IMPORTANT NEW UPDATE to PARISHIONERS – 1 April 2021
(Please get word out to people who do not have email access.)
Restrictions for Queensland
From 12pm (midday) AEST Thursday 1 April 2021 to Thursday 15 April 2021, restrictions will ease in greater Brisbane. All of Queensland will be subject to the same restrictions:
- you must carry a face mask at all times and wear indoors, unless you have a lawful reason not to
- gatherings in private residences (homes and accommodation) are limited to 30 persons in total
- you can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them
- visitors to aged care facilities, disability accommodation services, hospitals and correctional facilities are restricted across the state
- Retail food services, entertainment venues and high risk businesses must only open for seated eating and drinking (inside), standing to eat and drink as well as dancing (outside), takeaway and delivery. Remember to always check in when visiting a venue. Find out more about providing, collecting and storing contact information.
Masks for Queensland
- You must wear a mask in indoor spaces.
- It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.
- Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, if you have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.
- You can remove your mask to consume food or drink.
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 wearing a mask.
For Funerals and Marriages – a maximum of 200 participants can be in attendance given appropriate social distancing measures
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 EASTER 2021
What does it mean for our parish? Safe – Cautious – Appropriate Vera Skinner, John Fitzgerald (Parish team) 1 April 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact UPDATE (May 2020)
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