COVID-19 Update (17 October 2021)

As the 80% vaccination rate in New South Wales has been reached earlier than anticipated, the next easing of COVID restrictions will take effect from tomorrow, Monday 18 October.

Masses at Our Lady of Mount Carmel will resume from the 6:00 pm Mass on Saturday 23 October.

As places of worship need to comply with government regulations, anyone coming to Mass will need to abide by the following:

  • Attendance will be capped at 1 person per 4 square metres
  • Service NSW Check In will be required, but vaccination status will not be checked
  • The assembly cannot sing, but a choir is allowed
  • Masks must be worn, and COVID Safe practices (such as physical distancing) will continue
  • The sign of peace can be made by way of a bow of the head
  • Doors and windows should be open to maximise ventilation

Restrictions will ease further on 1 December, allowing increased capacity and singing.

We look forward to seeing parishioners back at Mass when they are ready to return.

COVID-19 Update (1 October 2021)

Recently the NSW Government announced its “roadmap” for the easing of restrictions. These are expected to begin during the course of this month, once 70% of people in NSW aged 16 and over have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Further easing of restrictions will take place when the double-dose vaccination rate reaches 80%, and again at 90%.

At the 80% rate, Masses can resume for all who wish to attend (in keeping with capacity limits). So that no one is excluded from participating in Mass if they so wish, the church will remain closed for Masses until that point, which is expected to occur by November.

This is in keeping with today’s request by Bishop Vincent Long. The Archdiocese of Sydney, the Diocese of Broken Bay and the Diocese of Wollongong (which, along with our diocese, cover all the parishes in Greater Metropolitan Sydney) will also resume the celebration of Mass at that time. The Bishops of NSW are concerned that any earlier resumption of Masses, while permissible, would exclude those who are not fully vaccinated at that time.

We thank you for your continued patience and support, and we look forward to being able to welcome you back to the church soon.

In the meantime, if you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, we strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. Our Carmelite Community and our parish office staff are fully vaccinated, and recommend that everyone does the same for the protection of themselves, their loved ones, and our whole community.

COVID-19 Update (28 July 2021)

Information current as at 28 July 2021

Today, the NSW Government has announced a further extension to stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. The lockdown now remains in effect until 12:01 am on Saturday 28 August.

As such, all Masses are still cancelled, and the church remains closed.

Funerals may be celebrated, but under specific restrictions. Please contact the parish office should you need to discuss the options that are possible.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 28 August.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Masses are being live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel and St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

Feast Day Message from Fr Denis

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Feast Day

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on 16th July

Dear Parishioners

Lockdown greetings. The current COVID situation means we cannot celebrate our parish feast day this Sunday. The actual feast day is 16th July but, in the parish, we normally mark it on the Sunday closest to the date. However, you might like to join the livestream of the Mothers’ Mass at 10:30am from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Middle Park in Melbourne. This is an annual celebration and will be an excellent Mass with music etc. The livestream location details are as follows but when we get the actual link, we will publish it on the parish website so you can just click on the link and join:

The Carmelites also publish an excellent prayer service for homes for the feast day which you can find on our parish website. We will also make copies available outside the church and priory if you would like to pick one up.

Hopefully life will free up again. When it does, we will have a combined celebration of 75 years of the parish along with the feast day at the Sunday Masses on a weekend to be determined. In the meantime, on behalf of the Carmelite community at Wentworthville I wish you every peace and joy for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Please stay safe and well as we continue to live with the reality of the coronavirus.

Denis Andrew OCarm

75 Years - Parish of Wentworthville 1946-2021

Historical background to the Feast day

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelites. The first Carmelites were hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early 13th century. In the midst of their little cells or hermitages they built a chapel which they dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Eventually many of the Carmelite hermits left the Holy Land and spread throughout Europe. As well as seeing Mary as “The Lady of the Place” their devotion to Mary broadened.  The Carmelites came to see Mary in various roles such as a Woman of Prayer, Mary the Contemplative, Mary: Queen and Beauty of Carmel, Mary: Mother and Sister. It was in the late 14th century in England that the actual feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel first came to be celebrated on 16 July.

COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)

Information current as at 14 July 2021

Today, the NSW Government has announced a further extension to stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. The lockdown now remains in effect until 11:59 pm on Friday 30 July.

As such, all Masses are still cancelled, and the church remains closed.

Funerals may be celebrated, but under specific restrictions. Please contact the parish office should you need to discuss the options that are possible.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 31 July.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Masses are being live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel and St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

This weekend (17/18 July) is our annual celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our Parish Feast Day. Resources are provided for parishioners to celebrate the feast day this weekend, both through prayer and home and live streamed Mass from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Middle Park, Melbourne).

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (7 July 2021)

Information current as at 7 July 2021

Today, the NSW Government has announced an extension to stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. The lockdown now remains in effect until 11:59 pm on Friday 16 July.

As such, all Masses are still cancelled, and the church remains closed.

Funerals may be celebrated, but under specific restrictions. Please contact the parish office should you need to discuss the options that are possible.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 17 July.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Masses are being live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel and St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (26 June 2021)

Information current as at 2:30 pm, 26 June 2021

This afternoon, the NSW Government has announced stay-at-home orders for the whole for the Greater Sydney area. These are in effect from 6:00 pm tonight until 11:59 pm on Friday 9 July.

As such, all Masses and other liturgical celebrations are cancelled, and the church is closed.

Provided these restrictions do not change, Mass will resume again on Saturday 10 July.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

As parishioners cannot attend Mass, we have returned to providing our Celebration of the Word for God for use at home in its original, Sunday-specific format while stay-at-home orders are in place. Our resources for this Sunday are now available for you to use. 11:00 am Mass on Sundays is live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel. Mass for You At Home can be viewed on Channel 10 (Sunday 6:00 am), or on demand via 10play, YouTube, or the Mass for You at Home website.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (15 May 2021)

Information current as at 15 May 2021

Temporary COVID-19 restrictions introduced for last weekend were extended until 12:01 am on Monday 17 May. As such, for all Masses this weekend, the wearing of face masks remains mandatory, and singing by the assembly is not permitted.

Further details are provided in our previous COVID-19 update.

Thank you for your cooperation with these government requirements.

Celebrating Sunday at home

We continue to provide resources for people who wish, or need to celebrate at home instead of coming to Mass. Our resources for this Sunday are now available for you to use. 11:00 am Mass on Sundays is live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.

COVID-19 Update (7 May 2021)

Information current as at 7 May 2021
This update reflects the temporary restrictions in place for the Greater Sydney region from 6 May – 9 May 2021.

Face masks must be worn

Singing by the assembly is not permitted

Resources for praying at home are still available


More information

Face masks

Until 12:01 am on Monday 10 May, face masks must be worn at all indoor venues, including places of worship. As such, face masks must be worn by everyone attending Mass this weekend.

Singing

Until 12:01 am on Monday 10 May, singing by audiences at public events (eg concerts), or by congregants at a place of worship is not permitted.

Do not come to Mass if you are unwell, or display any symptoms of COVID-19. If you feel in any way unsure or anxious about coming to Mass, stay at home until you feel confident about returning. The obligation to participate in Mass remains suspended.

All other restrictions and procedures remain in place.

Celebrating Sunday at home

We continue to provide resources for people who wish, or need to celebrate at home instead of coming to Mass. Our resources for this Sunday are now available for you to use. 11:00 am Mass on Sundays is live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral via the Diocesan YouTube Channel.

Mass obligation

While restrictions remain in place, Bishop Vincent’s dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass remains in place in the Diocese of Parramatta.