Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Monthly church-going; the post Covid preference

Monday, December 6th, 2021
Monthly church-going

Church attendance has fallen by a third since before the pandemic. Many regular worshippers have been attending only monthly since in-person services resumed this summer, a new study suggests. For its report Changing Church, the Evangelical Alliance surveyed 552 church leaders and 1676 church members, over ten days in October. Congregation sizes varied from fewer Read more

Orange level could make organising funerals and weddings harder

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Funeral directors are concerned about the difficulties the new orange level pandemic restrictions will make for grieving families when they try to organise a ceremony for their loved ones. Although a more joyful occasion, people organising weddings will also face some difficult choices. In essence, under the new rules, families will have two choices. They Read more

Traffic lights are go for Sunday Mass

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Traffic Lights

Parish priests throughout New Zealand are working overtime in preparation to serve Sunday’s first congregations under the Government’s Traffic Light system. Those CathNews has spoken to in “Orange”, are looking forward to the extra level of safety and greater congregational capacities they can offer their vaccinated congregations. All, however, are treading a fine line establishing Read more

Covid experience, ‘traffic lights’ and liturgy

Monday, November 29th, 2021
Hope and expectation

Covid is bringing everything to the point of unstoppable change. The pandemic experience is reforming and reconfiguring our presumptions of contemporary life and liturgical practice and community. The constraints imposed through social lockdown have reframed our church life and will influence how we “do” church for years to come. For Catholics, the experience of Covid Read more

Why my church grew during the pandemic

Monday, November 29th, 2021

My church grew during the pandemic; we can’t find seats. The pews are full. This has been my family’s experience at St Rita Catholic Church most Sundays since the pandemic began. Some weeks, there’s barely enough standing room in the vestibule. When other churches were shutting their doors, ours remained open. Sure enough, the faithful Read more

Parishes to defy Government traffic light system

Monday, November 29th, 2021
Parishes to defy Government

As least two New Zealand Catholic parishes intend to defy the Government mandated traffic light system. Fr Jeremy Palman, the parish priest of Holy Family Parish, Te Atatu, Auckland, labels compliance as discriminatory saying he will not refuse anyone’s presence at any Mass on the basis of their vaccination status. Citing skin colour, race, ethnicity, Read more

Greeters not bouncers

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
greeters not bouncers

Church leaders are confused about how to implement the My Vaccine Pass – one sums it up saying “We are greeters – not bouncers”. From December 3, people wanting to attend church services, gatherings, hospitality events, gyms and those wanting to avail themselves of close contact businesses will need the My Vaccine Pass to prove Read more

Children disengaged from church during lockdowns

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

An international study of the effect of the pandemic on the faith of young people and families has found widespread disengagement and disconnection, and that many failed to return to church after lockdowns eased. The study, based on research carried out in the UK, United States, Brazil, and Canada in June, suggests that children felt Read more

Catholic bishops tolerate society’s Covid restrictions – for now

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

The New Zealand Catholic bishops are prepared to tolerate the State’s sweeping public health measures, however, they want the mandates and vaccine pass requirements to be continually reviewed. Their support of the government’s Covid measures is contingent on and only justified by, “the emergency situation as it exists at this point in time.” While all Read more

Church attendance aided by being digitally literate

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

People with different levels of digital literacy will not be excluded from getting their Covid vaccine pass, says Covid Minister, Chris Hipkins. He gave the assurance, Wednesday on NewstalkZB. Singling out the elderly, Hipkins acknowledged that not all people have the required digital skills necessary to get the vaccine pass. He said they will be Read more