Pastoral Letter from Bishop Vincent Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination

Our bishop, Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, has today released a pastoral letter about COVID-19 vaccination. In the letter, he affirms that receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is in accordance with Catholic teaching, and encourages all eligible people within the Diocese to get vaccinated.

Particularly as our state is challenged by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus, everyone is urged to get vaccinated. Parishioners wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine should consult the NSW Government website for information about clinics set up in the local area, or speak to their doctor.

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.

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.

COVID-19 Update (14 February 2021)

Information current as at 14 February 2021
This update reflects the easing of restrictions announced by the NSW Government, which took effect from 12 February 2021.

Mass attendance limited to 1 person per 2 square metres

Face masks are optional, but still encouraged

Resources for praying at home are still available


More information

Mass attendance

The number of people allowed in the church is limited to a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres. This increases the number of people who can come to Mass. Registration in advance for Sunday Mass is still necessary.

The wearing of face masks is still encouraged, but it is no longer a government requirement.

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.

Whenever you come to Mass, you must check in on the sheets provided in the parish centre. QR code registration is available as well, providing an additional level of assistance to NSW Health should contact tracing be necessary.

It remains the case that for the time being, only the designated music ministers may sing during Mass.

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 (2 January 2021)

Information current as at 2 January 2021
This update reflects restrictions announced by the NSW Government today, which take effect from midnight.

Mass attendance limited to 100 people

Face masks must be worn inside the church and parish centre

Resources for praying at home are still available


More information

Mass attendance

The number of people allowed in the church is limited to a maximum of 100 people. This will limit the number of people who can come to Mass. Registration in advance for Sunday Mass is essential – please do not come with registering, hoping there will be spaces available.

The wearing of face masks is now mandatory.

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 is currently suspended.

Whenever you come to Mass, you must check in on the sheets provided in the parish centre. QR code registration is available as well, providing an additional level of assistance to NSW Health should contact tracing be necessary.

Only the designated music ministers may sing during Mass.

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.

Christmas COVID-19 Update

Information current as at 23 December 2020

All Masses are booked out

Face masks should be worn inside the church and parish centre

Christmas resources for praying at home are available

Christmas Day is not a holy day of obligation in 2020


More information

Mass attendance

The number of people allowed in the church has returned to the 1 person per 4 square metres rule. The tighter restrictions put in place earlier this week affects the number of people that can attend Masses for Christmas.

Only those who are already registered may attend the Christmas Masses. There are no remaining places available.

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 is currently suspended.

Everyone who comes to Mass is strongly recommended to wear a face mask.

Only the designated music ministers may sing during Mass.

Registration

Only those who are already registered may attend the Christmas Masses. There are no remaining places available.

Please do not come to the Church without registering, hoping there will be places available.

Whenever you come to Mass, you must check in on the sheets provided in the parish centre. QR code registration is available as well, providing an additional level of assistance to NSW Health should contact tracing be necessary.

Celebrating Christmas 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 Christmas are now available for you to use. Midnight Mass and 11:00 am Mass on Christmas Day will be 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. This same dispensation applies to Christmas Day. As such, Christmas Day this year is not a holy day of obligation in our Diocese.