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Site updated for .... 20th SEPTEMBER 2020

22 September 2020

Dear Parishioners

Great news! With the numbers for mass gatherings lifted to 100 on Wednesday 23 September at 11:59pm we will be able to resume celebrating Mass from Saturday 26th September.

Mass Timetable (please note some changes to Mass times)

Saturday 9:30am – St John’s, Orewa
5:30pm – St John’s, Orewa

Sunday 8:30am – St Francis, Manly
10:30am – St John’s, Orewa (Please note the change of time during Alert Level 2)
12:15pm – St John’s, Orewa

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am – St John’s, Orewa

Monday to Saturday 9:30am – St Francis, Manly

Numbers are limited to 100

Please do not be offended if we have to stop you entering when numbers are reached. Check out the Mass timetable above and see if there is another Mass you could attend.
If you are in a position to a be able to attend Mass during the week please do so, this will leave space for those who are only able to attend on Sunday.

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 forms on entry - please complete the required information. You might like to bring your own pen. For the weekend Masses you will be handed a form as you enter the carpark to complete in your vehicle to avoid queues inside. Please hand this form and your number card in at the door. For the weekday Masses the contact tracing forms will be inside the church foyers.
  • 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.

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.

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

Live Streamed Masses
Masses will continue to be available on live stream https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/ and on Shine TV (Freeview Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201) at 2pm.

Your help is needed
For the newly added 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 are willing to help out in any of these ministeries please see the person at the Contact Tracing table and offer your services.

We also require people to help the PPC members with tracking numbers, overseeing Contact Tracing and with the cleaning of the church after Mass (this does not take long).

The Masses can only go ahead if we have people help with these ministries. If you can help as a Minister for the 12:15pm Mass or with the counting and contact tracing at any of the Masses please email Catherine Cyprian c.cyprian@xtra.co.nz by Saturday 26th September so a roster can be put in place for the next two weeks at least.

We look forward to celebrating the Mass as a community again, with as many of you as we can within the Covid-19 guidelines.

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.

Catherine Cyprian
Chairperson of the Hibiscus Coast PPC

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