Masses at St. Joseph’s Malvern for the Easter Ceremonies and Weekend Masses for the following Sundays
After consulting with the Parish Pastoral Council, I wish to inform you that I have decided to increase the numbers permitted to attend Mass at St Joseph’s Malvern for the Easter Ceremonies and the Sunday Masses after that to 150. As the 1.5metres social distancing cannot be maintained all attending will be required to wear masks unless under the age of 12 or have an exemption. Anyone claiming exemption will be asked to provide documentary evidence. Bookings closed last Thursday, 25th March. Those who have already pre-booked for the Easter Ceremonies will be assured of their place.
This decision will continually be reassessed on feedback received to ensure that everyone feels safe. Changes in regulations will also continue to be monitored for any changes. I have received confirmation from the Archdiocese that there are no changes at this stage to the last guidelines received on 26th February 2021. Masks will be available for the volunteers to give to anyone who needs them upon arrival. All attending will be asked to register with the QR Code. Volunteers will be on hand to assist anyone who needs it. To assist the registration process all those attending are asked to be there 30 minutes prior to each ceremony.
Due to the increased numbers the distribution of Communion and leaving the Church after Mass will need to be regulated. Please follow the directions of the volunteers regarding this. The number of people permitted to attend Masses at Cabrini Chapel is still limited to 75. Thank you for your understanding and your support.
Please bring your Project Compassion Boxes and Envelopes to any of our Easter Ceremonies and place them in the basket provided.
Changes to Liturgy for the Easter Ceremonies
There will be some changes to our Easter Ceremonies this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. There are several things we will not be able to do but the good news is we can gather.
Holy Thursday 1st April 2021
There will be no washing of the feet. There will be no procession at the end of Mass. The consecrated hosts will remain in the Tabernacle. Because volunteers are required to clean the Church at the end of Mass there will be no private prayers in church until 11pm. Everyone is kindly asked to do private prayers at home.
Good Friday 2nd April 2021
There will be no cross over the heads of people. There will be no adoration of the cross by kissing it. Time will be allocated in the ceremony for some quiet reflection.
Easter Vigil, Saturday 3rd April 2021
The Ceremony will commence at the back of the Church. There will be no fire outside. No tapers will be used this year.