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

Prayer Resources for Use at Home during COVID-19 Closure

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.

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

Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and Sts Louis and Zélie Martin

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

Children’s Sacramental Process 2020

Enrolment into the Children’s Sacramental Process will be available from this weekend via the school and parish offices, websites and news stands. The aim of this process is to support parents as they guide their children’s understanding and practice of the faith. If you’re a parent discerning the sacraments for your children, when to begin, how to go about it, or even whether or not you should enrol your child into this process, please refer to the enrolment form. For further enquiries please email Paola Yevenes at paola.olmc@gmail.com

Welcome to our new site

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.