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A determination was issued by the Schools Adjudicator on 11/11/2020 which approved the variation to our policy detailed below:
On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark the governing body of St Anselm’s school has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted whilst churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to COVID 19. This statement has been shared widely with parishes in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.
‘The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. If a parent/carer attended Mass at a particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) regularly since that time. This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.’
Mass obligation was reinstated on 5th June 2022
Determination Document issued by the Schools Adjudicator 11/11/2020 with regards to Mass obligation during COVID