The government has announced that New Zealand is moving to the orange setting in the traffic light system effective as of 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 April 2022.
For faith based gatherings this means the following:
- Registration for Mass is no longer required.
- There is no limit on the numbers who can attend Mass.
- Face masks are encouraged whenever you leave the house. They remain required to be worn by workers, including volunteers, at indoor events and gatherings (ie at Mass). Attendees are not required to wear face masks.
They have previously issued a pastoral letter, Living, Caring, Worshipping and Ministering in a Covid-19 World. In the letter they say,
“We believe that churches should be safe places for all people, physically, emotionally and spiritually. In the spirit of the Gospel, we also want our churches to be places of hospitality and inclusion, open and welcoming to all without prejudice or discrimination.”
The government has given advice for places of worship and we as a diocese are abiding by these.
Holy Communion is under one kind (no chalice), no shaking of hands during the Sign of the Peace, no communion on the tongue and no holy water available in stoops.
Parishes are now free to decide if they choose to have the collection basket passed around, have an offertory procession and have altar servers.
The dispensation from Sunday Mass continues.
Online Masses are being offered. See below for information about this.
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