Parish Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

FAQs for parishioners and visitors on COVID-19

 

Question:

Should I go to Mass if I am unwell?

 

Answer:

You should not attend Mass in person under any circumstances if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Symptoms include fever, cough, a sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.

 

If you have symptoms, get tested at a COVID-19 clinic before going to Mass and do not attend Mass again until you have received your test results that show you tested negative for the virus.

 

Question:

NSW Health has confirmed there has been a case of COVID-19 at my parish church. What should I do?

 

Answer:

NSW Health will advise when the person(s) who have tested positive for COVID-19 attended the church.

If you attended the church at the times confirmed by NSW Health, you MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE MASS OR SERVICE, AND UNDERTAKE A COVID-19 TEST REGARDLESS OF YOUR SYMPTOMS. 

You must SELF-ISOLATE for 14 days, even if the test is negative.

If symptoms develop, you MUST ENSURE THAT YOU GET TESTED AGAIN!

Question:

Where can I get tested?

 

Answer:

Within the parish vicinity, you get get tested at the following locations:

  • Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital

    • Allied Health Outpatient Building, Eldridge Road, Bankstown, NSW 2200​

    • 8am-6pm, 7 days

  • Cabramatta Drive-through Clinic​

    • Fisher Street Carpark, 8 Fisher Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2116​

    • 8am-7pm, Monday-Friday

  • Roselands Drive-through Clinic​

    • Roselands Shopping Centre open air car park, Roseland Avenue, Roselands, NSW 2196​

    • 10am-4pm, 7 days

  • For more testing sites, please visit:

 

Question:

I did not attend Mass at the times advised by NSW Health, but a family member of mine did.  Do I also need to self-isolate?

 

Answer:

The person in your family who attended the Mass needs to self-isolate and undertake testing for COVID-19 IMMEDIATELY. 

You should monitor for symptoms and only need to self-isolate and get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Question:

I have contracted COVID-19 and wish to receive holy communion. What should I do?

 

Answer:

You should contact your parish priest and arrangements will be made to ensure that you can continue to receive holy communion at home or in hospital.

 

Question:

If my church is closed due to a COVID-19 case, can I attend another church for Mass instead?

 

Answer:

If you attended the parish at the times advised by NSW Health, you must not attend another church under these circumstances.

 

You must self-isolate for 14 days and undertake a COVID-19 test. If at the end of the 14 day incubation period, your test is negative, then you may attend Mass again.

 

If you were not in the Church at the times advised by NSW Health, then you may attend Mass at another church provided you are not unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

 

Question:

What precautions should I be taking at Mass to protect myself and others during this pandemic?

 

Answer:     

Make sure your contact details are recorded by the parish, either by registering before the Mass online or at the door before you enter the church, to assist with contact tracing.

 

All church-goers must observe a four square metre rule apart from when you are sitting with fellow members of your own household.

 

You must only sit in the church pews which have not been cordoned off at this time.

 

Question:

Can I sing at Mass?

 

Answer:

Congregational singing is not allowed at this time, based on health advice that singing poses a greater risk of transmitting COVID-19 than normal speech.

 

If you are a cantor or a member of your parish choir, you must be spaced at least 1.5 metres from each other and at least 4 metres away from the congregation.

 

Question:

What precautions should I take at Holy Communion?

 

Answer:

During Holy Communion, you must observe social distancing rules and ensure there is at least 1.5 metres between yourself and the person in front of you in the communion line.

 

You are advised to receive holy communion on the hand at this time.

 

Question:

Can I meet with fellow parishioners after Mass?

 

Answer:

You must not mingle before, during or after Mass since social distancing rules cannot be easily observed and this then poses a greater risk of transmitting COVID-19.

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