The Catholic Parish of Saint John the Baptist
Situated in Andover in the county of Hampshire, UK, the parish is in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. With other parishes in Basingstoke, Tadley and Hook, it forms the North West Hampshire Pastoral Area.
Charity Number: 246871
There are many churches who are screening live Masses on their websites.
Please click on the link to the Diocese of Portsmouth (on the right hand side of your screen) and you will find a list of Masses that are being celebrated by Bishop Philip in his private chapel.
You can also visit the website of St Bede's Church, where you will find a link to live Mass screening.
The website: www.churchservices.tv will give to a link to watch Mass in any Catholic Church in the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland,
You can also visit www.farleighschool.com/whats-coming-up-at-farleigh-school.php to follow Mass live streamed from the Chapel of St Therese at Farleigh School.
Instead of receiving Jesus in physical form, make this Spiritual Communion instead:
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Bishop Philip's Latest Pastoral Letter
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Worship
Obviously there is no obligation for anyone to attend church during this time and no-one should feel guilty about not
coming back to church until they feel that it is totally safe to do so. For those who would like to come back into the church for a short private prayer in silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament, St John the Baptist Church will be open for
private prayer only on these days:
Friday 3rd July from 11.00am to 1.00pm.
Monday 6th July from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Friday 10th July from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Monday 13th July from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Friday 17th July from 11.00am to 1.00pm
The following guidelines apply:
Please do not visit the Church if you feel unwell, especially if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss or change in your normal sense of smell or taste.
During these hours only 14 visitors will be able to be in the church at any one time along with a steward, and we will only be using the area under the balcony. We have no idea how many parishioners will want to attend church during these times, but if there is a queue of people outside then we would expect those inside to be considerate with the amount of time they spend in church.
NB The toilets and hall will remain closed.
On entering the Church through the main double doors - which will be kept open - visitors are asked to leave by the side double doors. There will be no holy water and the lighting of devotional candles and the touching of statues is not
permitted. Even though it will not be necessary for visitors to touch anything in the church with their hands, there will be hand gel available, but you are advised to bring your own. We will not be providing any personal protective equipment to our visitors so you will need to bring your own gloves or face mask etc if you require them.
Before leaving we would ask that you take a disinfectant wipe (provided) and wipe down the area you have been sitting in, including the back of the bench that was in front of you, and dispose of the wipe in the bin provided.
Please remember to observe the ‘1 metre plus’ social distancing rule at all times unless you are from the same household.
Please sit in places marked with a green tick, a red cross means please don’t sit here, this is so we can ensure safe spacing. We ask that you do not arrange to meet up with friends to say the Rosary or for group prayer.
Please note, the week of Monday 20th July to Friday 24th July the Church will be closed as we are having new carpets throughout. This could have been done earlier during ‘lockdown’ but unfortunately Teresa was furloughed and couldn’t liaise with the fitters etc. It is something that we have been waiting for, for a long time!
Following this closed week of new carpets, there will be notices of how we intend to proceed opening the Church for
public Masses. More details to follow, but please note there will be no Exposition on 4th July, no Syro-Malabar or Polish Masses for the time being and still no hall hire events.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please remember too, that if you normally give your weekly donation to the Church in the collection plate, you do have the opportunity to make your donation by Direct Debit/Standing Order.
All the forms are on the parish website under the ‘Gift Aid and Donations’ tab.
[Do bear in mind that we still have all our bills to pay each month, all our Direct Debits for Insurance, Utilities, Copyright and Levy to pay, and your donations are needed to fulfil these payments.]
Thank you for your understanding.
We hope and pray that we all are able to stay well and look after each other and our neighbours.
Mass Intentions during Closure
Farther Austin will be celebrating Mass 'behind closed doors' for the foreseeable future.
Below are the Mass Intentions for each day to 10th July:
IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020
PLEASE NOTE - THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE - DEPENDING ON GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS.
The First Confession Service for Group A on Saturday 21st March at 4.00pm has now been moved
to Saturday 29th August at 4.00pm
The First Confession Service for Group B on Saturday 28th March at 4.00pm has now been moved
to Saturday 5th September at 4.00pm.
The First Holy Communion Mass for Group A (Non SJB Pupils) on Saturday 6th June at 11.00am
has been moved to Saturday 12th September at 11.00am.
The First Holy Communion Mass for Group B (SJB Pupils) on Saturday 13th June at 11.00am
has been moved to Saturday 19th September at 11.00am.
The remaining two children’s sessions on 31st March /1st April and 5th/6th May will take place
on 1st/2nd September and 8th/9th September instead.
Parishioner Registration Form (Census Form)
If you haven't registered with the Parish Office, then please find below a Parishioner Registration Form in the 'new' format. Completed forms need to be sent to the Parish Office.