Dear Parish Communities,

I am grateful to those on the Liturgy Council who have worked hard to prepare the many documents we have needed to assist in managing the many liturgical challenges that COVID has presented over the last years and months. Their work has been invaluable in advising the Bishop’s Office and assisting those in ministry in parishes. How could we have managed without them. They have prepared a document now to assist in what we are now facing as our new normal. I now withdraw the last instruction from the Vicar General and the restrictions contained therein.

The attached document is a guide to help us return to some sense of normal and our pre COVID liturgical life. It means you can restore the use of the Chalice for those who wish to receive under that species, and holy water in the water fonts at doors. Many have missed both, amongst other elements of our worship and prayer. I would suggest in following these guidelines, that you step mindful that many in your communities are still nervous of COVID including priests and other liturgical ministers. Choice is key. Whilst these are our new ‘norms,’ work within your communities to ensure the ‘comfort’ of all.

Yours in Christ,

GREGORY BARKER, DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR, DIOCESE OF MAITLAND – NEWCASTLE

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