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North Norfolk Catholics return to worship 

The Catholic churches in Cromer and Sheringham will be re-opening for Mass from Sunday July 4, although most other churches in the area will be continuing with their on-line and other “at home” acts of worship. Tony Rothe reports.

In common with other Roman Catholic churches across Norfolk, St Joseph’s on Cromer Road in Sheringham and Our Lady of Refuge on Overstrand Road in Cromer will resume regular Mass from Sunday, whilst maintaining social distancing and other Covid-safe practices.
Mass will be held at the following times:
Sheringham: Sunday at 11am, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 10am (until Holt meetings resume), Saturday at 10am.
Cromer: Sunday at 9am, Wednesday at 10am (followed by Exposition until 11am), Friday at 10am, Saturday at 6pm.
Father James Fyfe, from Sheringham and Cromer Catholic churches said “It is important to stress that numbers will be limited so that we can observe Social Distancing - the guidance is 1 metre plus - and that face masks must be worn (we can supply these) and that hand gel should be used on entering and leaving church. For Roman Catholics, the 'Sunday Obligation' remains dispensed for the time being and people can attend Mass on weekdays instead. We hope that this will help to reassure everyone that we are able to welcome them back to Church.”

Other North Norfolk churches will not be resuming their services yet, although many have on-line acts of worship and will be continuing their community support activities.
Ian Savory from Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham said “Our church building is closed, but the church itself isn’t – we have simply left the building!” They will keep the situation under review, but do not expect to open the premises before September. The church’s Sunday services are streamed on-line on You Tube, and regular updates can be obtained from the Lighthouse Facebook page.
Alex Bishop from Sheringham Salvation Army also said that they were unlikely to reopen before September, although they were keeping the situation under review.
Janet Hann, from Cromer Baptist Church, gave a similar message: “We have no immediate plans for reopening for services but is keeping the situation under review. We will inform Network Norfolk when there is more definite information.”
Richard Allen from Life Church in Sheringham said “Currently, because of vague government guidelines we are not looking to have services for a while yet, although we are looking at doing prayer services later.”
The Sheringham Churches Facebook page gives regular updates on what is happening.
The image above of St Josephs in Sheringham is courtesy of http://www.ourladyandstjoseph.info/


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