Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
I am delighted to advise that Masses in the church will be resuming from this weekend. It is fitting that on Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost – the birthday of the Church. It is also the first day of the new Cathedral Parish, comprising the former parishes of St Francis of Assisi Parish and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral parish.
While we are free to gather, we are still constrained by the Ministry of Health requirements for gathering during a pandemic at Alert Level 2. This means that only 100 parishioners may attend any individual Mass, social distancing of one metre between bubbles is required, and those present must be registered to enable contact tracing.
To register for a particular Mass, please click on the link provided here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/CatholicDioceseOfChristchurch/SundayMassRegistration
You will also find the link on the the parish Facebook page, or on the Cathedral App. The registration process will require you to choose a church (be sure to choose Pro-Cathedral – St Mary’s), the Mass time you are registering for, and the names of each person for whom you are registering. When we reach the limit for a particular Mass, you will be directed to choose another Mass time. Please ask for confirmation of your booking and print out your ‘confirmation’ so we can more easily sign you in on arrival.
I encourage those with internet access to check up on family and friends who do not. Please assist them to register for the Mass they want to attend, and help them print out their confirmation. If you have a problem registering for the Mass please call Clare Bell on 021 213 5620 or the parish office weekdays 9am to 12:30pm (379 1068) or leave a message or text for Colleen Carr (027 381 2089).
If you have registered for a particular Mass but are unable to print off your confirmation, don’t worry. We will manually check you off when you arrive. Note that you will not be allowed to enter the church for your Mass until the previous congregation has vacated the building through separate doors, and the pews and door handles have been wiped down.
If possible please refrain from using the toilets during your visit.Interim Mass times:
Saturday Vigil – 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm
Sunday morning – 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am
Sunday afternoon – 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
Monday (Public holiday) No Mass
Tuesday to Friday 7.30am, 9.15am, 12.05pm (preceded by Confessions 11.30am)
Saturday 9.15am followed by Confessions
Please note – we do not require online registrations for weekday Masses. However if over 100 people turn up for a weekday Mass, then those in excess of 100 will be turned away.
For hygiene and swiftness of entry please bring your own pen to sign in for these weekday Masses.
If you are anxious about gathering in larger numbers at this time, or are of advanced years, be peaceful about not coming to Mass if that is your decision.
If you are unwell, please do not come to Mass.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues through this period.
The online diocesan Mass (Sunday and weekdays) will continue during this Alert Level 2 period.
The situation our world finds itself in is new to all of us. So I am not expecting that everything will go perfectly smoothly this weekend! Of course there will be hiccups. In light of what we learn this weekend, we will adjust our processes for the next Sunday.
Please bring sensitivity and good humour as you return to Mass. Together we will do our best to joyfully celebrate the establishment of our new parish, and the return to in-person celebration of holy Mass.May God bless us on this remarkable journey that is our earthly lives.
Father Simon Eccleton
Administrator of the New Cathedral Parish