Maree Wilson – St John The Baptist Parish Ferntree Gully
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Latest Covid-19 Update – Mass resumes tomorrow

Dear Parishioners,
Great News! With the easing of the snap lockdown, we will be able to offer Mass tomorrow, 18th February, 2021 at 9.15am. Ashes will be distributed at this Mass. There is no need to book to attend, but Face Masks will be compulsory. There is a change to how Ashes are distributed in Pandemic situations as follows:

DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES in time of Pandemic: The Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything. Then he addresses all those present and only once says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. The Priest then cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask and distributes the ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places. The Priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything. – From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 12th January 2021. Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect

✠ Arthur Roche Archbishop Secretary

If you are unable to attend the Mass, and would like some Ashes, please bring a container to the Parish Office after 11am and you may collect some.
We are so thankful to be able to once again gather in the church.
Guideline summary:
Religious gatherings can be held indoors or outdoors. Venues must apply the 1 person per two square metre rule to ensure people have enough room to maintain 1.5 metres distance between them. There are no group limits other than the density quotients;  The two square metre rule can be used only if electronic record keeping is used, otherwise, the four square metre rule must apply. The square metre rule doesn’t include babies under 12 months of age;  Record Keeping is required for all attendees beyond a 15- minute visit and must include: First Name + Contact Number + date and time at which the person attended the place of worship. Records must be kept for 28 days;  People must carry a fitted face covering at all times. Fitted face coverings must be worn indoors by all participants unless they have a lawful exemption or are children under 12 years of age. It is advised that fitted face coverings be worn outdoors if a distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained. Those with a lawful exemption for not wearing a face covering (over 12 years of age) must maintain the 1.5m distancing at all times and should be recorded as being exempt and attending without a face covering;  Hygiene precautions must continue to be maintained throughout;

Finally, I have been advised that the Ash Wednesday Prayer Liturgy was difficult to open. Please find a PDF attachment, which I hope will work for you all.