COVID-19 Update

Information current as at 31 May 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you for your patience during the enforced closure of our parish church along with all other churches around Australia.

Permission has now been given for Mass to be celebrated in the church. From 1 June, the maximum number of participants is 50. This includes children, but does not include celebrant and ministers.

We plan to re-commence all Masses beginning with the 6:00 pm Mass on Saturday 6 June.

As a new initiative, we plan to open the church for private prayer from Tuesday to Friday mornings from early to 12 noon, commencing Tuesday 9 June.

If you would like to attend Mass or visit the Church for private prayer, please follow this procedure:

We can only re-open the church if we comply with the following Government protocols:

  • You will need to book a day and time for attending Mass. You can book with the parish office preferably by completing this form, by telephone, or if not, in person. We need to have your contact details for two reasons: We need to let you know if you were successful in obtaining a place. Secondly, if someone does attend who proves to be infected with Covid-19 then health authorities will need to contact all those who were in attendance that day. ONCE THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PEOPLE ARRIVE, THE DOORS WILL BE CLOSED. TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT YOUR REGISTRATION BEING CONFIRMED WITH YOU BY THE PARISH OFFICE
  • You need to maintain social distancing in the church. The exception is for families and household groups
  • You may only seat in the spaces provided
  • Hand sanitiser will be available and must be used
  • Communion strictly only on the hand
  • No Holy Water in the church, but Holy Water will be available for you to take home.

In addition, there are some extra aspects to take note of. We are now required to clean the church at least once a day, which will be an extra expense for the parish so please continue to support us financially.

Please do not attend if you are sick.

Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended for the time being.

Over time, there will likely be further changes to restrictions. We will endeavor to keep you informed with further developments.

Denis Andrew OCarm
Parish Priest