Mass cancelled and Church closed till further notice

Published March 20, 2020 by Fr Erick Niyiragira in Announcements

Dear Parish Leaders and Parishioners

As you are aware, Australia is facing an unprecedented time of great challenge. The COVID19 virus and societal responses that are expected of us are testing us at many levels.

Earlier today the Parish team met to discuss how to respond to these expectations and made a decision of cancelling all masses from tomorrow 21/3/2020. Shortly after this, our Prime Minister indicated that more space for groups needed to be made available, increasing the need for greater precautions such as the appropriate sanitization of spaces and limiting entry to the church. An Extraordinary meeting of the Liturgy group was held this evening to look at ways to address the issue that these earlier decisions posed for our community.

The Liturgy group took into account the realistic application of safe distancing, the logistics of limiting entry into the church; the supervision of an open church, minimising the risk for our parish especially our most vulnerable parishioners and considering the safety of the Passionist community.

For this reason we have decided to close the church beginning tomorrow.

This has been a hard decision to make but one which we feel is in the best interests of the whole community at this time. We are hopeful of being able to open the church for personal prayer in coming weeks but want to ensure that we have time to put into place the processes that we must have to ensure the safety of the community and any visitors.

Our website and our Facebook page will be the way in which any updates will be communicated. As well as this a variety of prayer resources and links to mass on line and other supports etc will be made available.

We ask you to communicate this message to your team and ask them to spread the word to people whom they know.

We appreciate that this is going to be a very difficult time for our community and we also understand that it is a constantly changing time in terms of the advice we are receiving. We must support each other with care and compassion, trusting always that God is with us and will see us through this challenging time.

We thank you for your support and ask for your prayers for our community at this time.

With Peace,

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