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All Masses at Holy Family Church have been suspended until further notice.

Please see more details from Fr Eugene:

In response  to the request of the health authorities. I am introducing  the following  special  pastoral measures,  effective from the evening of Friday 20th March 2020.  The obligation  for the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed  until further  notice.
 
1)  All  churches  and  chapels,   as well  as all other  places  where  regular  Sunday  and  weekday  public  Masses  are celebrated,  are to suspend  all public Masses. Fr Eugene: I will be celebrating Masses at the normal scheduled times, but the doors will be locked.
 
2) Wherever   possible,  during  the period,   churches  will  remain  open,  especially  on  Sundays,  for  individual  private prayers, without  any organised  services,  and offering  prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The Church will be open from 10.15am ~ 12pm Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday for private prayer.
 
3) The faithful may choose one of the following  alternatives  to attending  Sunday Mass:
•        Taking  part may include watching  a Sunday  Mass online, or on television, and so receive  Holy Communion spiritually;   OR
•       Reflecting on the Sunday  Liturgical text, reading the Bible or saying the Rosary
Fr Eugene: I hope to be able to offer Daily Mass / Stations of the Cross via the Parish Website. Details will be published on the Website.
 
4) Priests
(parish  priest and assistant  priests) who hold parochial office may say a daily private Mass in a church within their parish, on the understanding  that the public will  not be invited to be in attendance.  Other priests (retired from office or entrusted  with a non-parochial  ministry)   may celebrate  Mass without  the faithful in a church, chapel  or their private home.   Deacons  should  not participate   in  these  celebrations. The  continuing  celebration  of Mass  ensures  that the faithful can join in spiritual communion  with the priests of the church.
 
5) Baptisms  
should be deferred  until such time when the public health advice is that congregations  can gather safely. In case of necessity,  ( in an emergency or in danger of death) baptisms  should  be celebrated  with all the hygiene  precautions  that have been laid down by the Church  in its COVID-19  advice.
 
6)
The Sacrament  of Penance  may be offered  on request  as long as hygiene and social distancing  requirements  are observed, for example  a physical barrier between  the penitent and the priest such as a grille and cloth. Fr Eugene: I will be in the Church on Saturdays from 10.30 ~ 11am.
 
7) First Confession  and First Holy Communion  
celebrations  should  be postponed  until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our churches.
 

8) The celebrations  of Confirmation  should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume  public worship.
 
 
9) Where  possible, the celebration  of the Sacrament  of Matrimony  should be deferred  until such time that people can gather in numbers  safely. However,  if this is not possible and only in the most pressing of circumstances,  attendance for the marriage  should  be restricted  to the celebrant,  bride and groom  and  immediate  family,  and if necessary,  the legal Registrar.

 
10) No pastoral visits  should  be made to people who are self-isolating,   though  phone support  can be offered.  When anointing  the sick,  the Oil   of the Sick can be applied   using a cotton bud which  can be burned afterwards  (one for the head and the other for the hands). The  priest should  extend  his hands over the sick person for laying on of hands, without  physical contact,  which  is a valid mode of celebrating  the sacraments  which involve "laying  on of hands".   Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow the infection control advice of staff from the respective  institutions.
 
11) Funeral services  should take place at either the graveside  or crematorium,  subject to the conditions  laid down  by the cemetery  or crematorium  authorities.   Arrangements   should  be made  for a Mass to be celebrated  in memoriam when congregations  are allowed to gather safely.
 
The  Church,   being a responsible  member  of society,   has the duty to maintain  public  hygiene  and promote  the common good.   Therefore,  parish clergy, religious and the lay faithful are to strictly comply with the above pastoral measures.
 
Given at St Ambrose  on 191h   March 2020
signed by Bishop Declan & Fr George Henwood (Chancellor of the Diocese)

AS you can see we have to adhere to strict regulations.