Information current as at 25 July 2020
Mass attendance is restricted to 100 people
Registration to attend is essential
We are proudly COVID safe
Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended
Given the recent rise in outbreaks, the NSW Government has now restricted Mass attendance to 100 people, plus the priest and ministers.
Church doors will be locked once the maximum attendance is reached.
When you come to Mass, there will now be separate tables for checking in, manual registration for Masses, and hand sanitising. This will hopefully reduce entry delays.
You must register in advance to attend Mass. You can register here on our website, by phone, or if necessary, in person at the parish office.
Online registrations for Sunday Masses must be completed by midday on Friday.
Please do not come to the Church without registering, hoping there will be places available.
In accordance with government requirements, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish is a COVID Safe Business, and has a COVID-19 Safety Plan. So that we can adhere to this plan, your cooperation with our directions when attending Mass is essential. Police and NSW Health officers are randomly visiting churches to ensure that people are complying with requirements.
While restrictions remain in place, the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta. Similarly, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August) will not be a day of obligation.
Information current as at 31 May 2020
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
Our parish Liturgy Committee is providing a Sunday Celebration of the Word of God for use at home while Masses cannot be celebrated. These celebrations now also include a video recorded homily from one of our priests.
You can also find on its resource page other resources, including links to other prayer materials and live streamed celebrations.
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
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.
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.
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
All Lent and Easter celebrations are cancelled due to the government COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information, read our current COVID-19 Update.
This Wednesday, 26 February, is Ash Wednesday.
Masses will be celebrated at 9:00 am, 10:15 am (school Mass) and 7:30 pm.
After 18 years, the relics of St are returning to Wentworthville on Wednesday 4 March, as part of a national pilgrimage. The relics will be accompanied for the first time in Australia with the relics of her parents, Sts Louis and Zelie Martin.
Find out more
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is now running a completely new website. We hope that it will provide our many visitors with the information and resources that they’re looking for, on a site that will be much more mobile and tablet-friendly.
If you have a suggestion for what could make our site even better, contact us.