Masses will continue as usual this weekend in the church
and the car park

Our priests want to reassure you that they will continue to provide Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Communion and other pastoral care (unless they are themselves at risk of transmitting the virus) to those who are seriously ill, including any who might have contracted COVID-19. If you are ill, please contact the priests (Wed-Fri Day: 9533 2594; all other days and all nights: 9580 1310; in an EMERGENCY: 9580 1310).

Some people have already decided to stop attending; others may be so inclined as the virus spreads; and some would argue that our frail elderly parishioners, at least, should stay home. it is important for our people to know that in the current situation the Archbishop is granting to all Catholics in Sydney a dispensation from the usual obligation to participate in Sunday Mass. In his Directives the Archbishop has proposed some alternatives ways by which they might keep Holy the Lord’s Day.

Parish Office:

Office hours will remain the same for now (9am-5pm Wednesday to Friday). Parishioners are discouraged from coming in to the Parish Office unless absolutely necessary. Please make contact with Clarissa via telephone (02 9533 2594) or via email (olfpeak@bigpond.com).

What will be happening in the Parish:

  • Weekday and weekend Masses will continue. These will be held in the church and car park.

    • Attendance will be limited to 100 persons in the church.

    • Attendees are encouraged to spread out around the church (‘physical distancing’). Families and people living together may sit together

    • Yellow post-it stickers will mark where individuals can sit in the church. Please adhere to this aid for physical distancing, which is based on the most recent guidelines.

  • Reconciliation: Saturday 4:30pm

  • Adoration will be available at 7:30-8:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays during Lent

  • Anointing of the Sick and Last Rites
    Please contact the priests (Wed-Fri Day: 9533 2594; all other days and all nights: 9580 1310; in an EMERGENCY: 9580 1310)
    Only priests will be visiting the sick.

  • Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals will be celebrated but restricted to immediate family. Baptisms and Weddings may be postponed to a time when more family and friends can gather.

If you know of an elderly, house-bound or infirm regular parishioner who does not have a support network please advise Clarissa in the Parish Office.

What we are suspending until further notice:

  • Lenten Program

  • Lenten Reconciliation Liturgy on 2 April
    Individual confession will be available from 7pm

  • Choir practices

  • Sacramental Program (postponed until September but please check our bulletin and website regularly for any updates)

  • Scripture classes (cancelled indefinitely by the Department of Education)

  • Alpha

  • Youth activities

  • Children’s Liturgy at the Sunday 9:15am Mass

  • Catholic Women's League

  • Friendship Group

  • OneMeal onsite dinner and social interaction at Riverwood.
    This has been replaced by a takeaway service.

  • All Ministry meetings need to happen online or by email contact

Parishioners are advised to take individual responsibility for their own well-being by following the advertised precautions: wash hands with soap and water often throughout the day, wear gloves at church (if you wish), comply with social distancing procedures, avoid touching your face and hard surfaces where possible.

Parishioners are also advised to refrain as much as possible from touching any surfaces if they can, such as doors, door handles, etc.  On opening the church, acolytes will be asked to push fully open all internal doors.

Parishioners attending Mass are advised to take home a copy of the bulletin, which will detail what is happening in the Parish.


If you want to be updated, please send us an email via the Contact Form.

For those who are ill:

Please stay home if you are unwell or have travelled overseas in the past fourteen days.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply if you are sick. You can watch the Mass that is broadcast from St Mary’s Cathedral on YouTube (click here).   You can also pray in other ways, including making a spiritual communion.

In this time of uncertainty and confusion, we pray that we may continue to be able to share the Good News of our faith.  Please join us in prayer for all those people around the world who are suffering at this time.  May our faith sustain us and those around us!

May God bless you and your family.

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