Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Bishop Brian Mascord updated the directives as Prime Minister Scott Morrison defined places of worship as non-essential and directed churches, religious gatherings, and places of worship close from midday today, Monday 23 March 2020.
He directed the following for the Diocese of Wollongong:
• Public Masses and liturgies—both indoor and outdoor—are suspended until further notice (as directed in my statement on 19 March 2020).
• Baptisms on church premises are to cease from midday on Monday, 23 March 2020.
• Church buildings, adoration chapels and other church buildings used for prayer and religious services are to remain closed from midday on Monday, 23 March 2020.
• Holy Communion is not to be given to anyone, including the sick, except as Viaticum for the dying. If Viaticum for the dying is celebrated this is done according to the procedures set out in my previous directives on 19 March 2020.
* The NSW government has advised that the shutdown of religious gatherings and places of worship exclude “small weddings and funerals that comply with the 4m2 rule, which can proceed”. with only immediate family in attendance.
So with our Parish we will follow the directives of our Bishop
- The church will not be opened for adoration.
- Baptisms and Sacramental Programs will be postponed until the pandemic is over
- Our weekday Mass will be lived streaming at 9.00am instead of 9.30am.
- Our Weekend Mass will be lived streaming at 9.00am on Sunday.
- Any suggestions that you would like to suggest that we should do in this time please email us.
- We, your priests, are always with you and for you. We are in your service. If you need us please ring or email the parish office.
In the meantime, keep safe, look after yourself, your family, and people from your neighbourhood. We should pray for each other and trusting that God is still in control.
Yours in Christ,
Fr John Ho