2020-07-14 教區防疫新牧民措施 New Diocesan Pastoral Measures for Combating COVID-19 Transmission

[The English version follows the Chinese one.]

香港教區主教公署
秘書長辦公處通告
教區防疫新牧民措施[ PDF版本 ]


由於「新冠狀病毒肺炎」疫情在香港進入「第三波」,確診個案再度持續激增,政府將於未來兩週(七月十五日至七月二十八日)恢復實施嚴格的防疫措施,以盡量減低社區傳播的風險。


為配合政府的緊急措施,湯漢樞機公佈未來兩週的牧民新措施如下:


(一)所有堂區聖堂及轄下小堂,以及其他慣常舉行主日或平日「公開」彌撒的地點,必須暫停舉行任何「公開」彌撒,以及其他任何形式的團體宗教活動,婚禮(註一)及殯葬禮(註二)除外。


(二)堂區聖堂及轄下小堂繼續開放,供信友作私人祈禱或朝拜聖體。堂區聖堂亦可安排每日或在指定的日期舉行明供聖體,供個別信友參與。在聖堂或小堂個別地祈禱或朝拜聖體的信友,不視為群組聚集,故此在人數上沒有限制。


(三)聖堂及轄下小堂必須為入內祈禱、朝拜聖體,或參加婚禮或殯葬禮的信友或其他人士,採取以下防疫措施:
a.須一直佩戴口罩
b.量度體温
c.以消毒潔手液洗手
d.在場人士彼此保持最少1.5米的社交距離


(四)如堂區主任司鐸認為其聖堂或轄下小堂在開放給信友上有困難,應經教區秘書處徵詢主教公署,以酌情作出決定。


(五)信友可採用下列方式替代參與主日彌撒的本份──
a.觀看任何網上直播或重温的主日彌撒(如教區網站 catholic.org.hk 及公教報網站http://kkp.org.hk/node/21143)及神領聖體;或
b.反省主日彌撒經文、閱讀聖經或誦念玫瑰經。


(六)信友可善用網上服務,例如網上平日彌撒、信仰培育資訊及其他神業,如晨禱、玫瑰經、三鐘經等(參見以上網站)。


(七)各堂區如早前已安排在未來兩週內舉行成人入門聖事、嬰兒洗禮、以及成人及兒童領受堅振聖事,應視疫情的進一步發展,另訂日期舉行。


(八)在各教區部門及堂區維持必要的服務及運作的大前提下,主管或主任司鐸可准許員工在上班及下班的時間上作彈性安排。


堂區聖職人員、教區部門主管及信友務須嚴格執行和遵守以上特殊牧民措施。
教區將於7月28日前,公布跟進的牧民措施。


(註一)人數上限為二十人,且不得於婚禮中供應食物或飲品。
(註二)人數不設上限。


特此公告
秘書長
李亮 司鐸
二〇二〇年七月十四日

CHANCERY NOTICE

New Diocesan Pastoral Measures for Combating COVID-19 Transmission [ PDF Version ]


With the coming of the “third wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapid resurgence of confirmed inflections, the SAR Government has again taken drastic precautionary measures for the coming two weeks (July 15-28), so as to reduce the risk of community transmission as far as possible.
To cope with these measures of the Government, Cardinal John TONG has announced the following new pastoral measures for the coming two weeks:


1.Parish churches and affiliated chapels, as well as all other places (centres, etc.) where regular Sunday and weekday “public” Masses are celebrated, are to suspend all “public” Masses. Other communal religious activities, with the exception of weddings (Note 1) and funerals (Note 2), are to be suspended as well.


2.Parish churches and affiliated chapels are to remain open to the faithful for personal prayers and visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Parish churches may also arrange for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament daily or on specific days. The faithful who individually come to a church or a chapel to pray or visit the Blessed Sacrament are not considered as a group gathering, and so there is no restriction on their number.


3.Parish churches and affiliated chapels should take the following precautionary measures for the faithful or other people who come to pray, to visit the Blessed Sacrament or to attend weddings or funerals:
a.a mask must be worn during the stay;
b.body temperature must be screened;
c.hands must be cleansed with sanitizer;
d.at least 1.5m social-distancing must be kept between individuals.


4.Parish Priests who have difficulties in making their churches and affiliated chapels available to the faithful, should consult the Diocesan Curia through the Chancery Office, so that a prudent decision may be made.


5.The faithful may choose one of the following alternatives to attending Sunday Mass:
a.Taking part in a Sunday Mass online (e.g., through the diocesan website catholic.org.hk ) and receive Holy Communion spiritually; OR
b.Reflecting on the Sunday Liturgical text, reading the Bible or saying the Rosary, etc.


6.The faithful can avail themselves of various online services, such as daily Masses, formation programmes and other spiritual exercises, such as daily morning prayer, Rosary and Angelus, by visiting the above-mentioned websites.


7.Parishes which have the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Infant Baptisms or the Rite of Confirmation for adults or children scheduled for the coming two weeks should postpone these liturgies and, depending on the situation of the pandemic, fix other dates.


8.On condition that the more important administrative and pastoral services are provided and not interrupted, Office Heads and Parish Priests may allow for more flexibility in the working-hours of their staff.


Parish clergy, Office Heads and the faithful are to strictly comply with the above pastoral measures.
The Diocese will announce follow-up pastoral measures before 28th July.


Notes:

(1) No more than 20 persons may participate, and no food or drink may be served.
(2) There is no restriction on the number of participants.


Given at the Chancery Office,
14 July 2020.

Rev. Lawrence LEE
Chancellor

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