STAYING IN TOUCH
The Policy issued by the Old Roman bishops, suggests that parishioners and clergy…
- inform one another as soon as possible of any church member becoming isolated,
- that the pastor or church secretary records the date of the start of a person’s isolation (to calculate the date they should be free of infection),
- that the pastor make every effort to stay in regular contact with the isolated person.
The Policy also suggests for those parishes/missions with a localised congregation in a geographical neighbourhood, a system of “street wardens” be established.
A “street warden” is a nominated member of the church who agrees to become a point of contact between the church and any church member living on their street who is self-isolating, and even perhaps for anybody else as well (as a form of witness and outreach).
The “street warden” would let the pastor know of someone becoming self-isolating, would maintain regular contact with the member perhaps through electronic means eg mobile phone, talking through a door or window and be prepared to arrange the supply of provisions eg medicine or food etc.
Keeping in touch digitally
- Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person.
- You can also arrange phone calls or send instant messages or texts.
- If you’re worried that you might run out of stuff to talk about, make a plan with someone to watch a show or read a book separately so that you can discuss it when you contact each other.
- Think of other ways to keep in contact with people while meeting in person is not possible. For example, you could check your phone numbers are up to date, or that you have current email addresses for friends you’ve not seen for a while.
- “Online is the only place I can really make friends, so that helps obviously. For people who cannot get out to socialise, the internet is a link to the outside world. It IS a social life of sorts.”
If you’re worried about loneliness
- Think about things you can do to connect with people. For example, putting extra pictures up of the people you care about might be a nice reminder of the people in your life.
- Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your home feels too quiet.
Keep your mind stimulated
- Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles.
- There are lots of apps that can help you learn things, such as a foreign language or other new skills.
For twelve years the Oratory has been broadcasting the Daily Mass Online and this will continue. Due to our partnership with the Salvation Army and the requirements of their denomination’s Covid Policy, the Chapel is not currently open to the public.