Alert Level 2 and parishes

Published on 12th May, 2020

From the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand

The government’s move to a Alert Level 2 with some restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 May allows many of our parish activities to resume, including churches opening for private prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

But because of the gathering restriction of 10 people, the bishops have reluctantly agreed that public Masses will not commence again during this stage of Level 2 and we are not advocating Eucharistic Adoration at this time.

We have joined with the Anglican Church today in asking the Government to look again with urgency at the restrictive numbers permitted for religious gatherings.

Like yourselves, we too are disappointed that we are not yet allowed to assemble in our churches in groups larger than 10 people.

Letter to parishioners

Media release

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