Information 26 November 2022 11.59pm

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 as we continue to meet the challenges of an ever-changing COVID-19 environment.

These guidelines are in accordance with the announcement by the Victorian Government to lift the pandemic declaration as of 11.59pm Wednesday 12 October 2022.

As of the 1st Sunday of Advent, 27 November 2022, the general dispensation from our Sunday and Holy Day obligations is lifted for all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. As always, the ordinary individual exemptions remain in place (e.g. for reasons of ill health, family care of the vulnerable etc.).

We welcome the opening up of our places of worship and opportunities for gathering but remain mindful and respectful that many in our community remain feeling cautious. The guidelines encourage the continued use of good gathering practice that supports the care of our people.