Holy Trinity Parish

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Holy TRINITY PARISH

Online Mass

SATURDAYS at 6PM. The Link is http://holytrinityparish.org.au/livestreaming/

A Parish YouTube channel has been created where any videos will be uploaded. Follow the link to the Holy Trinity Parish Bentleigh East YouTube Channel.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES — COVID-19 IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE INFORMATION UPDATED:

The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the latest directives announced by Government as part of its
Roadmap for the reopening of the State of Victoria, the following will become operational from 11:59pm on 8 November, 2020 Statewide.

The restrictions in place are compulsory. The Chief Health Officer of Victoria has issued a lawful direction as part of the current State of Emergency.
Face coverings/masks must be worn indoors and outdoors for everyone Over 12 years of age, unless there is a medical exemption.
Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting a COVID-19 test verification, including Clergy (even without presenting symptoms) attend a church or parish setting until a diagnosis is confirmed. Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive.

VICTORIA
THIRD STEP as of 11.59pm Sunday 8 November 2020

Curfew No curfew in place.
Leave Home No restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance you can travel intrastate, but stay safe.
Places of Worship and Religious Gatherings All places of worship including churches, adoration chapels and other church buildings used for public prayer and religious services may open for permitted religious ceremonies.
Indoors: Allowed for up to a cap of 20 people plus one faith leader. Infants under12 months of age are not included in the cap. Physical arrangements should accommodate 2 groups of ten, with at least 5 metres between each group (consider 10 at front LHS and 10 at back RHS for example), subject to requirements including a COVIDSafe plan and the density quotient.
Indoor religious gatherings have a maximum service length of 90 minutes, with a recommendation for 30 minutes in between services to ensure that groups do not congregate in front of and around places of worship.
Outdoors: Allowed for up to 50 people, plus one faith leader. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap. Ceremonial participants are otherwise included in cap, held proximate to a place of worship.
Notes:
A venue can only have one religious gathering at a time, whether indoor or outdoor, and ceremonial participants other than faith leaders are included in the capacity limits.
Under current DHHS Guidelines, indoor congregational singing is not permitted, only cantor/choral or small group singing. Small choirs or singers should only perform in well ventilated indoor settings and must be limited to a maximum of 5 singers or wind instrument players. Performers must be 2 metres apart and 5 metres from the congregation or
celebrating Clergy. The DHHS have noted that singing
outdoors is strongly recommended. Private Worship Places of worship can open for private worship for a household and up to two other people, plus a faith leader.
Weddings A wedding indoors or outdoors at a place of worship can have the couple, celebrant and a photographer, then ten others (witnesses are
included in the 10 guests) – making a total of 14 people allowed. Infants under 12 months of age are not included in this cap. If a wedding is held at a private residence, private gathering restrictions apply.
CONTACT DETAILS are required for all attendees– and must include: First Name + Contact Number + date and time at which the person attended the place of worship;
Physical distancing and capacity limits must be maintained at
all times;
Hygiene precautions must be maintained throughout;
The couple getting married do not need to wear a face mask
during the process of getting married. Photos taken during the ceremony can be mask free. When taking photos, the couple and the photographer should stay 1.5m away from others.
Doors must remain closed to prevent public access;
No lingering outside the church following the wedding;
Following a wedding, the church must be cleaned in accordance with the guidance on routine environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community, available at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronaviruscovid-19-information-about-routine-environmental-cleaningand-disinfection-in-the-community Funerals Indoors: Permitted with up to 20 people. Infants under 12 months
of age and people required to conduct the funeral not included in the
cap.
Outdoors: Permitted with up to 50 people. Infants under 12 months of age and people required to conduct the funeral not included in the cap.
CONTACT DETAILS are required for all attendees– and must include: First Name + Contact Number + date and time at which the person attended the place of worship;
Physical distancing and building capacity limits must be maintained at all times;
Hygiene precautions must be maintained throughout;
Doors must remain closed to prevent public access;
No lingering outside the church following the funeral;
Following a funeral, the church must be cleaned in accordance with the guidance on routine environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community, available at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronaviruscovid-19-information-about-routine-environmental-cleaningand-disinfection-in-the-community
It is not possible to have any refreshments in the Parish hall or centre after the funeral is concluded.
Permission is granted to hold the funeral Liturgy in a funeral parlour, if the family so wish. Families may wish to arrange a larger Memorial Mass at a later date, and after the public emergency and relevant social restrictions have passed.
Baptisms May be celebrated under the latest outdoor and indoor religious
gathering limits, Note specific hygiene around use of oils and water. All hygiene and distancing precautions must be met, and the recording of names and contact details of all present must be maintained. It is advised that if families are taking photos or videos – they should be reminded before the celebration that distancing and the wearing of masks should be maintained.
In emergency situations priests and deacons must make themselves available for Baptism. In extreme circumstances any lay person can validly baptise using water and the Trinitarian formula. (Can 861 §2);
CONTACT DETAILS are required for all attendees– and must include: First Name + Contact Number + date and time at which the person attended the place of worship;
Baptism by immersion or baptisms using already blessed water are to be avoided. Fresh water is to be used in every individual instance of baptism, and immediately drained afterwards.
Social distancing of all attendees; all (excluding baby) wear
masks throughout.
Fresh water is blessed and used for each baptism.
The child to be baptised is held by the parents throughout.
The welcoming blessing of the child is done by the priest without physical contact with the child.
The two anointings are done using single-use cotton buds.
The water is poured by the priest above the head of the child.
The dressing of the child in a white garment is done by the parents.
The lighting of the candle is done by the person holding the candle.
Hygiene precautions must be maintained throughout;
 If celebrated indoors, doors must remain closed to prevent public access;
Following a Baptism indoors, the church must be cleaned in accordance with the guidance on routine environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community, available at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronaviruscovid-19-information-about-routine-environmental-cleaningand-disinfection-in-the-community
Penance Only the First Rite of Penance (individual confession and absolution) can be celebrated, because of the restrictions on numbers. All hygiene and distancing measures must be met. If there arises an urgent need to impart sacramental absolution to several people together out of grave necessity (eg. to a group of persons in a hospital setting who are dying from Coronavirus), then permission is to be sought from the Regional Vicar. The provisions of Can.961 and 962 are to be met and applied for validity.
Confirmations In accordance with the Archbishop’s Decree of 10 November 2020 granting the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to Parish Priests and Administrators of Parishes within the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of emergency, Confirmation
celebrations may now take place in accordance with that Decree and
the following guidelines for communal parish or school celebration of
the Sacrament. Delegation for the confirmation of single individuals is
still to be requested from the Office of the Vicar General. Livestreaming Follows the indoor limits of 20 people plus a faith leader.
Technicians must be included in the cap of 20. Public Gatherings in Public Spaces Permitted up to 10 people across multiple households, friends and/or family, outdoors. Infants under 12 months not included in the cap. A public place means an area that everyone can access, for example a local park or the beach.
Home Visits Each day, a household can receive up to two different adult visitors per day, either together or separately. Infants under 12 months are not included in this cap, and other dependents can also attend if they cannot be left unattended or cared for in another setting. The two people may be from different households.
* Religious gatherings and prayer groups held at a private residence are subject to the private gathering limit. This means the household itself plus up to two visitors and their dependents.
* Faith leaders may visit someone in their home on request to share spiritual ministry (or equivalent religious services) to provide care and support to a person. It is critical that measures like face coverings and physical distancing are observed.
Hospitals or Care Facilities Patients are allowed one household to visit a patient in hospital or a care facility once per day for 2-hours Faith leaders may visit someone in a hospital or care facility to share spiritual ministry (or equivalent religious services) to those who are at the end of their life, or if it would support a patient or resident with their emotional or mental wellbeing, in line with other visiting restrictions and if this support cannot be provided remotely. It is important to note that strict limits on visitors apply in these circumstances. It is critical measures like face coverings and physical distancing are observed and these visits are limited to what is reasonably and necessary (e.g. a visit has been requested by a patient).
Priests and Deacons visiting care facilities must comply with all hygiene precautions and the protocols of the relevant hospitals or aged-care facilities (washing hands, etc.) as appropriate.
As previously communicated, when Anointing the Sick, permission is given to lay on hands by holding them above, rather than upon the head, so as to avoid physical contact. The anointing is to be carried out by dipping a cotton wool ball, cotton bud into the bottle of Oil (do not use an Oil Stock).
 Protective gloves could also be used, which can be disposed of appropriately after a single use. Anointing the head would be sufficient.
If Holy Communion is given, follow the guidelines below: * Instructions from the health or care facility regarding sanitising and PPE; * Wash hands or use a hand sanitiser once you enter a home (if applicable) must be met; avoid any physical contact with the person or family during the visit; * Use a hand sanitiser again before distributing Communion; If the communicant usually receives Communion on the tongue, strongly encourage him or her, for your safety as well as his / hers, to receive Communion in the hand; * Wash or sanitise your hands after the visit; Maintain optimum physical distance with everyone in the room, except the patient; * Do not offer comfort through any physical contact.
It is encouraged that those Clergy who are in a vulnerable age category or with health concerns contact a neighbouring Priest, or their Regional Vicar to discuss who might be available to support them.
Physical distancing to the extent possible, disinfecting hands before and after pastoral encounters, and other current measures must be applied at all times.
Ministering to COVID-19 Patients Health officials will be able to guide what is possible and permissible.




We support the endeavors of the Royal Commission to bring healing to victims of abuse.
Church’s website: www.facingthetruth.org.au

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