Mass Suspensions and the issuing of Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

20 March 2020 | General Interest

Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted Thursday 19 March
On this Feast Day of St Joseph, Archbishop Comensoli has written to all the faithful of Melbourne to assure them of his ongoing support and prayers during this time of uncertainty. In these days of increased awareness of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Archbishop implored the community of faithful to be patient, prayerful and resilient. "While public celebrations of Mass are suspended, our common work for the Gospel does not cease. In fact, this is a time for us all to re-engage in our mission to share Christ, in thoughtful and appropriate ways, with those in most need."

READ: Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (from 19 March until further notice)


Suspension of Public Masses: Effective 18 March 2020

Posted Thursday 18 March
The Bishops of Victoria have written an update regarding COVID-19. Of note is the immediate suspension of public Masses. This will be a difficult moment, and every encouragement is offered as clergy and parish staff seek to explain sensitively to our people the reasons why Mass will not be offered as a public celebration. 

READ: Letter from the Bishops of Victoria (18 March 2020)

Individuals can be encouraged to space out in their place of worship and offer private prayer. Resources are available (see below) to assist including online prayer and streaming of Mass online.

Liturgy of the Word at home (Lent, W4)

"Into the Deep" Lenten weekly reflections and podcast

Now what? Online Mass and other resources

Prayers to assist us during this time

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