Coronavirus and Mass Attendance Update 02/01/2021

Update on restrictions 2 January 2021

Published: 2 January 2021

Released by: The Premier – Statement from Gladys Berejiklian and Brad Hazzard (extract)

Given the general risk in Greater Sydney, new measures are required to reduce the transmission potential of COVID-19 while maintaining economic activity.

The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are effective from midnight tonight (02/01/2021);

  • Face masks will be mandatory in the following indoor settings: …., places of worship, ….. Compliance will start from Monday, 4 January 2021 with $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance. Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
  • Places of worship and religious services limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people.
  • Weddings and funerals limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people.

People are still encouraged to limit non-essential gatherings and reduce their mobility where possible to further minimise the risk of transmission in the community. 

Whilst these measures do not apply to areas outside Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains), we urge all residents and visitors across the State to practise COVID safe behaviours and get tested even if symptoms are mild.

We thank the community for their patience and understanding.

Our priority is always to protect the health and safety of the community.

The full statement can be viewed here è

Update on restrictions 2 January 2021 | NSW Government

For our parish this means. The 4 m² rule still remains in place and attendance will be limited to 100 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.

  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.

 The 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday morning will continue to be live streamed.

Entry to the Church:

  • For weekday Masses this will be via the side door closest to the Parish Offices.
  • For Vigil and Sunday Masses entry will be via the door facing Breakfast Road. 




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. 




Please remember: if you are unwell do not come to the Church.

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.


Pastoral Care

  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.


COVID-19 Crisis Response Team – Update

  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.

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.



Each Morning after the 9 AM Mass.



We will continue to live stream the Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 am.
We will not live stream weekday Masses from Monday, January 4; this will be reviewed should things change.



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 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.



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. 


St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Parish
40 Breakfast Rd
(PO Box 4345)
Marayong 2148 , NSW Australia

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