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Updated 26 March 2021

Latest protocols for NSW parishes (effective March 27th 2021) 

  1. If you are unwell, stay home.

  2. Covid-Safe Business
    All Parishes must comply with the NSW Government requirement to complete a Covid-Safe Plan and register as a Covid-Safe Business.

  3. Maximum Attendance
    a. Attendance at Places of Worship is limited to one person per two square metres (excluding clergy and liturgical ministers).
    b. Physical distancing is to be practiced. People from different households are to remain 1.5m apart.

  4. Hygiene practices
    a. Sanitisation of hands before entering the church, hall, prayer room, etc.
    b. Wiping down of pews and common areas at conclusion of Mass or gathering is encouraged.
    c. Priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to purify hands with sanitiser before and after offering Holy Communion.
    d. Limit the use of communal books. Ensure they are cleaned between use.

  5. Register of people upon entering the church, hall, prayer room, etc.
    a. Name, phone number and entry time to be recorded and kept securely for at least 28 days.
    b. Any paper-based records must be entered into electronic format (spreadsheet/database) within 12 hours.

  6. Eucharist
    a. Holy Communion may be received in the hand or on the tongue. Those wishing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue are to approach only after Holy Communion has been distributed to all those receiving on the hand.
    b. Sacred Host to be offered only, not the Precious Blood.
    c. No touching at the sign of peace.
    d. No offertory procession.
    e. No collection plates are to be passed around.

  7. Communion to Sick and Elderly Persons
    Normal pastoral practice continues including Communion to sick persons in hospitals, aged care homes and private homes.

  8. Anointing of the Sick
    Normal Pastoral Practice continues.
    a. Anointing of the sick in hospitals, aged care and private homes if permitted to enter.
    b. If the person has COVID-19, please consult the Bishop’s Office.

  9. Singing
    We have been granted an exemption to allow for congregational singing from this Saturday 27th so this means we can sing for Palm Sunday.

Most Rev Mark Edwards OMI 
Bishop of Wagga Wagga 

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic

Pope Francis has authorised the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.

The decree can be found here:
https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.html

Confessions

The faithful are encouraged to make use of the tradition and practice of daily examen. Confessions may be requested and arranged, respecting the social distancing requirements.

Online Mass and Prayer Resources

https://www.stpatricksalbury.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Online-Mass-and-Prayer-Resources-18032020.pdf