COVID-19 Updates

This page will be updated as the latest information become available.

Updated 30 June 2021

All Mass gatherings are restricted to 100 people or less.

St Patrick’s Parish will be monitoring attendances in order to adhere with Government protocols.

Sunday obligation is currently suspended.

However, all are encouraged to attend Mass to pray and intercede for the nation (whilst observing the 1.5m social distancing rule).

Persons of 75 years or older are encouraged to stay at home.

DO NOT ENTER the church if the following applies:

If in the last 14 days you have travelled from overseas or have been in contact with someone who has.

If you have been in close or casual contact with confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19.

If you are experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath.

Further information on church protocols is available in the foyer. 

Latest protocols for NSW parishes (dated June 28th 2021) 

 COVID 19 Diocesan Protocols Effective 28th June 2021 

1. If you are unwell, stay home. 

If you have been in the Greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour on or after Monday 21 June, follow the stay at home rules for 14 days after you leave the Greater Sydney region. 

2. Covid-Safe Business 

All Parishes must comply with the NSW Government requirement to complete a Covid-Safe Plan and register as a Covid-Safe Business. 

3. Singing

Singing by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed. 

4. Maximum Attendance

a. Attendance at Places of Worship is limited to one person per four square meters (excluding clergy and liturgical ministers). 
b. Physical distancing is to be practiced. People from different households are to remain 1.5m apart. 

5. Hygiene Practices

a. Masks are to be worn in all indoor non-residential indoor settings. (Liturgical Ministers may remove masks while on the Sanctuary.) 
b. Sanitisation of hands before entering the church, hall, prayer room, etc. 
c. Wiping down of pews and common areas at conclusion of Mass or gathering is encouraged. 
d. Priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to purify hands with sanitiser before and after offering Holy Communion and to wear masks while distributing Holy Communion. 
e. Limit the use of communal books. Ensure they are cleaned between use. 

6. Register of people upon entering the Church, Hall, Prayer Room, etc.

a. NSW Government Covid-Safe QR Code is the preferred record-keeping option. 
b. Name, phone number and entry time to be recorded and kept securely for at least 28 days. 
c. Any paper-based records must be entered into electronic format (spreadsheet/database) within 12 hours. 

7. Eucharist

a. Sacred Host to be offered only, not the Precious Blood. 
b. No touching at the sign of peace. 
c. No offertory procession. 
d. No collection plates are to be passed around. 

8. Communion to Sick and Elderly Persons 

Normal pastoral practice continues including Communion to sick persons in hospitals, aged care homes and private homes 

9. Anointing of the Sick

a. Anointing of the sick in hospitals, aged care and private homes if permitted to enter. 
b. If the person has COVID-19, please consult the Bishop’s Office. 

Normal Pastoral Practice continues. 

Most Rev Mark Edwards OMI 
Bishop of Wagga Wagga 

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