Last updated 24 November, 12pm

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.

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 on 22 November, 2020. Information is now to be understood as Statewide and we are in “Last Step.”

The restrictions in place are compulsory as issued under lawful direction of the Chief Health Officer of Victoria. Face coverings/masks must be worn indoors for everyone over 12 years of age, unless there is a medical exemption. Face coverings are not mandatory outdoors, but must be worn if required distancing cannot be maintained.

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.


Please contact the COVID Hotline:
Phone: (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.