UPDATED NSW HEALTH ADVICE – CHURCH SERVICES
Last Updated: 24 October 2020 9:19pm
The NSW Government has announced a further easing of restrictions on churches, to be introduced on Friday 23 October 2020.
Under the changes, churches will be allowed up to 300 people at Masses, providing a four square metre rule is observed.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant strongly recommended wearing a face mask:
- if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
- in places of worship
- in indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical.
Wearing a face mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended, especially in areas where there has been community transmission.
If you have been asked to self-isolate or you are COVID19 Positive, please do not attend any mass at St Luke’s Revesby, for the interest in the safety of our Parishioners, especially the vulnerable.
LATEST PARISH UPDATE
Last Updated: 24 October 2020 9:19pm
From Friday October 24 2020, a maximum of 300 people are allowed to attend all Religious Celebrations, providing that the 4 square metres or 1.5 metres rule of Physical Distancing must be adhered to at all times.
Masses will no longer be required to be booked to attend, however 150 people will only be allowed to attend each mass, to adhere with physical distancing rules.
The Tuesday 7 pm Mass and Saturday 5 pm Mass Will remain live-streamed.
The Contact details of all those entering the church will be recorded and physical distancing of at least 4 sqm must be observed.
Those who are unwell or at high risk due to a compromised immune or respiratory system must not attend and those over 70 should exercise particular caution.
High Contact Surfaces inside The Church will be regularly cleaned and disinfected and hand sanitizer will be provided. Shared Holy Water will still be unavailable.
Congregational singing is banned until further notice and Holy Communion shall only be received in the hand.
Our COVID Safe Plan is displayed here and is in place until further notice.
CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I visit a church for private prayer?
Yes, churches in NSW are open under the four-square-metre rule, with up to 300 people allowed inside churches at any one time.
Can I attend Mass in the Church?
Yes. From 23 October, Up to 300 people can attend Masses under the four-square-metre rule. Churches are required to keep records of all attending Masses for contact tracing purposes. You will need to contact your individual parish to register your attendance.
Where can I watch Mass now that churches are open but only small numbers are permitted?
St Luke’s Parish Revesby will continue to live-stream the 7 pm Mass every Tuesday and the 5 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, while the restrictions continue as well as various other services throughout the week. Mass For You at Home is broadcast on Channel 10 each Sunday from 6 am. There are several live-streaming services for daily Mass both locally and from around the English-speaking world. Bishops and priests can still say Mass privately.
Should I wear a mask at Mass?
Parishioners are advised to wear masks at Mass. Clergy are also asked to wear masks when meeting people before and after Mass, while distributing Holy Communion and while administering other sacraments.
Sunday observance and alternative devotions.
All but priests continue for the time being to be dispensed from attending Sunday Mass, but those who are at low risk of infection and able to do so are exhorted to take all reasonable steps to attend Sunday Mass. If you are unable to attend, you can keep Sunday holy by setting aside some time for prayer at home, reading the Scriptures of the day, watching Mass on television or online and asking God for the graces you would normally receive in Holy Communion. Priests should celebrate daily Mass privately and offer it on behalf of those who cannot attend and for the whole nation.
Can baptisms be performed?
Yes from 24 July, up to 100 people are allowed to attend baptisms under the four-square-metre rule.
What about weddings?
From 1 December, up to 300 people can attend church weddings, subject to the 4 square metre rule. Clergy are not included in this figure.
Am I able to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Yes. First Rite Confessions can be celebrated in the church.
What if a loved one dies? Can I still have a funeral Mass?
Yes. From 1 December, up to 300 people are allowed to attend a funeral Mass, following the four square metre rule.
How about the Anointing of the Sick?
Pastoral care of the sick, frail and elderly should as far as possible be undertaken by clergy. Our priests must follow the guidance of health care facilities, some of which may only allow their own chaplains to minister to those with COVID-19 since they receive intensive training regarding safety protocols. When anointing the sick, priests have been given permission to lay on hands above rather than upon the head to anoint and use a cotton wool ball, cotton bud or a protective glove which can be disposed of after a single use.
What if my child is scheduled to receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation during this time?
Many parishes are expecting to hold these celebrations later this year, subject to the four square metre rule with up to 100 people allowed to attend. This could be made up of 25 candidates (or less) plus sponsor and parents.