IMPORTANT NEW UPDATE to PARISHIONERS – 01.06.2020
(Please get word out to people who do not have email access.)
COVID-19 – Queensland Roadmap to easing Restrictions
Under Queensland’s Roadmap (part of the National Roadmap):
Stage 1 commences 16 May
Stage 2 commences 1 June
Stage 3 commences 10 July.
The relaxation of other restrictions will depend on how the pandemic situation changes, and, as important, how successfully we comply with hygiene, social distancing (4 square metres/person indoors) and other directives and requirements.
For places of worship and religious ceremonies, Funerals and Marriages – (inclusive of the minister/s):
|Number of participants permitted|
|Stage||Places of worship||Funerals||Weddings|
|1||10||20 indoors, 30 outdoors||10|
|2||20||maximum of 50||20|
|3||maximum of 100||maximum of 100||maximum of 100|
We are still required to register the names and contact details of ALL who attend such services and celebrations – to facilitate tracking, tracing and rapid response in the event of infection.
What does it mean for our parish? Safe – Cautious – Appropriate
For Stage 2:
This Sunday (June 7), we will continue to only celebrate the Sunday 9.30 mass in the church; but with no more than 20 participants.
It will be live streamed, as we have done for some weeks now, and will continue to do.
Weekday masses will be continue to be celebrated only on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.00 am. This week’s participants will stay limited to 10 – giving us time to make suitable seating rearrangements for the weekend.
People participating in group prayer, rosary, Prayer and Praise must also comply to directives and requirements outlined above.
Recording pre-registration, as well as attendance on arrival at the church, are essential to assist in any tracing and tracking of possible/detected infection.
Parish arrangements for Stages 3 will be announced in the coming weeks following the success or otherwise of Stage 2.
How do we facilitate attendance numbers and registration requirements?
Please register your interest in attending the Sunday mass or the Tuesday or Thursday morning masses by contacting the Parish Office.
You will need to complete an Attendance form when you get to the church for Mass or any other service. If more than the registered/permitted number of people arrive at the church, they will be asked to leave.
People visiting the church for Other than Mass, are also be asked to complete an Attendance form.
For the sake of fairness, please do not expect to be able to come to all masses in any one week.
We will be asking people to share the opportunities of attendance with others; especially those who do not have internet access, or email capabilities and/or who can’t participate in a live-stream mass, and who have been very isolated over the past weeks. Please encourage these people to register and attend ahead of yourself, or even accompany them.
It is NOT a ‘first come first served’ situation. We are gospel people – the last and least must be considered ahead of the first and hearty.
Dispensation from Sunday obligation still applies during the pandemic crisis.
Fr Karel, Vera Skinner, John Fitzgerald (Parish team)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact UPDATE
We are ALL asked to play our role at home, out-and-about, and with others:
be safe – cautious – appropriate!
International, National and State Health authorities advise us to STAY CALM and SAFE, maintain a prescribed SOCIAL DISTANCE and pay attention to official news and directions … for official health news and measures go to health.gov.au
Please note the following and act responsibly for the welfare of all:
- Keep a safe/healthy SOCIAL DISTANCE from each other at ALL TIMES.
- If we are not feeling well, stay away from others, seek medical advice and self-isolate until better.
- Participants at Sunday – Weekday Masses and other church gatherings can increase from June 1 under Queensland Roadmap to Recovery Stage 2 – with no more than 20 people in attendance. All gatherings (including for rosary, Prayer and Praise etc.) are to observe Social Distancing requirements.
- Church communities across the country will be observing their relevant State Roadmap directives.
- Our schools and early learning centres are open.
- Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings are currently regulated by the Queensland Roadmap to Recovery Stage 2 – check with the parish office.
- Individual Reconciliation will be considered by appointment.
- Communion-at-Home (sick, frail aged, other family members) can be arranged on a case-by-case basis … contact Fr Karel to discuss.
PARISH WEBSITE – edmontoncatholicparish.org.au
… is a good source of updated information, and provides access to the weekly live stream Mass on Sunday @ 9.30 am … simply go to the Mass/Prayer Live Stream tab https://edmontoncatholicparish.org.au/mass-live-stream/. It is a good way to focus our worship and to keep in touch.
Other live stream services, as well as prayer and family resources, are available at that same tab.
Keep up some regular prayer for the health and welfare of all people and environments across the world, especially for front-line workers and those impacted by the pandemic; as well as for a timely end to the pandemic itself. Importantly, we need to be praying for the dead and their loved ones … may the great company of saints accompany them all.
Parish Pastoral Council
31 May 2020