Latest Diocesan Guidelines re Covid-19

The text below is an extract from the latest communication from our diocese. Please read and keep in mind:

With regards Life Cycle Ceremonies, from 28th September the numbers that are allowed to attend are as follows: 

·         funerals remain at 30 

·         weddings are reduced to 15. ‘Venue workers’ e.g. the presiding minister, are not included in this number.

·         For all other Life Cycle Ceremonies (Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion) the Rule of Six applies. 

Only six people, including the infant at a baptism, may attend. 

What is not clear from the guidance is if this includes the presiding minister. I would suggest that until specifically told otherwise, it does not include the minster. 

This number may only be exceeded if the Life Cycle Ceremony takes place within communal worship i.e. a weekday or Sunday Mass when the limit of the venue applies. 

However, groups of six attending should not mingle. 

CHURCH RE-OPENING – Following a review of our counter measures against the Covid19 Pandemic, and of the availability of stewards,  we are pleased to report that commencing with the 10am Mass on Saturday 09 Jan 2021, St Joseph’s New Malden will re-open to the public for Holy Mass for all weekend Masses and all 10am weekday Masses. All 10am Masses and the 11.30 Sunday Mass are also live-streamed for those who may not be able to attend physically.