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Bishop welcomes resumption of small Masses

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Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ has confirmed that Masses of up to 10 people are now permitted in South Australian churches.

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“It is so refreshing for our faith and love of the Eucharist that we may once more participate in Mass,” said Bishop O’Kelly, who is also Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese.

“We have keenly felt the deprivation of the Eucharist.”

He said while weekday Masses would resume, because of the limit of 10 people Sunday Masses may be further delayed, according to the decision of the local parish.

“We are grateful for the patience and goodwill of the people and look forward to the blessings that will come upon us,” Bishop O’Kelly said.

Diocesan guidelines around the resumption of Mass with Holy Communion have been issued to clergy following approval from the Premier’s Department on Friday afternoon.

The guidelines are in line with national protocols released by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently:

Those parishioners who are at higher risk from COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home. Guidelines are also being developed for increased opportunities for Communion at home.

The maximum number allowed to attend Mass is expected to increase to 20 on June 5.

Guidelines Celebration Eucharist Distribution Holy Communion

UPDATED Bishops Conference Advice on COVID-19 20200515

 

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