New COVID Regulations for our Parish
As of 3 December 2020, our churches are to comply with new COVID safety requirements given by the WA Government. Click here to read about the changes in more detail.
In short, the first requirement is that records of attendance have been reintroduced, effective from 5 December 2020. All persons aged 16 years and older who come into our church or Parish Centre for any reason are required by law to register their name, contact number, date and time of arrival in the various ways provided. Second, we are no longer required to keep 2sqm / 1.5m per person social distancing within our churches. However we do need to limit the church capacity to 60%, which for our church means 180 people, and common sense social distancing whilst in the church is still encouraged.
The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass and Christmas Masses is still current, although everyone still needs to keep the obligation of the Lord’s Day on Sunday (and Christmas Day) 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 or Christmas Mass at this stage.
Christmas Masses 2020 and TryBooking Requirement
Thursday 24 Dec, 5:00pm - Christmas Carols
Thursday 24 Dec, 5:30pm - Children's Christmas Mass
Thursday 24 Dec, 7:30pm - Christmas Carols
Thursday 24 Dec, 8:00pm - Christmas Vigil Mass
Friday 25 Dec, 7:30am - Christmas Day Mass
Friday 25 Dec, 9:30am - Christmas Day Mass
Due to the normally larger numbers, those coming to the Christmas Masses for 2020 are asked to use the online TryBooking system. When making your booking, please include all people coming with you, including children so that we don't exceed our 180 person limit. Those 16 years and older need to provide a contact number. If possible, please leave the 5:30pm Children's Christmas Eve Mass for those with young families. If you have any difficulties with making a booking, please email or call the parish and Anna Ling will assist you.
Bookings for all Christmas masses shall close at 2 pm on 24 Dec 2020. The 5:30pm children’s Mass is completely full, but there are ample spaces still available at the other three Masses. Registration for these other Masses can be completed in the church foyer when you arrive.
Ushers will ensure that all people coming into our church have their contact details registered as required by law, and that we have no more than 180 people in our church. 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 to assist with contact registering.
Some Differences in the Way We Celebrate the Mass
Changes in the way we celebrate the Mass include 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 social distance themselves.
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
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will resume to the normal time of 30 minutes before each weekend Mass or upon request. Remember that we are bound to celebrate this Sacrament 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.
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.