As we continue to navigate the changes to restrictions bearing in mind we must adhere to the guidelines authorised by NSW Health, conscious that we as a community have a responsibility for the health of each other and for the broader community.
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.
Places of worship must record the contact details of people attending a religious service.
If attending as a family group from the same household, one adult contact name and number or email is sufficient.
This applies to Masses, weddings, funerals, memorial services, rosary groups, and all other events held at the parish.
MASS & OTHER RELIGIOUS SERVICES, WEDDING AND FUNERALS:
Weekday Mass from July 24 & Sunday Liturgies from July 25
There is a cap of 100 people at Mass, religious services, weddings and funerals held at places of worship.
The four-square metre rule and 1.5m physical distancing requirements will continue to apply. As COVID-19 cases are escalating, we need to be very mindful of how we can eliminate risk.
Due to the reduced limit there can be no gathering outside the church before, during or after our services.
To assist staff and volunteers in policing these regulations we will be using the side door for entry to the church and the door behind the choir area for exit.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR PARISHIONERS AND VISITORS TO THE CHURCH SAFE.
Please follow instructions upon entry to the Church.
NB: Breach of any of these orders referenced under the Public Health Act is a criminal offence and can attract penalties.
As has occurred in some parishes, we expect police may conduct random inspections of places of worship for COVID-19 safety compliance.
Masses on Week Days: Monday to Saturday at 9 AM and Wednesday evening Novena and Mass at 7:00pm.
Saturday Evening Vigil Masses: 5 PM and 6 PM,
Sunday morning Masses: 7:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.
THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE:
Each Morning after the 9 AM Mass.
LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES AND PLACEMENT OF MASSES ON YOUTUBE:
Certainly, for the time being we will continue to live stream the Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 AM. We are considering the feasibility of continuing to live stream the weekday Masses. Your thoughts in regard to this would be appreciated.
VISITATION TO THE CHURCH:
The front corner door of the Church (near the Piety store) will be a means of entering the Church. It is necessary that you use hand sanitiser and record time along with your name and phone number upon entering the Church. We would also ask that you do not touch statues, the tabernacle, paintings, or any other religious object in the church.
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM:
The current restrictions allow us to be able to have 3 baptisms of a Sunday. We do ask that people bring no more than 20 guests to the actual baptism ceremony. Baptism preparation will recommence this month. This will take place on the second Wednesday each month at 7:30 PM in the Father Byrne Centre. If you wish to have a child baptised, you will need to make a booking for the date of the baptism and for the preparation course.
SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK:
It is not practical at this stage to have the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at Mass. However, I would point out that this sacrament is readily available for those who are experiencing serious illness, preparing for an operation, or experiencing the infirmity of old age. This can be done individually by contacting the parish office or by seeing one of the priests after Mass of a weekday.