Phase 3 Letter to Parishioners

3 June 2020

White Flowers

Dear fellow parishioners,

RE: Covid-19 Restrictions

On the weekend, we received an email from the Archdiocese containing this link to the Phase Three part of the WA government’s “roadmap” out of Covid 19:

We met last night as a Parish Council to discuss the best way forward. The system that we have devised with Fr. Ossie is as follows:

· 100 people can attend each Mass, with up to ten additional people to facilitate the service (acolyte, reader, musician etc). Mass times will be as follows:

  • Monday: no mass

  • Tuesday: 7.00pm

  • Wednesday: 9.00am

  • Thursday: 9.00am

  • Friday: 7.00pm

  • Saturday: 6.00pm

  • Sunday: 8.30am and 10.00am

· It is no longer necessary to phone and book to attend Mass. However, attendance will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Once we have hit 100 attendees (with an additional 20 in the foyer), no one further will be admitted.

· When you arrive at the church, you will need to record your name, address and phone number or email address. This is a government requirement in case contact tracing is required in the event that a parishioner contracts Covid-19 or influenza. Record sheets will be available on tables, attached to clipboards. These records will be filed securely and only used by public health officials in the unlikely event that this occurs.

· We ask that you use the hand sanitiser on your way into the church.

· The bulletin will be available for weekend Masses, but copies are not to be reused. If you pick up a copy of the bulletin, you will need to take it home with you.

· There is to be no shaking hands for the Sign of Peace, but we can acknowledge one another with a nod.

· The cleaning requirements following Mass are quite onerous. To reduce this burden, we ask that you wipe down your pew afterwards with the antiseptic wipes provided.

· Crosses have been marked on the pews to ensure that people are 1.5m apart (families are an exception to the crosses, as they are already “close contacts” and hence do not need to distance from one other). The church comfortably accommodates 100 people without breaking the one person per 2m2 rule. As there is a dividing wall, another 20 people can be accommodated in the foyer. Crosses are marked on the floor in the foyer to indicate where the chairs must go.

· There will be one reader and one acolyte per Mass.

· There will not be an offertory procession – Mass will commence with the gifts already on the altar and hygienically covered.

· Doors to the toilets and the hall will be left open to reduce the risk of infection from touching door handles.

· To reduce the potential for contact transmission, collection baskets will not be passed around. Instead, boxes will be left in the foyer. If you wish to donate, please put your offering in the marked boxes either as you arrive or as you depart.

· When going up to Communion, we will be going up single file and going to either Fr. Ossie or the acolyte to receive the Host when we get to the altar. Remember to maintain 1.5m from the person in front of you. If you are sitting in the foyer, wait there and Fr. Ossie will bring you Communion once he has finished in the body of the church. You will need to receive the Host with your hands, not onto your tongue.

· At the conclusion of Mass, we ask that you leave via the marked exits without staying behind to chat. Remember to maintain social distancing while exiting (keep 1.5m away from the person in front of you). The time for socialising after Mass will come, but it has not arrived yet!

· Please remember that these changes are new to all of us, and bear with us as we try to make it all happen. There are bound to be hiccups in the first couple of weeks, and patience and a smile will go a long way at this tricky time.

These Masses will commence on Saturday the 6th of June.

If you are unable to attend Mass due to your health, you are still excused from the normal Sunday obligation and can watch the St. Mary’s Cathedral Mass on the Archdiocese of Perth website, Facebook or YouTube at the following links at 12.10pm weekdays and 11.00am Saturdays:

There are additional requirements for weddings, baptisms and funerals, but these are best discussed individually with Fr. Ossie. For now, Children’s Liturgy, morning teas, fundraisers and the Sacramental Program remain on hold.

Hospitals and nursing homes have changed their visiting rules. If you have a loved one in hospital or aged care who needs a pastoral visit, please ask the hospital or nursing home to contact Fr. Ossie directly to request a visit, rather than doing so yourself. If Fr. Ossie turns up without being invited by a staff member, there is a risk that he will be turned away and the visit will not take place.

The Archdiocese recommends that you download the COVID19 safe app to your phone to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to allow social distancing restrictions to be eased.

This letter will be emailed out via the email address lists for every ministry. Apologies in advance if you receive it multiple times.

Kind regards

Marie Tiley

Chair, Parish Pastoral Council

Marianne Taylor

Secretary, Parish Pastoral Council

Holy Family Catholic Church