Information for Parishes
Instructions for Priests:
Following the Bishop's decree (available here) Parish priests should take the following steps:
Indefinitely suspend all Public Masses and Community Events from Friday 20th March, encouraging the faithful to make use of the spiritual resources available to them. Put signs on the doors of the Church and on websites/social media pages to let people know about the suspension and closure of churches.
Indefinitely suspend all common devotions (e.g. Rosary, Stations of the Cross) whilst encouraging the faithful to perform these devotions individually.
Postpone (where possible) all Baptisms, Weddings, and Requiem Masses.
Postpone any planned First Holy Communion and Confirmation Masses
Remove Holy Water from the stoups and fonts in their churches
Cease using hymn books, shared missals, and collection plates
End any veneration of relics, the cross, statues, and icons by kissing or touch
What can we do?
Although our public Masses and community events must be cancelled, there is still much the Church can do to accompany people during these difficult times:
Continue taking communion to the sick in emergencies - making sure to follow the hygiene instructions in the Bishop's decree
Continue saying your daily Masses especially offered for the end of this pandemic (these should be offered in private)
Continue funeral liturgies at the gravesides and the crematoria, subject to government restrictions.
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Advice for clergy regarding their own self-isolation
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