ALL MASSES CANCELED
Important announcement by Parish Priest
The last time the Parish Priest consulted the Parish Pastoral Council, together with parishioners in general, he sought advice regarding the prospect of adding another Mass to the Sunday schedule at 12 Noon because the number of people coming back to Mass was increasing; however, that occasion was prior to the local outbreak that has resulted in Fairfield now being a significant hotspot. Consequently, the Parish Priest received a phone call from the Liturgy Coordinator who informed him that finding volunteers to help with the roles required according to the Parish’s Safety Plan has been difficult. This difficultly is attributed to the concerns of the faithful who do not want to put themselves and other parishioners at risk.
So, after consulting the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Priest has decided to close the church temporarily until the local outbreak subsides. This decision is a responsible one, for in addition to considering the concerns of parishioners, it consists of a significant means of reducing the likelihood of the outbreak from spreading in our local area. Given that the Coronavirus has been spreading in the vast majority of the neighbouring churches as noted in the media, an outbreak in our church is only a matter of time until Fairfield is no longer a hotspot.
In response to these considerations, please note that the church will be closed commencing on Monday 27 July for a period of two weeks. Every member of the Parish Pastoral Council agrees with this decision. The church will re-open for the Vigil Mass of the Assumption at 7:00 pm on Friday 14 August. Sunday Masses will resume on the weekend of 15/16 August.
During this two-week period, Mass will be live-streamed every day at 7:00 am.
Please also note that the Sacramental Programs for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are suspended until further notice.
Even when the church is closed, the following activities will continue:
- Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place as Drive-Through Confession at 7:00 pm every day, except Monday and Wednesday. If this time does not suit you, you can phone to Parish Office to make an appointment to receive this sacrament;
- Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals can still take place within the limited number in the assembly permitted;
- rooms in the Parish’s facilities can still be made according to the relevant restrictions.
As anything could change, you would do well to check the Parish’s website and Facebook page before the church re-opens. If the church does re-open in two weeks’ time, you may be required to wear a face-mask in order to enter the church.
Very Rev Fr Michael de Stoop
Drive Through Confession is still available
See video below.