The federal government’s announcement of a restriction on indoor gatherings to less than a hundred people and the Uniting Church’s decision to close their Murrumbateman site has necessitated some changes in weekend Mass arrangements for Yass and Gunning parishes effective immediately.
The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has issued updated guidance regarding Archdiocesan Protocols for COVID-19 – read them here In summary, Sunday obligation is suspended at this time but Masses will continue subject to the government restrictions.
See our sacraments web page for revised Mass times. The new 10.15am Sunday Mass at Yass is primarily designed for Murrumbateman residents. Dalton residents who usually attend Mass at Gunning are also asked to attend this service.
The preparation for all sacraments is also postponed until further notice. Therefore, the meeting scheduled for next Thursday 26 March and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday 1 April will not proceed.
The Archdiocese has recommended that, for health reasons, parishioners who have reached 75 years of age should not attend Mass.
To reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19 please also follow closely the following important hygiene guidance. Do not attend Mass if:
- you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath; OR
- you have returned from overseas in the last 14 days or anyone in your immediate household has; OR
- you have had contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has been confirmed with COVID-19.
While at Mass keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other parishioners and do not make physical contact such as handshakes – this includes during the Sign of Peace.
If you are unable to attend Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic there are some good online resources that you can access including lived-streamed Masses. The Archdiocese has produced a useful summary which you can read here.
It will be essential to stay in touch during these difficult times and the best way of doing this in St Augustine’s Parish, is to subscribe to our email bulletin – click on this link to subscribe.