On the The Archdiocese website there is the following message from Cardinal John:
Now we are back in COVID-19 Alert Level 1 and can gather without restriction on numbers, we will be celebrating Sunday Masses together again. However some restrictions are still in place in parishes, including not shaking hands at the Sign of Peace.
Some parishes have begun using Sign Language at the Sign of Peace, which people have enjoyed and which acknowledges our deaf community. I encourage everyone to consider doing this, and this video from the Diocese of Auckland shows how to use sign language to offer the sign of peace.
Meditation of the day
New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops Election 2020 Statement is available in full here.
Voters are urged to say “no” to the euthanasia referendum and are asked to give “serious thoughts” when considering the cannabis referendum.
Alert Level 2 will be reviewed on Sunday 6th September.
Until then there will be NO celebration of Sunday Masses.
Weekday Mass resumes from Thursday 20 August with the guidelines set out by the Cardinal in place.
– Keep the social distancing of two meters in each direction
– The ability to track and trace must be available
– Hand sanitiser must be available
– Communion is to be the Body of Christ to be received on the hand only
– No sign of peace and No holy water.
Our churches now have individual QR codes from the Ministry of Health to help with this. It is recommended that all those with smartphones download the Covid19 app for this purpose
People who are unwell should not come to Mass
A reminder to continue to follow good hygiene practices
Anyone who is showing new onset or worsening symptoms of one or more of the following should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP.:
* Sore throat
* Runny nose
* Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
* Temporary loss of smell