No Sunday Obligation
Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is no longer in force: it has been waived by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales for the duration of the pandemic, to lessen congestion and minimise risk of transmission of coronavirus. Parishioners are encouraged to spread their Mass attendance over the week; you are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass.
20210107 – COVID-19 Action Card for Parishioners and Visitors
COVID-19 Action Card for Parishioners and Visitors
Catholic Parish of Our Lady and St John, Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent
Points of contact:
Parish Priest (Fr Francis Sasinowski: 07932 011150 / 01329 663435)
COVID Co-ordinator (David Vassallo: 07986 788547 / 01329 512726)
1. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
(main symptoms are: fever, new continuous cough, loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste)
Stay at home, self-isolate, do not go to church
Ring 119 (or apply online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test ) to get a free NHS coronavirus test as soon as possible
If you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with or in your support bubble, MUST self-isolate until you get your test result.
Ring David Vassallo as soon as possible, even late at night (do not wait for test result) so that he can initiate the parish’s ‘COVID-19 Standby’ measures and help identify your potential contacts at church.
Create a list of your potential contacts over the previous 48 hours
o See UK Government definition of ‘contact’ (see below)
o Advise known contacts urgently of potential need to self-isolate
2. As soon as you receive your coronavirus test result:
o Resume normal life; seek medical advice if symptoms worsen
o Contact David Vassallo in order for him to ‘Stand Down’ the parish’s ‘Covid-19’ measures
o Reassure your contacts: no need to self-isolate
If positive, give NHS Test & Trace your contacts and obey NHS orders;
o Continue to self-isolate at home, seek medical advice if necessary
o Contact David Vassallo so that he can initiate the parish’s ‘Covid-19 Declared’ measures
UK Government definition of ‘contact’ (updated 18 December 2020)
A contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. You can be a contact anytime from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms, and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others.
A contact can be:
anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19
anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test:
face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a faceto-face conversation within one metre
been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-toface contact
been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
travelled in the same vehicle or a plane
An interaction through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is not usually considered to be a contact, as long as there has been no other contact such as those in the list above.
If you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will be notified by the NHS Test and Trace service via text message, email or phone and should follow this guidance closely.
Volunteer Stewards and Safety
Several safety measures are now in place for the duration of the pandemic, to minimise risk from coronavirus, following guidance by our Bishops and Public Health England. These measures are overseen by volunteer stewards, and I am very grateful to them for volunteering as otherwise we could not reopen for worship.
We need more stewards for the rota in our churches, so if you are between 16 and 70 years of age, fit and well, and not caring for a vulnerable person, do please come forward to help as a volunteer.
Volunteers should contact David Vassallo, volunteer co-ordinator, on or 01329 512726 / 07986788547.
Live Mass Streaming
A live Mass is streamed every day from Portsmouth Cathedral at 12.15 pm and of course there are several Masses on Sundays. Please check the Schedule on the Diocesan website. The Masses are also recorded so if you cannot make the live stream you can catch up at your convenience. To see the live stream go to Portsmouth RC Diocesan website ( or simply click here.