As long as our numbers are restricted we have the challenge of how to get people back to mass in the most fair and equitable way. In our parish we have decided that at the current level of 25 people, we will can manage this best on a waiting list and invitation basis.
Back to Church
- Parish Guidelines
- Waiting List & Invitations
- What can I do?
- Prayer Times
We have tried to make our process simple, kind and personal and also sensitive to the spiritual and emotional needs of each person.
It is a 2 step process:
Step 1: Sign up to the Waiting List
If you wish to go to Mass, please let us know so we can add you to the Waiting List.
Many people have already signed up for Mass. If you have signed up, no additional action is necessary. We will (or have been) be in touch with you.
You can sign up in a number of different ways:
(1) Contact the Parish Office (email or call)
(2) Sign up Online – click below and complete sign up form
When you sign up please let us know your preferences:
What Masses would you like to attend (Saturday at 9:00 am / Sunday at 9:00 am / Wednesday at 8:00 am)?
How many people in your group/family?
Once on the Waiting list the Parish Office will ensure that people are allocated to their preferred Masses.
GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING MASS
Within the Guidelines of Archdiocese we have formulated the below principles for inviting people to Mass. These principles are there to help people decide for themselves whether it is wise to attend Mass, or whether it would be more prudent to wait.
People who are more vulnerable to this virus – over the age of 60 and/or people with health risk factors, comorbidities or are immuno-compromised, or those living with people in these categories – are encouraged to stay at home at this stage and participate in our online Masses and services. If anyone is unsure if it is safe to attend, please talk with your doctor.
People over 80 are even more strongly encouraged not to attend mass at this stage. Age is a factor but it is not the only or even the most important determinant. A combination of factors is important and each individual has different circumstances.
Therefore people should discern their own personal situations given this advice and are responsible for making their own decisions. The decision should not be taken lightly and should take into consideration (1) your own safety, (2) the safety of your family, and (3) the safety of others.
We also need to abide by the guidelines of the Archdiocese. As a responsible citizen, the Church must contribute positively to the solving and fighting of this virus for all people, and we must sincerely do everything we can to avoid any spread of the virus resulting from people attending Mass. As we go to level 1 too, and open up the economy more, we must heed the lessons of other countries who have experienced a second peak. This simply calls us to be cautious and to intelligently observe the protocols that we know to be effective, especially (1) masks (2) sanitise and wash hands (3) social distance.
Step 2: Invitation to Mass: Book a ticket / complete screening form online
When you have been allocated to a Mass, you will receive an INVITATION to that specific Mass via email. If you do not have email or would prefer to receive it in another way, please let us know and we will gladly accommodate your request.
It feels extremely odd to ‘invite’ people to Mass, but the under the current circumstances with our numbers restricted, it is understandably necessary.
SCREENING FORM AND TICKET BOOKING SYSTEM
When you receive your invitation to Mass, you are asked to BOOK A TICKET in the ticket booking system (Eventbrite) that we use.
Why do we do this? The ticket booking systems helps us in three important ways.
It helps us manage the restricted number of people at each Mass. Now it is 25, but it will grow to 50 and beyond that. As long as numbers are restricted, we need a way of managing this.
SCREENING FORM ONLINE
Within the booking process you are asked to complete a screening form. This is the required questionnaire that determines whether it is safe and wise for you to come to mass. It is also very important for our record-keeping in case we need trace contacts.
SAFE AND EFFICIENT
An electronic process is efficient and safe. It saves time, eliminates the use of paper and reduces touch points for when people arrive at church. The most risky places at any gathering are proven to be at the entrance and exit.