The WA Government Phase 4 Restrictions apply from Saturday 27 June 2020. Whilst limits have been removed for the number of persons present in Mass gatherings, social distancing measures of 1.5m / 2sqm are still place, effectively meaning for our church we can still only seat 100 people safely.
Weekday and Weekend Masses
Records of attendance are no longer required for those coming into churches. Hence our TryBooking System is no longer required.
The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass is still current, although everyone will still need to keep the obligation of the Lord’s Day on Sunday in some way, as hopefully you have been doing thus far. The dispensation however means that you are not required to come to a Sunday Mass at this stage.
With Phase 4 and the 1.5m / 2sqm rule remaining, people still need to be seated in a certain way and the ushers will assist with this. They will also ensure people are keeping 1.5m distancing at all times and will be available to assist with any questions. Please follow their directives and be patient. Please note that the entrance to the church will only be through one back foyer entrance on the west side. Please do not enter into the church foyer if there is not enough room to respect 1.5m spacing. Please come early to avoid congestion just before Mass. All pews will be required for large Masses and not everyone can sit at the back, so please don't be afraid to sit towards the front and where there are spots in the middle of the pews.
Keeping with the 1.5m / 2sqm rule of Phase 4, seating in the church requires:
three individuals on a pew, or
one couple and two individuals on a pew, or
one family and one individual on a pew.
We still need to sit on alternate pews within the church marked with a yellow sticker, and the other alternate pews are taped off with a strip of blue tape. All the pews where people are seated will be wiped clean after each Mass.
Some Differences in the Way We Celebrate the Mass
As before the suspension of Masses, you will notice some changes we have been instructed to implement in the way we celebrate the Mass, including the following:
There will be no Holy Water at entrances to the church.
There will be no offertory processions.
The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
Those coming up for Holy Communion are to space themselves at 1.5m.
Holy Communion will be given in the species of the Body of Christ only.
Holy Communion in the hand is still encouraged during this time. I think it might be best if those who wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue come up after all others have received Holy Communion.
You will notice the priest and servers / acolytes will be doing extra hand hygiene.
If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to Mass celebrations.
The downstairs toilets in the Parish Centre will still remain open for each weekend Mass. During the week, the ushers have a key to the downstairs toilets. Please use these toilets and not the toilet in the sacristy. The sacristy is out-of-bounds at this point of time.
First and Second Collections
There will be no collections at any of the Masses, but there are first and second collection baskets at the back of the church if you wish to make a cash contribution. Online contributions via bank transfer are still encouraged, with the details on our Finances page on this website. Thank you for supporting our Parish!
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confessions will resume to the normal time of 30 minutes before each weekend Mass or upon request. Remember that we are bound to go to Confession once a year at least, and that we shouldn’t come to Holy Communion having committed any mortal sins. If you think you will need a bit of time for your Confession, it might still be best to make a time to see a priest so that there is no need to rush. Remember also you can go to Confession to any other priest by calling their Parish.
Masses have ceased to be live-streamed here in the Parish. Older Mass videos can still be see on our Parish YouTube channel.
Weekend Mass Times
Currently the Children's Liturgy at the 9:30am Mass has been suspended.
Weekday Mass Times
Weekday Rosary Times
Tuesday after morning Mass
Thursday after morning Mass
Friday after morning Mass
Parish Morning Tea
First Sunday of the month after the 9.30am Mass, although at present this isn't happening.
Half-hour before all weekend Masses or by appointment.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is combined with the first Friday of the month 8.30am Mass. At present, this has been suspended.
For more about this Sacrament click here.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Second Thursday of the month after the 8.30am Mass.
It begins with the Rosary, then quiet Adoration, then Benediction.