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Places of worship and religious gatherings - easing of covid-19 restrictions
From this Friday, February 12th, an unlimited number of people can attend Mass, provided that the one person per 2m2 rule is observed. Now that the 2m2 rule has been reinstated, Archbishop Anthony has lifted the dispensation from our Sunday Mass obligation. The Catholic faithful are once again obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation when this is reasonably possible. If restrictions are once again tightened, and attendance at places of worship limited to one person per 4m2, the dispensation will once again be in place. Those who are of great age, have health conditions or are otherwise anxious about the risks of COVID-19 are free to remain at home and find another way of keeping the Sabbath holy. Priests should encourage parishioners to return to regular Sunday worship.
Holy Family Parish will be allowed up to 280 attendees at each Mass inside the Church with provisions in the foyer, if the attendance numbers increase.
Mask wearing. Parishioners are encouraged to wear masks where social distancing is not possible, but this is no longer mandatory.
Choirs. Indoor choirs are limited to five people. The small choir should face forwards and not towards each other, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each chorister, and 5 metres from all other people including members of the congregation, where practical.
Congregational singing. Congregational singing is still not permitted for indoor Masses.
Special Directives for Churches and Liturgies for the Archdiocese of Sydney under current COVIDSafe restrictions from 29 January 2021
What will be happening at Holy Family Parish during this time
- Confession will be held in the Church on Saturdays from 4.30pm until 5.30pm.
- Please feel free to ask any priest for confession around the Daily Mass times or otherwise.
- All public Masses have a maximum of 280 attendees inside the Church at each Mass. Masses will be offered at 9.15am, Tuesday to Saturday (Friday Mass will be followed by Adoration and Benediction, but not on the First Friday of the month). First Friday Sacred Heart Masses at 7pm. 13 hour Adoration, following the Mass.
- Adoration in the Church at 8.30am each day prior to weekday Masses (maximum 141 attendees).
- NO NEED TO BOOK IN FOR MASSES AT THIS TIME, BUT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU ARRIVE EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SEAT IN THE CHURCH.
- There will be no offertory procession, no passing out of daily prayer books or collection plates.
- Sign of peace – given without any physical contact. You can say “Peace be with you” and offer a smile, wave, nod or bow.
- Holy Communion shall be distributed by the priest and acolyte only. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance of the Church.
- QR CODES WILL NOW BE COMPULSARY FOR CHURCHES. ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE THE QR CODE and verify a successful QR registration. The government will show some leniency in the case of technically-challenged, perhaps elderly, parishioners who are unable to use the QR Code. In this case they will be required to record their contact details on a register in the foyer of the Church, so that they can be used for contact tracing.
- Private Prayer – the Church will be opened Tuesday to Thursday from 9.45am (after the completion of Mass) until 4pm and Friday from 10.30am until 4pm for up to 280 people at one time. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel will be available for private prayer, but with a maximum limit of 4 people.
- At risk parishioners are strongly encouraged not to attend (eg. the very elderly, those with any symptoms, those with compromised immune or respiratory systems).
WHAT THE FAITHFUL CAN DO TO KEEP HOLY THEIR SUNDAY
Set aside some time for prayer at home
Read the Scriptures of the day
Watch Mass on television or online
Pray the Rosary
And ask God for the graces you would normally receive in Holy Communion.
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the wellbeing of the people they are meant to serve.
Lord Jesus Christ, heal us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
The Parish office hours are now Tuesday to Friday 8am until 4pm, you can contact us either by phone on 9543 2677 or email email@example.com
Enquiries regarding First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation please contact our Sacramental Coordinator on 9532 0546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
— Colossians 3:16