CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC – A DEVELOPING SITUATION
The Conference of Bishops (CBCEW) has prepared comprehensive advice about precautions and procedures in this ever-changing situation. We are following the directives of CBCEW, which follows on the advice from Her Majesty’s Government. This advice is subject to constant revision, relying on a national strategy.
CORONAVIRUS – WHAT ARE WE DOING AT HOLY CROSS?
The main thing to note is that we are following the up-to-date statutory advice, and not acting on privately held opinions, professional or otherwise. To that end, the principal restrictive measures we have in place are as follows:
- Communion is distributed under one kind only and on the palm of the hand; communicants who are uncomfortable with this are asked to make a spiritual communion, formulae for which are provided;
- The Sign of Peace at Mass is suspended indefinitely;
- All “extra-curricular” pastoral gatherings are suspended indefinitely – so this means no social time after Mass and all other such events.
In the meantime, the following things will remain in place:
- The regular schedule of Mass and Confession continues for now;
- Pastoral visiting of the sick who are not self-isolating or suffering from contagious disease;
- Pastoral care of the dying under any circumstance.
- Provision for other ordinary sacramental support that falls within the guidelines, such as baptisms, marriages, funerals etc.
Please note that we are continuing to receive updates as the circumstances change, and we will do whatever we can to keep you informed of developments.
CORONAVIRUS – KEEPING IN TOUCH – USE FACEBOOK PLEASE!!
It may well be the case in the coming weeks that we are asked to suspend our Masses and services entirely. In this scenario, we would hope to broadcast Masses and our community prayer via our Facebook page. We would encourage everyone to sign up to Facebook (even if you don’t usually approve!) and to “like” our page, Holy Cross Priory Leicester (Dominicans). Please ask us if you need assistance with this! But this is how we will keep in touch should we arrive at a ‘lockdown’ scenario.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER
As cases increase and anxiety rises, it is more likely that the more vulnerable members of our faith community may experience symptoms and have to self-isolate. This is especially the case for the elderly and for students, and also for those who might be outside this category, but living alone for whatever reason. Please let us know at the Priory if it becomes necessary for you to self-isolate, so that we can keep in touch and provide assistance as and when appropriate and necessary. Please also be ready if possible to offer assistance, in a safe and appropriate way, to anyone who might require our assistance. Keep an eye on our facebook presence and also communicate with us as necessary.