Covid-19 Guidance

 

 

COVID-19 GUIDANCE IN OUR PARISH CHURCH

 

This page is designed to capture in one place the guidance applicable in our parish for celebration of liturgies in our parish church. It will be kept updated and all are asked to familiarise themselves with this guidance and that of the public health authorities.

In light of the current pandemic, parishioners are encouraged to give due thought as to whether it is advisable for them to come to Mass and other celebrations at this time.  Given that the Sunday obligation remains suspended, you may wish to consider attending weekday Mass in place of Sunday.

Those most at risk should not present at the church.

Anyone showing any of symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a fever/ high temperature, or a loss, or change in, their normal sense of taste and smell) must not attend their place of worship under any circumstances due to the risk that they pose to others. They must self-isolate at home immediately with other members of their household and get tested.

The link to our live broadcast page is here: Live Broadcast


Social Distancing

In order to ensure appropriate social distancing, we will continue to observe the 2-metre rule. As such, the number of persons admitted to the church and the number of persons able to sit in any seat, has to be limited. Only people who live under the same roof (or are in permitted bubbles) may sit together.

Please observe the social distancing markers on the seats and on the floor.

 

 


Face Coverings

UPDATE REGARDING WEARING OF FACE MASKS AT MASS & LITURGIES IN OUR CHURCH
July 31st 2021
 
Our concerted effort to keep each other safe since the pandemic started has been outstanding and has helped enable the parish team to continue to serve both the parish and Daisy Hill Hospital, without interruption.
 
On Monday past, the Northern Ireland Executive announced that while the use of face-coverings/masks would remain mandatory while entering/exiting places of worship, they would now be optional while inside, except while moving around.
 
However, the Irish Bishops have advised that, for the safety of all, use of face-coverings remains strongly recommended.
 
Given this advice and concerns over the safe storage of masks when not in use, the parish asks that parishioners continue to wear their masks/coverings throughout our Masses/liturgies.

 

(Used with permission of the Southern Trust)


One Way System

Admission to the church will be via the front door only and exit via the side-porch only. Parishioners are asked to use the sanitizer provided at the entrance & exit of the church.


Receiving Holy Communion

Admission to Holy Communion will be on row-by-row basis

Please remember to keep your face covering on as you approach for Holy Communion, receive the Host, on your hand, step to the marked areas to the side, remove your covering with one hand via the ear loop, consume the Host, then reattach your face covering. Please use the hand sanitizer as you return to your seat and observe appropriate social distancing at all times.


SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR SOME CELEBRATIONS

For the latest guidance on Baptisms, please go to: Baptism

For the latest guidance on Funerals, please go to: Funerals