Phone: 08 9341 1124

104 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough

PO Box 156, Scarborough WA 6922

scarborough@perthcatholic.org.au

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

With the new coronavirus spreading across the world we have all witnessed much fear and uncertainty. People are suffering financially, people are sick, and people are dying. Yet as the Most Rev Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB reminds us in his pastoral letter below, we are people of faith and hope. Now is the time for intensifying our prayer. Now is the time for love and solidarity with each other. Now is the time to remember that one of the most common expressions in the Bible is "be not afraid!" We need to trust in God's love for each one of us, His providence, and the promises Our Lord Jesus Christ made to us, that no matter what happens He will be with us always (Mt 28:20).  

On Tuesday 24 March 2020, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB released his latest Pastoral Letter on temporary changes to be implemented in the Archdiocese of Perth in relation to this new coronavirus. The Archdiocese of Perth is working closely with the State and Federal governments on this matter, and updates will continue to be released and posted on our website and on the Archdiocesan website.

​Click here to read the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Perth, 24 March 2020.

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Key updates from the above Pastoral Letter and Government directives which have been implemented in our parish include:

  • All public Masses are suspended until further notice. The normal Sunday Mass obligation for the faithful does not apply, although parishioners still need to make time for Sunday rest and prayer to God in other ways, such as family prayer, reading of Sacred Scripture, the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, etc. The priests and bishops will continue to celebrate Mass in private for the people entrusted to their care.

  • Our church is closed to the public until further notice, even for private prayer.

  • Baptisms are to be postponed at the moment, except in cases of emergency. If you feel there is an emergency situation developing please contact the parish.

  • Weddings and funerals - please contact our Parish regarding these.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is still available. Please call to arrange.

  • First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation celebrations have been temporarily suspended.

  • Regular Holy Communion to the housebound visits in our parish have ceased. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion / Viaticum can be arranged upon request and in accord with the guidelines from the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC).

Government Links:

  • Australian Government’s Department of Health Advice is available by clicking here.

  • Read about the Australian Government’s Campaign for the Coronavirus here.
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources are available by clicking here.

  • Public Health Advice from the Western Australian Department of Health is available here.

  • Measures that the Western Australian government have put in place to reduce the spread of Coronavirus can be accessed here.

  • Coronavirus updates in different languages can be accessed here.

TV / Online Mass options:

Suggestions for Prayer, Scripture, Spiritual Reading, Podcasts, etc (being updated):

Coronavirus Prayer to Our Blessed Mother

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope. We rely on you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross united with Jesus’ pain, kept steadfast your faith. You know what we need. We are sure that you will provide for us, as you did at Cana of Galilee, so that joy and celebration might return after this trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do what we are told by Jesus, who has taken our suffering upon Himself and has burdened Himself with our sorrows to lead us through the Cross, to the joy of Resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not despise the pleas of we who are in trial, and free us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

(Adapted from Pope Francis’ Prayer for the People of Rome,

11 March 2020)