” Permission to re-open churches and to conduct religious gatherings comes with strict conditions; we must take all reasonable precautions to protection the health of everyone involved. From Friday, 15 May 2020, in New South Wales in response to State, Government and Archdiocese measure our churches may re-open for religious gatherings with no more than 10 people in attendance at masses conducted and are subject to pre-booking “
In response to the new commonwealth and state restrictions on public places, following the response from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney,
Presently, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Sefton and Sacred Heart Parish Villawood religious gatherings with no more than 10 people in attendance at masses conducted are subject to pre-booking
THIRD PASTORAL LETTER TO THE CLERGY AND FAITHFULL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY 13 MAY 2020
Any weddings restricted to 10 people : The couple, The Celebrant and assisting ministers are permitted
(encouraged to postpone)
A funerals is restricted to 20 indoor mourners and 30 outdoor mourners. A Requiem Mass may be foreshadowed later in the year.
A Baptism is encouraged to be postponed for at least six months ( unless there is serious illness or danger of imminent death.
Because First Rite Confessions are by definition a meeting of two people these are unaffected. As of Friday 15 May 2020, special directives have been put in place to allow confession to occur inside churches . Current advice on distancing (4sqm), hygiene, hand sanitiser etc should be followed. Confessions, if necessary, are offered by strict ” Appointment only ” through the Parish Office.
MOST REV. ANTHONY FISHER OP
ARCHBISHOP OF SYDNEY
” We pray for and look forward to the day when our parishes can gather again as normal. In this season of Easter we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus above all, but also a kind of release from the tomb and resurrection to new life for His body the Church. The resilience demonstrated and pastoral energies released in recent times in our parishes and agencies will by the grace of Easter carry us forward in the months ahead. Please feel free to share relevant parts of this letter with your people. With my love and prayers for you all. ”