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CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I attend Mass?

Public masses across greater Sydney, including the whole metropolitan area, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong areas have been suspended at this time.

Churches will be closed to the public until the Monday after NSW passes the 80 percent target of residents having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Parishes may continue live-streaming Masses at this time. You’ll find a list of parishes with live-streamed Masses in the Archdiocese of Sydney here

 

Is singing or music permitted in livestreamed Masses during the current lockdown?

Two singers are permitted to sing in a Mass at this time and they must maintain a distance of 1.5 square metres from each other. They do not need to wear a mask while singing, but should at other times during the Mass.

However, the singers must be in a separate section of the church, well away from other people in the church.

 

Will singing be permitted when churches reopen?

The NSW Government has announced that no congregational singing will be permitted when churches reopen after NSW passes the 80 percent target of residents having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. When churches do reopen, 10 vaccinated cantors will be allowed.

 

How can I meet my Sunday Mass obligation while churches are closed?

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?

Funerals may be held with attendance limited to 100 people, providing all attendees are vaccinated.

This number excluding the priest and funeral company representatives.

If some of those attending the funeral are not vaccinated, then the attendance must be limited to 10 people, excluding the priest and funeral company representatives.

 

Can weddings be held?

Weddings are permitted, with attendance limited to 100 people, providing all attendees are vaccinated.

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

If some of those attending the wedding are not vaccinated, then the attendance must be limited to 5 people, excluding the priest celebrating the wedding, two witnesses and a camera operator recording the ceremony.

 

Are baptisms permitted?

Baptisms are not permitted at this time in Greater Sydney, except in the case of an emergency.

 

Is the anointing of the sick permitted?

The anointing of the sick is permitted in Greater Sydney, but only in the case of an emergency.

 

Are readers and altar servers allowed to attend Livestreamed Masses?

Lay Ministers must be kept to a minimum (e.g. one reader and one or two servers), and be well spaced out on the sanctuary.

 

Are members of the congregation allowed at Livestreamed Masses?

There should be no congregation apart from those necessary for the celebration of the Mass, including a maximum of two singers, one reader and one or two altar servers.