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Updated Thursday May 21 at 11am

Masses

St Patrick’s Church will be celebrating weekday Masses at 7.00am each day and also 9.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday Masses will be offered at 9.30am and 5.00pm. Sunday Masses will be offered at 8.00am, 10.00am and 5.30pm. If you would like to attend one of these, please contact the parish office on (02) 6041 2588 or 0439 530 515 to book in. Unfortunately,¬†due to restrictions, there is a limit of 10 people at each Mass.

Latest protocols for NSW parishes 

The NSW Premier has announced changes to COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, 15 May 2020. 

Please note the following: 

1. Churches may now be open but will be restricted to no more than 10 people in the building at any time. 

2. Mass may be celebrated for no more than 10 people, excluding those conducting the service. 

3. Funerals celebrated inside the church building are restricted to 20 people, excluding those conducting the service. 

4. Funerals celebrated outside the church building are restricted to 30 people, excluding those conducting the service. 

5. Weddings may now be celebrated with 10 people, excluding those conducting the ceremony. 

These gatherings are permitted with the physical distancing rule of 1.5 metres. No physical sign of peace is permitted and the current protocols for Holy Communion remain in place. 

Rev Kevin O’Reilly 
Apostolic Administrator – Delegate 
13 May 2020 

Adoration Chapel

Will open again on Wednesday, 20th May. Further details to follow.

Updated Diocesan Protocols

Churches are open in NSW.
The following liturgical and pastoral protocols are in place.

Eucharist

  1. Masses (Sundays & Weekdays) are to be celebrated with no more than 10 people (excluding priest and those involved in liturgical ministries) until further notice.
    a. Communion in the hand only.
    b. 1.5metres distancing.
    c. Customary/recommended hygiene practices.

Communion to Sick People and Elderly Persons

  1. Communion to sick persons in hospitals, aged care homes or private homes is permitted.
    a. Communion in hospitals is to be distributed only by hospital chaplains or hospital pastoral care team.
    b. Communion in aged care homes will be subject to individual institutions.

Anointing of the Sick

  1. Permitted in general pastoral circumstances, including hospitals, aged care homes and private homes.
    a. In hospitals:
    i. Restricted to hospital chaplains until further notice.
    ii. If the patient has COVID 19, hospital chaplains to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), i.e., gown, gloves, mask, goggles. Chaplains to be accompanied by a medical health worker to ensure correct donning and doffing.
    iii. Laying on of hands above the head.
    iv. Oil of the Sick administered only with gloves, using cotton buds/swabs.
    b. In aged care homes:
    i. If the patient has COVID 19, request one of the hospital chaplains to
    celebrate the sacrament.
    ii. Follow protocols in 3a. iii-iv.
    c. In private homes:
    i. Follow protocols in 3a. iii-iv.
    ii. Persons with COVID 19 would be expected to be in hospital.

Funerals and Weddings

  1. A total of 20 people allowed for a funeral inside a church.
  2. A total of 30 people allowed for a graveside funeral (excluding celebrant and people
    involved in liturgical ministries).
  3. A total of 10 people allowed for a wedding inside a church building (excluding celebrant and those involved in liturgical ministries).

Baptism

  1. 10 people permitted inside the Church building (excluding celebrant and those involved in liturgical ministries), with customary/recommended hygiene practices.
    a. RCIA candidates can receive confirmation.

Penance

  1. First rite of penance, with priest and penitent observing 1.5m spacing.
  2. Second rite of penance suspended until further notice.

First Penance, First Holy Communion & Confirmation

  1. Suspended until further notice.

Prayer and Social Gatherings

  1. No more than 10 people permitted to gather whether inside Church or other Church facility.

Register

  1. Parishes and communities are to keep an accurate register of people who come for public and private prayer.

Hygiene

  1. Frequently touched surfaces to be regularly cleaned.

Rev Kevin O’Reilly
Apostolic Administrator – Delegate
15 May 2020

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic

Pope Francis has authorised the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.

The decree can be found here:
https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.html

Confessions

The faithful are encouraged to make use of the tradition and practice of daily examen. Confessions may be requested and arranged, respecting the social distancing requirements.

Online Mass and Prayer Resources

https://www.stpatricksalbury.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Online-Mass-and-Prayer-Resources-18032020.pdf