As NSW has now achieved the 80% full vaccination target from Monday 18 October churches will be open to the entire community. There is now no requirement from the government to check the vaccination status of people attending our churches. We will recommence public Masses and other timetabled activities in relation to worship with the one person per 4 m².
For the time being we will continue with the timetabling of Masses that we had before the lock-down. This will mean two Saturday evening Masses and four Masses on Sunday morning. The proposed roster (based on the last draft) is linked here and will be updated in line with feedback received from those on the roster.
Breach of any of these orders referenced under the Public Health Act is a criminal offence and can attract penalties. We would remind you that random inspections of places of worship for safety compliance are being carried out.
We will continue with the live streaming of Mass each day for the time being on our facebook page.
On weekdays, it is at 9 AM. On Sundays our Mass will be live streamed at 9:30 AM.
Also available on our YouTube channel~ uploaded 30min after conclusion
We do understand that people who are especially vulnerable and even those who are vaccinated but remain anxious may not be prepared to attend Mass in person.
As advised in Ad Clerum (5/20) Catholics from the Diocese of Parramatta are from 20 March 2020 dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice (Canon 1248 §2 and Catechism 2181.) There is no change to this dispensation at this stage.
Registrations for the 2021 program are now closed. Due to the restrictions imposed upon us, we are unable to conduct the normal classes in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Consequently, the children are being prepared at home by their families. We are planning to celebrate the Sacrament on Monday, November 8 and Tuesday November 9. I would encourage parishioners to pray for the intentions of these candidates on this very important step on their faith journey they are undertaking.
In regard to Baptisms, we do ask that all those who had their children’s reception of Baptism postponed because of the lockdown to contact the parish office and reschedule. We will celebrate this Sacrament on Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM and on Sunday mornings at 11:45 AM. The 4 m² rule will apply.
The timetable for this will be published next weekend. At the moment this Sacrament is received by the appointment.
At the 80% full vaccination rate, the parish office and other facilities such as our meeting rooms will continue to be subjected to people’s vaccination status. Due to this, it has been decided to continue to delay face-to-face meetings and other gatherings until the next stage of the reopening which is expected to be December 1, 2021.
Please note- until at least December 1, 2021 masks still have to be worn in the church. As well, going to the parish office and going to the Church, will require that people do sign in. What happens after December 1 is that it seems that masks will not be compulsory. However, people are encouraged to consider wearing masks while in the Church.
Places of worship must record the contact details of people attending a religious service by sign in or check in (QR code).
This applies to Masses, weddings, funerals, memorial services, rosary groups, and all other events held at the parish.
While we do respect the right of people to make a decision in conscience about the vaccination, we do also expect them to make an informed decision about the possible consequences of not being vaccinated for themselves and for other members in the community.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is a morally good thing, providing protection for the person vaccinated and the wider community. Some COVID-19 vaccines are associated with ethically questionable production and research practices, but Pope Francis and the Australian Bishops have advised that it is morally permissible to receive any vaccine made available.
More information is available at https://www.catholic.org.au/coronavirus