Kolkata: Covid rules for ‘Year of the Family’, Easter celebrations | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The archdiocese of Kolkata started celebrating the Year of the Family from Friday, which will continue for more than a year. This was in keeping with the announcement made by Pope Francis in Rome where Amoris Laetitia will be celebrated up to June 26, 2022.
According to a communique from Archbishop Thomas D Souza to all Catholic churches under the archdiocese, the formal inauguration of the year of the family was carried out at St Joseph’s Chapel, Market Street, on Friday.
The day is also observed as the Solemnity of St Joseph.
On Maundy Thursday, April 1, according to Archbishop D Souza’s instructions, there will be no traditional “washing of feet” in the churches for fear of infection. Unlike last year, permission has been given even for the midnight rituals at churches.
The mass will be organized as usual, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed till midnight and groups will be assigned for the adoration of the Lord. However, the communique stressed on caution.
On Good Friday, the Way of the Cross has been allowed to be held in public. Churchgoers will be allowed to pray at all the 14 stations that depict the events from Pilate’s ordering the crucifixion to the final laying of Jesus in the tomb. But priests have been asked to ensure there is no crowding.
During the veneration of the Cross, kissing or touching of the cross will not be allowed and all churchgoers have been asked to join hands in veneration only.
The archbishop has also allowed the Easter Vigil this time, followed by the midnight mass on April 3, but churches could choose to organize it earlier than midnight.
“We must be careful to plug gaps. The family is the domestic church where we pray, eat, share joys and sorrows. In the pandemic, we have experienced that even more closely, hence the year of the family,” said Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the archdiocese.

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