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Hibiscus Coast Parish

5th March 2021

Auckland is at Covid Level 3 from 6:00am Sunday 28th February for 7 days.

Dear Parishioners

Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday 7th March. We will open the churches for Sunday services with the addition of the 12:15pm Mass. However it is important to note that we are once again limited to gatherings of no more than 100. We ask you to please consider carefully when you will attend Mass so that we can avoid having to turn away anyone.

Please note the following:

  • If you are in a position to attend a weekday Mass instead of Sunday then please do so as this will leave space for those only able to attend on Sunday.
  • At the 10:30am Mass the RCIA and RCIC participants need to be at Mass for the first of their three scrutinies in the lead up to their Baptism at Easter.
  • The 12:15pm Mass has only ever had about 30-40 people attend so if you are able to attend this Mass instead of the 10:30am it will be a big help.
Numbers are limited to 100 - Please do not be offended if we have to stop you entering when numbers are reached.

For those unable to attend Mass because of restrictions to numbers or health reasons “Not all parishioners will be able to attend Mass because of the restrictions of numbers. Others will not attend due to health reasons, concerns or fears. For these reasons, the dispensation of attendance at Sunday Mass continues.” - from New Zealand Catholic Bishops

Mass Timetable (please note some changes to Mass times)

Sunday 8:30am – St Francis, Manly
10:30am – St John’s, Orewa
12:15pm – St John’s, Orewa (Level 2 only)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am – St John’s, Orewa
Monday to Saturday 9:30am – St Francis, Manly

Remember the following
  • Entry to the church will be through one door to help keep count of the numbers entering.
  • Sanitise your hands as you enter the church.
  • Contact tracing is required for every person attending Mass (including children) – QR codes are displayed for those with the Government contact tracing App. All others will need to complete the contact tracing forms on entry - please complete the required information. You might like to bring your own pen.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. Families may sit together, but there needs to be 2 metres between different families.
  • No kneeling on the kneelers – this will help to maintain physical distancing with those seated in front of you.
Please arrive early for Mass to allow time for santising, contact tracing etc.

The collection will be at the door as you enter the church. Baskets will not be passed around at Offertory time.

Holy Communion
The guidelines for the reception of Holy Communion and health practices during a pandemic remain in place.

Singing There will be no singing at the Masses as singing can lead to the spray of droplets which can cause spread of the virus. Humming is alright.

While mask wearing is not mandatory, masks are encouraged.

Live Streamed Masses
Masses will continue to be available on Shine TV (Freeview Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201) at 2pm.

Your help is needed
For the 12:15pm Mass we will be looking for the following:
  • 1 x person for co-ordinator and Prayers of the Faithful
  • 1 x Altar Server
  • 2 x readers
  • 1 x Minister of Communion

If you can help with one of the ministries at the 12:15pm Mass on Sunday please email Catherine Cyprian c.cyprian@xtra.co.nz by 4pm Saturday 6th March so a roster can be put in place for the Mass.

Parish activities
Other parish activities are able to resume provided numbers stay under 100, physical distancing and is observed, and hygiene practices are followed.

Please share this information with fellow parishioners, particularly those you know do not have internet access.

Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support in this time.

Be kind and stay safe.

Catherine Cyprian
Chairperson of the Hibiscus Coast PPC

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