Protocols for attending Mass in St Alipius Parish during COVID-19

As we start to come together to celebrate Mass from October 31 it is important that we stay vigilant regarding COVID-19; remembering that most of our congregation are in the high-risk category. So the Liturgy Team have identified a number of protocols we all need to observe at Mass.

Where should I sit?
Ss Peter & Paul church.

All those attending Mass MUST sit in a seat designated as being ‘reserved’ for use.  Please DO NOT move these ‘reserved’ labels.

St Alipius church.
In St Alipius, we use every other pew, as signed.  People are asked to sit at the end of each pew, unless you’re in a family group – but only use a single pew and don’t flow into the pew in front or behind.  There MUST ALWAYS be a spare pew between.

Your belongings
Please keep all your belongings where you sit. DO NOT place them on a seat beside, in front or behind you; unless you intend to clean that space after Mass as well.

If YOU or ANY member of your FAMILY / HOUSE GROUP feels:
– raised temperature
– runny nose
– sore throat
– persistent cough
Details for unregistering are at the end of this page.

Managing young children at Mass
It is important that all children be supervised closely by their parents and guardians. They MUST remain in the pew or seat allocated during Mass.  Children are not to share items with any other child in the congregation, nor crawl or climb into the empty pews or seats around them. Once a young child begins to display any of these behaviours, parents/guardians must remove them from the church.

Clean your seat after Mass
As you enter the church, there are guidelines on how to disinfect your seat at the end of Mass with the cleaning equipment provided.  Please follow these directions carefully as all our health depends on us being particular with our cleaning. At the conclusion of Mass, please obtain a wipe or spray and a clean cloth/paper towel, as provided. You need to thoroughly disinfect your seat, its back and the backrest of the seat in front of where you sat (and at St Alipius, the pew end).

Receiving Communion.
You may remove your mask as you leave your seat for communion, but remain at least 1.5m away from the person in front of you as you make your way to the altar. Please re-apply you mask on return to your seat.

Congregating outside the church
We ask that those attending Mass move home immediately on the conclusion of Mass and do not congregate to chat.  Please exchange contact details and continue your socializing on the phone, online or at a café which is set up to cater for socializing.

Children are not to run around and ‘play’ in the church grounds. We ask that Mass attendees maintain parental responsibility and guide them into the relevant vehicles for their homeward journey.

Maintaining hygienic standards
We aim to have a Welcomer at each Mass.  This person will greet you as you enter the church and provide you with information regarding our celebration of Mass.  The Welcomer’s role will also include ensuring these arrangements are followed by all attendees.  We ask that all those attending Mass respect the person whose responsibility it is to ensure we keep our community Covid-19 free.

Face coverings
From Nov 23, Face coverings are still mandatory inside buildings. So have your mask with you when you leave home and put it on before you enter the church.

Masks may be removed for Communion only or when assigned as the Reader.

Joining in with music

Music is important to help us in our prayer and celebration of Mass. Many Mass celebrations will have live music or recorded music playing at times during the celebration  However, we ask that you do not sing along but enjoy the music prayerfully.  Consider the following:

Someone vocalising an ‘aah’ sound followed by 10 seconds of normal breathing emits around 60 per cent more aerosols than 30 seconds of repeated coughing. When you sing vowels the mouth is wide open so aerosols are completely unobstructed. When you sing plosive consonants like ‘p’ and ‘b’, a large puff of air is produced so large droplets are expelled.  Amateurs sing louder than they speak so that increased energy means we are just going to spit further.  While any large droplets you project while singing will fall quickly to the ground, the tiny aerosols can remain suspended in the air and then inhaled (a bit like cigarette smoke).

How to Unregister to attend Mass.
– Navigate to the Home page
– Select the Mass for which you registered
– Click ‘Already Registered’
– Type in the email you used when you registered
– an email will be sent to you with a link to unregister
– follow the steps in the email.

Thankyou for ensuring that we all stay safe and well during this pandemic time.