Update on health measures at St Mary’s
You will be aware that the Commonwealth heads of government have accepted the advice of the Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy that all gatherings of more than 500 people be suspended. The heads of government have taken this precaution to safeguard the health of the Australian public.
The Archdiocese has, therefore, taken the decision to suspend Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses at St Mary’s Cathedral the weekend of 21/22 March. We shall be exploring ways we can stay within the government-set limits and still celebrate here. Please call the Cathedral number and choose the Mass times options for updates or check the Cathedral web site to see when weekend Masses will recommence. Weekday Masses will be celebrated as normal and the Cathedral will remain open for private prayer.
As good citizens concerned for everyone who comes to St Mary’s and for the wider community, we must respect medical and public-health advice. This is not a decision that is being taken lightly and we know it will cause distress. This Cathedral and its Sunday Masses are dear to many people.
Churches with a capacity below 500 will still be able to have the celebration of Mass. You may wish take a look at other parishes around your home.
- Parishioners who feel unwell should not attend Mass, and are excused from their normal obligation.
- Parishioners who feel they may be at risk of infection if they go to Mass should refrain from attending Mass and are excused from their normal obligation.
- Where Masses are suspended, the normal Sunday obligation does not apply unless people are easily able to attend a parish where Mass is celebrated.
Please pray for all those who are sick, for medical and public health personnel. Take measures recommended by the health department to look after yourself; reliable information can be found on the WA department of health web site.
I want to assure you that this Cathedral will always be your home and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.The Cathedral priests will always continue to be available to respond your pastoral-care needs.
Fr Sean Fernandez