Welcome to St Austin's Catholic Parish, Stafford
We are now able to live stream masses from Saint Austin's
Masses being streamed this week are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am Wednesday at 7.00 pm and Friday at 12.00 noon. The First Mass of Sunday is on Saturday at 4.30 pm and Sunday Mass is at 10.30 am.
Mass will be live streamed on Youtube for 10th August 2020 at 1pm
Reopening of Churches for Mass:
For the coming weeks we will continue with the church open for Mass on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.00 p.m. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Mass will be celebrated but not open the public. These times may have to change from time to time for Funeral etc. but we will keep you informed as best we can through the Parish Newsletter and Website. All Masses will continue to be live streamed.
As we welcome you back we ask you to be aware of the following regulations: Wear a face covering on entering the church. Enter and Exit by separate doors. Sanitize hands on entry and exit. Observe One Metre+ Social Distancing. The church can hold a minimum of 58 people Sit on Seats marked with Green Spots. Family Members may sit together. There will be: No Singing at Mass. No handshake at the Sign of Peace. No Communion from the Chalice. Communion to be received on the hand. The Toilets will not be open. Follow the Stewards instructions.
Please see attached letter from Cardinal Vincent and the Archbishops of England regarding the re-opening of churches for Mass
Year A 19th Sunday: Matthew 14,13-22
Several of you have asked how you can continue giving to your parish during the pandemic.
PLEASE DO NOT WORRY. We appreciate the many difficulties and hardships that people are going through, with many out of work.
If, however, you feel you can make a contribution at this time, a standing order is the easiest option for your regular giving. This can be done via online banking, or by completing and sending a paper Standing Order form to your Bank. In either case, please contact Phil Hood on 01785 211701 and he will help you.
Alternatively, you may like to give a one-off donation. You will need access to the internet for this. Go to the Diocesan Website at www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk and click on the red DONATE button on the top right hand corner. This will allow you to give by credit or debit card.
How is CAFOD responding to coronavirus?We have launched an emergency appeal for funds, because the impact of coronavirus in countries with poor health systems will be devastating. Please visit the site to see how you can help.
If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding and the Church’s work, please call
0121 230 6240. If you would like to speak to someone independent of the Church you can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Message from Archbishop Bernard Longley:
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its report on the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
We apologise to all victims and survivors of child sex abuse. We hope that with this Inquiry they feel that they have been listened to. Even so, words are not enough.
We are committed to continuing to improve our safeguarding procedures and to listen to and learn from victims and survivors. Past failings must never happen again. The diocesan response to the report can be found at
If you have a safeguarding matter to report please contact the Archdiocese safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice for Parishes Regarding Coronavirus. Please see the attached advice given by The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales in conjunction with the Government and The NHS.