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This guidance for funerals is laid down by Public Health England and the Catholic Bishop’s Conference. The prime objective of the guidance is to keep everyone safe.

Please follow this guidance, for your safety and that of others, if a funeral is to be held at Holy Family.

How many people can attend the church?

The restrictions on numbers for funerals have been removed, however the names and contact details of all mourners are required for NHS Track & Trace (these will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed).
These details can be supplied in advance of the funeral, as it is inappropriate and intrusive to collect them on the day, and possibly delay entry into church, but we are legally required to collect them. Please co-operate with us on this matter.

How will mourners know where to sit?

Family groups can sit together but we request that some social distancing is maintained for all attending services, to restrict mixing.

Can mourners be involved in the service?

Unfortunately, the rules currently are that only the priest is allowed on the sanctuary and only the priest is allowed to face the congregation to speak or read. This means that mourners are not able to partake in readings, bidding prayers or eulogy. The possibility is that mourners can agree readings, written prayers or eulogy with the priest who will read them on their behalf.

Do we need to wear face coverings?

Face coverings are mandatory ( as of 10th December 2021), for the protection of all present. If the service includes a Requiem Mass with Holy Communion, instructions will be given about where and how to receive communion safely. Please follow these instructions. 

Can we have service booklets?

If service booklets are provided, they must not be handed out to people as they come in, but must be distributed in a safe, no-touch manner onto the seats where the mourners will sit. These must be taken home from the church as you leave. Anything left behind will be destroyed.

Can we sit, kneel and genuflect as usual?

Yes, you can.

Will there be a collection?

No but there will be an opportunity for the collection of donations to the parish in the porch on entrance and exit.