The situation in Victoria and the recent closure of St Agatha’s Catholic Church at Pennant Hills as a precautionary measure due to a member of the parish testing positive for COVID-19 are timely reminders of our need to remain vigilant and to keep lines of communication open. Please note again the following:
- ·COVID-19 Safety Plan – The Catholic Community of North Harbour has developed a Safety Plan to ensure a safe environment for all parishioners and staff. Details are in the foyer of the Parish Centre and in both churches;
- ·Sign-in – All persons visiting the church, attending Mass, Baptism or Funeral must sign in as is our current practice – name and phone or email contact;
- ·Hygiene– Please use hand sanitiser available at both churches on arrival and departure;
- ·Seating and Social Distancing – Please observe the marked seating (tick) and ensure correct spacing when attending Mass. Please note that families can sit together;
- ·Facemasks – The Diocese is strongly recommending the wearing of facemasks during attendance at places of worship. This is not mandatory but will assist in keeping our communities safe during the pandemic;
- ·If you feel unwell, please stay at home - If you are unwell with flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you must get tested immediately and isolate. Other household members should exercise discretion re attending Mass;
- ·Coughing or Sneezing – Health authorities recommend that you cough or sneeze into your arm, use a tissue and wash your hands. If coughing is prolonged during Mass, please step outside until you are well enough to return;
- ·Liturgical Ministers – Ministers are expected to observe safe practices and, where necessary to wipe microphones after use. Priests follow designated protocols when touching hosts and, along with Communion ministers, use hand sanitiser before and after distributing Communion;
- ·Holy Communion - When coming to Communion, please approach in a single line and maintain 1.5 metre spacing from those in front of you.
Let us be sure to look after one another with great care during these challenging times.