announced Phase 3 of the lockdown and the resumption of communal worship in Catholic Parishes from Wednesday 15th July so long as we fulfil the necessary requirements. Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s on Thursday at 10am and St John’s on Friday at 10am and the weekend Masses at the usual times. In order to fulfil all the requirements people will need to sanitise their hands, wear a facemask and sit in designated seats which they have booked beforehand. To enable social distancing both churches will have a maximum capacity of 40 people-hence the need to book a place beforehand for all masses. To book a place in St Mary’s Church please phone the parish office on 463461 between Monday and Friday 9.30am-2.30pm. To book a place in St John’s please phone Teresa Thornton on 07564903401 between Monday and Friday 10am-4.30pm and you will be asked for a contact number in order that track and trace can be achieved if necessary. Please do not attend either church unless you have made a booking beforehand. You can only book a maximum of 4 places unless more come from the one household At present a funeral Mass is still restricted to 15 people and this would take precedence over a weekday Mass. To enable our churches to open for Mass we require welcomers, stewards and cleaners as the church requires to be cleaned after every Mass. If you can assist please let us know using these contact numbers provided. In the church we ask you to follow the directions of the stewards to enable social distancing and follow the one-way system as indicated. We look forward to welcoming you back into the church building but if you are nervous about attending (eg shielding at present) Bishop Gilbert reminds us that the Sunday obligation to attend Mass remains suspended and those who return fulfil all the infection control measures in force in each parish, mindful always of the need to protect themselves and others. We will be livestreaming all our Masses in both churches from Thursday 16th July and you can access this by following this link – https://tinyurl.com/rcstevenstonsaltcoats . And thanks to Kevin Rennie (Student for the Priesthood) who has installed the cameras in each church and also installed wifi in both church halls.