WelCom September 2020
The Ministry of Social Development advises there is a fund available to community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from Covid-19. The $36 million fund is available from 1 August 2020 to support communities over the next two years.
To point groups and organisations in your networks to this possibility of funding support, details are at: msd.govt.nz/what-we-can-do/community/community-capability-and-resilience-fund/index.html
Lockdown is leaving many people vulnerable. You can support organisations like local food banks, St Vincent de Paul at svdp.org.nz and Catholic Social Services at wn-catholicsocialservices.org.nz in their ongoing work to reach out and support vulnerable individuals, families and migrants.
Alert Level 2 restrictions
Cardinal John Dew and Monsignor Brian Walsh have been advising parishes about Covid-19 Alert Level 2 procedures as outlined by the New Zealand Bishops.
Under Alert Level 2 weekday Masses are permitted as long as there is social distancing, sanitising, tracking and tracing facilities. Communion may be received on the hand only and there is no distribution of the precious Blood. Requiem Masses may be celebrated, but with a limit of 100 people in attendance.
In the Archdiocese until Sunday 6 September and depending on alert levels applied after that, there is no celebration of Sunday Masses.
Televised Masses are on Shine Television, Freeview Channel 25 and Sky Channel 201, Sundays at 2pm.