Coronavirus update from the Archdiocese

Coronavirus Update as at 25th September 2020
The following advice was received from the Archbishop on Friday of this week,
Most of the Archdiocese is now under not just national rulings but also local lockdown regulations.
It seems clear that:
From NOW:
Home visits should not be taking place, so the permission for visiting with Holy Communion should not be
used at the moment.

From Monday 28th September:
Baptisms: There can only be 6 people present (the rule of 6 applies.)

Weddings: There can only be 15 in the Church and for the reception.

Funerals: The number remains at 30 (although any reception is now limited to a gathering of 6).
As a result, those attending funerals, apart from the immediate family,
will be asked to take their seats in Church before the Service begins.

1st Communions: Small groups (not more than 6 people) are allowed to celebrate 1st Communions
within a special Mass. As the arrangements that we had already made fall within this criteria,
the 1st Communion celebrations planned for the next three weeks will go ahead.

QR Codes: The new track and trace NHS app asks that places of worship set up a QR bar code and have it
on posters around the entrances to churches so that people can use a smart phone to register their presence.
Each of our Churches now has its own unique QR code which you will find on posters at the entrance to
the Church.

Once again, I would remind you that we are only able to open our Churches at all thanks to the generosity
of those who have volunteered to steward and clean the Churches before and after services. They have now
been doing so continuously for 3 months. As more people are now coming back to Mass, I would ask you
once again to consider whether you can give some time to help in this regard.

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