The Covid19 pandemic has limited the number of priests available to anoint the sick and dying across the diocese.
As with the first wave of the pandemic, many priests are included in a vulnerable category due to age and particular health issues. With restrictions in place on visits to homes and hospitals special arrangements are in place for anointings.
All hospital chaplains have been specially trained in the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and a volunteer group of priests across the diocese has also received this training.
This means that no one will be left without access to a priest and the Sacrament of the Sick.
However, it does mean that the priest who calls to a house may not be the local priest but one of the priests who has been trained for this special ministry.
People in parishes who require the ministry of a priest are asked to contact their own local priest as normal. If he is not available for this ministry, he will contact one of the priests who has volunteered for this training.