When to test for Covid-19

Symptoms of Covid-19: You need a test if you have any of the following:
A high temperature: any new high temperature where the person feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature).
A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.
You DO NOT need a test if you have a runny nose, sneezing or feeling unwell
but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of taste, or change in sense of
smell. Why? because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (January 2021)

There are 2.2 million people in England classified as being at high-risk, including those who have received organ transplants or are on immunosuppressant drugs. On checking the NHS website this is the current list of conditions, which fall into this category they are:

  • those who have had an organ transplant
  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
  • are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
  • are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • have been told by a doctor you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
  • have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
  • those who are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)
  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant
  • those who have a problem with their spleen or those who have had their spleen removed (splenectomy)
  • an adult with Down’s syndrome
  • any adult who is having dialysis or has severe (stage 5) long-term kidney disease; or
  • who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs.

Update: New Lockdown January 2021

Update: New Lockdown January 2021

What can stay open/carry on:

  • Garden centres
  •  Nurseries
  • Places of worship. You can go to Mass or visit the Church.
  • Playgrounds
  • Dentists + Opticians
  • Funerals (up to 30)
  • Moving house

Masses and prayers at St. Elizabeth’s will continue as before. 

Monday – 9:15am Mass (Virtual only)
Wednesday – 9:15am (Public), 7:00pm Holy Rosary.
Thursday –  9:15am Mass (Virtual only)
Friday  – 6:30pm (Public).
Saturday – 9:15am (Public).
Sunday – 9:15am  (Public)

The UK Government announced further restrictions to combat the on-going Covid-19.

Those living in England have been instructed to stay at home, expect for specific reasons (see list below). Individuals are expected to follow this guidance immediately.

Leaving home:

Individuals must not leave or be outside of their home except where necessary.

Individuals can leave their home to:

  • shop for necessities, for themselves, their family or for a vulnerable person
  • go to work, if they cannot reasonably do so remotely (from their home) or provide voluntary or charitable services
  • exercise with their household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and they should not travel outside their local area.
  • meet their support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if they are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness, or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible
  • [for] animal welfare reason – individuals can leave their homes for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment
  • attend communal worship and life events – individuals can leave their homes to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or events related to a death, a burial ground event related to a death, a burial ground, or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. Places of worship and individuals must follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must avoid mingling with anyone outside of their  household or support bubble when attending a place of worship. Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based, or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

If an individual does leave their home for a permitted reason, they should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where they live. They may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If an individual is designated as clinically extremely vulnerable (see attached for list of conditions) they should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. They should not attend work.

Meeting others

Individuals cannot leave their home to meet socially with anyone they do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if they are legally permitted to form one).

Individuals can continue to exercise on your own, with one other person, or with their household or support bubble.

Individuals should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

There are further reasonable reasons, these include to fulfil legal obligations or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting, or renting a residential property, or where it is reasonably necessary for voting in an election or referendum.

It is expected that these new restrictions will remain for some time to come.

Thank you.
Fr Moses Pitya David, AJ
Father Moses, Parish Priest

Updates for Christmas Masses 2020.

Parish Notices
Christmas Masses 2020.
This is to inform all our parishioners that we are now fully booked for Christmas Masses. May I take this opportunity to thank you all for booking in advance. It has been a challenging time to all of us due to the pandemic, something none of us has ever experienced before – booking a place to
attend Christmas Mass. But because of Covid-19 regulations, the Church is only allowed to have a minimum number of people for Mass at a given time, as our three masses are already full to the capacity allocated to us. I am only sorry for all those who have not booked and might want to attend Mass in Church – that it is no longer possible. The good news is that all our church’s services are now online via internet.

Please I encourage you to join our Mass online on:
https://www.watchmcnmedia.tv/camera/st-elizabethchurch-coventry

Or www.mcnmedia.tv

The Mass times are as indicated below.
Mass Times:
6:30pm – Vigil Mass
9:15am – Christmas Day
11:15am – Christmas Day
 Just to remind you that those who have
booked are asked to collect their tickets from the church
or presbytery (office) before Christmas.
 Please make sure you are seated in church 10 (ten)
minutes before Mass. The seating will
be on First-come-First-take bases.
 Thank you. Fr Moses.

New Year Eve and New Year Day Mass.
There will be a public Mass in Church on New Year’s Eve at 6:30pm for all those who would like to thank God for the year 2020. There is no MIDNIGHT Mass.

The New year Day 2021 Mass will be at 10:30am, and all are welcome to attend. Booking for these Masses will be at the entrance of the Church. Wishing you all very happy and Blessed New Year 2021.

Christmas Mass

Planning for Christmas 2020.
Please book one of these Masses for Christmas.
Booking by email, text or call the Sisters or Fr Moses to
book. Please could you also share the information in
your social media accounts as well as with your friends
and neighbours, who normally attend Christmas with
us!
Christmas Mass Times:
6:30pm – Vigil Mass (Children & Families Mass)
9:15am – Christmas Day
11:15am – Christmas Day
 If you have pre-booked, please collect your booking
tickets today.
If you have not yet booked you must book in
advance to attend Christmas Mass this year.
Everyone, adult and child must have a seat.
 Seats can be booked at all Masses during Weekday
and Sunday, or through the Sisters, or Fr Moses in
the office at the Presbytery.
 Thank you.

Christmas Preparation Coventry Deanery (Booking Mass)

Dear Parishioners,
This year has been difficult because of the impact of Covid-19. Some of you will have unfortunately lost loved ones, leaving many grieving families, some of you will have had the illness yourselves, and then there has been the terrible economic impact too. Despite these challenges we keep living our lives as best as we can and rely on the hope that the light of Christ brings to each of us.

We look forward to welcoming you to church over Christmas. Please remember that Christmas masses will also be livestreamed, so if you feel it is safer to watch mass over the internet, this will be a sensible option for you and one approved by the church. We are sure you will appreciate that things will be different this year and we have to keep people safe and follow the Government guidelines. It is important that you make yourself aware of the mass times over Christmas at your local church and we ask that you attend mass at the parish nearest your home.

Each Church in Coventry will have some form of booking system and it is important that you are aware of what to do. We are not allowed just to have people turning up over Christmas as we have to have accurate numbers to make sure the churches are not over-crowded. If
you come to church, you will need to wear a mask and will have to adhere to track and trace requirements. There will be people in church to guide you and to explain the arrangements. This Christmas there will not be any communal singing of carols and your church may use soloist or recorded music and singing. There will be clear instructions about receiving communion and leaving and returning to your seats. Details of how to book will be on your parish newsletter and website and on the  Deanery website: https://coventry-catholicdeanery.org.uk/new/.

It is important that we let people know about these arrangements, especially those who may not come to church regularly, but will expect to attend over Christmas. We will be sending out this letter through all our parishes and schools in Coventry. As we begin our Advent preparations for Christmas, let us pray for each other that we can celebrate Christmas with great joy and mindful of each other’s safety.

With prayers and best wishes.

The Priests and Deacons of the Coventry Deanery

Final IICSA Report

Final IICSA Report
The Bishops of England and Wales have met in prayer and dialogue to respond to the final IICSA
Report into the Catholic Church. The report shows institutional failures on the part of the Church
which failed to keep the vulnerable safe from abuse and failed to offer compassionate responses to
those who suffered. It is with shame and profound sorrow that we recognise these failures and
accept our need for a change of heart. Our first thoughts and prayers must always be for those who
have suffered. In their terrible suffering we must also recognise that they are our best teachers on
how to improve.
The bishops have also responded to the Elliot Report. This independent review and report was
commissioned by the bishops to recommend changes that are necessary to ensure best practice in
safeguarding in the Church at every level. Victims/Survivors of abuse in the Church have played a
crucial role in presenting the bishops with these necessary recommendations. The bishops have
accepted and will implement all the recommendations contained in both the Elliot and the IICSA
Reports.
Safeguarding is the work of all of us in the Church. I wish to thank all the volunteers and clergy in
our parishes who help to ensure that they are safe places for all-comers. The IICSA Report
acknowledges the vast improvements over the last 20 years in safeguarding practices. The
acceptance and implementation of the Elliott Review recommendations will help us all improve
further. The Bishops’ Conference, under the leadership of Cardinal Vincent, is committed to improve
our practices and our responses to those who have suffered.
Abuse has no place in the Church. The Archdiocese will always report allegations to and co-operate
fully with the police and statutory agencies. I invite anyone who has suffered abuse to contact the
police or if appropriate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team: safeguarding@rcbirmingham.org. You are encouraged to read the Bishops’ Statement in full.
Thank you for your prayers for all those who have suffered abuse, within and beyond the Church, as
well as for Cardinal Vincent and the bishops at this important moment. Please find details
information here in this diocesan website: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/statement-onsafeguarding-from-the-bishops-conference

Statement on Vaccination

Parish Notices
Statement on Vaccination
A statement from Bishop Richard Moth, Chair of the
Department of Social Justice, on the production and use
of a Covid-19 vaccination is available via the diocesan
intranet. This statement was approved for publication by
the bishops of the Department for Social Justice at their
recent meeting and goes out in their name. There are
several key points to draw everyone attention regarding
this statement:
1. A vaccination against Covid-19 is, in principle, a social
good to protect people from harm.
2. We urge the Government to develop an ethically
sourced vaccine as an alternative to one derived from
foetal cell lines.
3. The Government assures us that new foetal cell lines
are not being used in the development of a Covid-19
vaccine.
4. The Church teaches that for grave reasons a vaccine
developed from cell lines taken from human tissue taken
from aborted foetuses in the past may be used in good
conscience.
5. Individuals must educate their conscience in the
teaching of the Church and make their own judgement
about whether to accept a Covid-19 vaccine.
6. There must be fair access for all people to the vaccine.
7. The vaccine must be safe and effective to use.
If you have any queries regarding this statement, please
contact Stephanie MacGillivray at the Bishops’
Conference Secretariat
(Stephanie.MacGillivray@CBCEW.Org.uk)