COVID-19 Update

Information current as at 24 March 2020

All Catholics in the Diocese of Parramatta are dispensed of their Sunday obligation

All Masses are cancelled until further notice

The church is closed until further notice

Parish meetings are cancelled until further notice

We are providing online resources to support people to observe and celebrate Sunday at home

More information

Sunday Obligation

Bishop Vincent Long has decreed, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law (no. 1248.2) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 2181), that all Catholics in the Diocese of Parramatta are dispensed of their Sunday obligation from 20 March 2020 until further notice.

Liturgical celebrations

Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister, Hon Scott Morrison MP on Sunday 22 March, all places of worship must close from midday on Monday 23 March. As such all public Masses (both indoor and outdoor) and other liturgical celebrations must now cease until further notice.

Funerals and weddings are the only exceptions, which may only be celebrated at this time under strict restrictions. Affected people should contact the parish office to discuss their situation.

These measures are to being made to protect the health and life of the whole community, and are not taken lightly. We thank you for your patience and cooperation with these measures. Let us all remain faithful and constant in prayer for the world at this troubling time.

Further resources

Celebrations of the Word of God for Home Use during COVID-19 from our Parish Liturgy Committee

Diocese of Parramatta: COVID-19 Update page

Resources from the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste

Access the readings for Mass at home through the Universalis website

Watch daily Mass online, provided by CathNews

Code of Canon Law, Canons 1244-1253

Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Third Commandment