Effective October 23 there has been a revision in the Covid- 19 guidelines. The 4 m² rule still remains in place which means that our attendance within the Church building will be somewhere between 150 to 200 people. You may still only be seated where the yellow signs are situated. Families from the one household may be seated together, but only one family per row.
Under the new guidelines, when we reach our capacity of between 150 to 200 people (which depends on the number of families from the one household) we will be able to have an extra 30 to 50 people seated in the piazza area with the same 4 m² rule in effect.
There is to be no congregational singing during Worship Services.
Mingling and social gatherings in the outdoor area should also not occur after the Mass as this would be considered an outdoor social gathering and would impact on the Mass that is following.
Weekday morning Masses will continue to be live streamed. The same will happen at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday morning.
Entry to the Church:
All people coming to Mass are to wear a mask.
All people are to have their temperature taken.
All People are to sanitise their hands.
All people are to sign in.
You may only sit in the designated seats.
You Are asked to keep your distance when lining up for Holy Communion.
There can be no gathering outside the church before, during or after our services.
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.
In respect to ministering to the housebound, great caution should be exercised. Only the priest or deacon should visit if deemed necessary. In anointing people and visiting for the purpose of Holy Communion, the priest should wash their hands with an appropriate solution both before and after the visit.
Home visits should not be performed by any of the Parish Ministries at this time as it may be possible to unknowingly spread the virus from door to door. Only priests and deacons are permitted to carry out home visits for the time being.
The COVID-19 Crisis Response Team established by Bishop Vincent continues to meet fortnightly and is actively monitoring this pandemic to determine the Diocesan response.
Any updated information received from the Government will continue to be sent to all agencies, ministries, parishes, clergy, Chancery, Ministry Centre, and Diocesan Boards in the Diocese of Parramatta.
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.
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.