IMPORTANT NEW UPDATE to PARISHIONERS – 17.11.2020
(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 5 commenced 17 November.
The relaxation of further restrictions will depend on how the pandemic situation changes over time, and, as important, how successfully we comply with hygiene, social distancing and other directives and requirements.
For places of worship and religious ceremonies, under a COVIDSafe Plan, as many participants can be present in a church given appropriate social distancing measures and seating @ 2 square metres per person.
For Funerals and Marriages – a maximum of 200 participants can be in attendance given appropriate social distancing measures and seating @ 2 square metres per person.
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. Registration can be undertaken on arrival at the church. If you have never attended our church, it would be best to arrive a little earlier to facilitate attendance recording in a timely manner. This is especially necessary for CHRISTMAS 2020.
What does it mean for our parish? Safe – Cautious – Appropriate
All Masses and prayer gatherings continue as under Stage 3 (see Worship Times on this web site), but with increased attendance permitted (as noted above).
People visiting the church for other than Mass or Prayer, are also asked to enter their details on the appropriate Attendance form.
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