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Site updated for .... 18th OCTOBER 2020

Hibiscus Coast Parish

7th October 2020

Dear Parishioners,

With the great news announced on Monday that we will move to Level 1 at 11:59pm tonight, this means there are no longer restrictions on the number of people who attend Mass, therefore we will be able to begin resuming a normal Parish life.

Our usual Mass timetable will resume as from Thursday 8th October – with one slight change. The 10:15am Mass will be moved permanently to the 10:30am from this Sunday 11th October .

During Level 2 Fr Emile was the only priest available to celebrate the Sunday Mass, this meant he celebrated 5 Masses on the Saturday and Sunday. Because of this we moved the 10:15am Mass to 10:30am to allow him time to chat with the parishioners at St Francis after the 8:30am Mass, and travel back to St John’s Orewa safely, without rushing. This extra 15 minutes made a great difference.

All other Parish acitivites will resume once the various groups have had time to organise when these will begin. Please keep an eye out for information about this in the newsletter.

While restrictions have been lifted in Level 1 there are a few reminders we must all keep in mind:

  • Contact tracing registers are no longer required. However it is recommended that individuals keep track of their own movements in a contact tracing diary – this can be done using the NZ Government Contact Tracing App and scanning QR codes which we will have displayed at the churches.
  • Hygiene – it is important to continue regular handwashing and/or sanitising habits. Sanitiser will be at the doors of both churches.
  • Communion – Communion will continue to be offered by one kind only and received in the hand, not on the tongue.
  • Please stay at home if you are unwell.
We look forward to coming together as a full Parish community again to celebrate the Eucharist and, once groups are ready, joining in the regular parish activities.

There will be people who are not able to come back to Mass yet, please reach out to anyone you know who is in this position. Please share the above 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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