Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I attend Mass?

Public Masses resumed across the Archdiocese of Sydney on Monday 18 October.

From Monday 8 November, a two- square metre rule applies, except for members of the same household and face masks are still mandatory as well as registering your attendance.

 

Is singing or music permitted at Mass?

The NSW Government has announced that fully vaccinated members of the congregation are permitted to sing, but masks must still be worn.

 

How can I meet my Sunday Mass obligation if I can’t attend Mass at this time?

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has asked that if you are unable to attend Mass physically at this time, to keep Sunday holy, by for instance, watching and prayerfully joining in a livestreamed (or a recorded) Mass of that Sunday, or at least reading the readings set down for that Sunday and/or engaging in another act of prayer.

 

What if a loved one dies? Can I still have a funeral Mass?

From 8 November, funerals may be held with attendance unlimited, providing the two square metre rule is observed and all attendees have been fully vaccinated.

If some of the attendees are not fully vaccinated, then only up to 10 people may attend.

This number excludes the priest and funeral company representatives.

 

Can weddings be held?

From 8 November, weddings may be held with attendance unlimited, providing the two square metre rule is observed and all attendees have been fully vaccinated.

If some of the attendees are not fully vaccinated, then only up to 5 people may attend.

Not counted in this figure is the couple getting married, the priest celebrating the wedding, two witnesses and a camera operator recording the ceremony.

 

Are baptisms permitted?

Baptisms have resumed across the Archdiocese of Sydney

From Monday 8 November, a two square metre rule applies, except for members of the same household.

 

Are first holy communions and confirmations permitted?

First holy communions and confirmations may now resume.

A two-square metre rule applies, except for members of the same household.

 

Is the anointing of the sick permitted?

The anointing of the sick is permitted in Greater Sydney.

 

Can other parish activities be held at this time?

If the activity is related to worship, then the only restriction is the density limit (1 person per 2 square metres). This means activities such as Rosary/Prayer Group, Legion of Mary, or Christmas Carols Liturgy can go ahead. The Parish Youth Group participating in Eucharistic Adoration would also fall under this category.