UPDATED NSW HEALTH ADVICE – CHURCH SERVICES
Last Updated: 25 July 2020 at 11:53am
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Pritchard and St Brendan’s in Bankstown have closed this weekend after NSW Health identified four additional cases associated with a series of funeral gatherings and a church service attended by a woman in her 40s from the Fairfield area.
Attendees of the following funeral and other church services are now urged to immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 regardless of any symptoms, and continue to self-isolate for 14 days even if the test is negative. If symptoms develop get tested again.
Testing is available at Fairfield Hospital and Fisher Street carpark, Cabramatta drive-through clinic.
The services attended were:
- 16 July St Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown for one hour from 6.30pm
- 17 July Ausia Funeral Services at Fairfield East between 1pm and 8pm
- 18 July Funeral service at St Brendan’s Catholic Church Bankstown for one hour from 10am
- 18 July Burial service at St John of God Lawn at Rookwood between 11.30-1pm
- 19 July Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Mt Pritchard for one hour from 7.30am
If you have attended any of these Church Services, 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: 1 August 2020 at 10:16am
From 0001 (12:01 am) on Friday the 24th of July, only 100 people are allowed to attend Religious Celebrations, including Holy Mass, Funerals and Weddings. The 4 square metres or 1.5 metres rule of Physical Distancing must be adhered to at all times. Please remember to book to attend mass.
Only the Tuesday 7:30 pm Mass and Saturday 5 pm Mass Will be 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.
You must book to attend Weekend Masses, however, there is no need to book for Weekday Mass.
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 on our home page 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 100 people allowed inside churches at any one time.
Can I attend Mass in the Church?
Yes. From 24 July, up to 100 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.
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?
Yes. From 24 July, up to 100 people are allowed to attend church wedding ceremonies under the four square metre rule.
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 24 July, up to 100 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 being observed.