Last updated 13 January, 5pm

In response to the latest directives announced by Government as part of its Roadmap for the reopening of the State of Victoria, the following is operational from 11.59pm Sunday 6 December 2020, with additional updates brought in from 5.00pm 31 December 2020 regarding face coverings and the number of people allowed at home social gatherings. Information is now to be understood as Statewide and we are in a“COVIDSafe Summer” phase.

You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. This includes places of worship and indoor workplaces. You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home and it is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people in outdoor settings.

Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting a COVID-19 test verification, including Clergy (even without presenting symptoms), attend a church or parish setting until a diagnosis is confirmed. Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive.

The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions?

Please email covid-19@cam.org.au or phone the COVID hotline (03) 9926 2469.

A Prayer to St Joseph, the Great Protector

You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.

You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need.

You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.

You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.

You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days.

You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father, Thy will be done.
Amen