As congregations return to places of worship, the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Committee of the Archdiocese has released ‘Guidelines for the Restoration of Masses in the Archdiocese’. These are intended to mitigate the risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is an increased risk of infection as restrictions are lifted, especially when we assemble in groups, so it behoves us all to act judiciously, both individually and collectively,” it stated.
The following are some recommendations contained in the Guidelines. The full document can be viewed at https://catholictt.org/hse/
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
To be read before distribution of Holy Communion
– Communicants are now invited to receive Holy Communion
– Please wait patiently as a member of the Hospitality Team directs you from your pew to the Minister
– Just before you join the line, lower your mask away from your nose and mouth THEN sanitise your hands. You are welcome to use your own alcohol-based sanitiser or the one provided.
– Do not touch your face or mask again until after receiving Holy Communion
– When lining up, keep six feet behind the person ahead of you
– When standing opposite the Minister, maintain a six-foot distance when responding ‛Amen’ to the invocation
– To receive Holy Communion, extend your arms forward fully, with the elbows straight, left hand in the right hand with the palm flat
– Allow the Minister space enough to extend his/her arm toward you such that you are standing two arm’s lengths apart
– Receive Holy Communion in your palm then place it in your mouth
– You may now adjust your mask, to cover your nose and mouth, as you return to your seat along the designated aisle.
This information is available at https://catholictt.org/sign-up-for-mass/