Suspension of public Masses: metropolitan Melbourne
As regional Victoria begins easing out of some of their COVID-19 restrictions, metropolitan Melbourne moves to First Step restrictions from 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September 2020. Under these restrictions, all public Masses and private prayer times in our parish continue to be suspended until further notice. Additional restrictions also apply to baptisms and funerals, and weddings cannot occur, except on compassionate grounds.
The Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, has expressed his ongoing closeness in prayer and concern for the people and clergy of the Archdiocese:
The deprivation in sacramental life has been a profound loss for our people. As well as all the other sufferings of the Pandemic, the sense of estrangement from the Eucharist has been a particular struggle for Catholics. The Mass is our primary means of gathering together in faith; it is the source and summit of our Christian life, and its life-giving nourishment and healing is dearly missed.
In the midst of this loss, I am grateful to our Priests and Deacons for continuing to serve the faithful, for sharing a sacramental ministry even under strict conditions, and for being alongside our people and their loved ones in times of death and grief. Thank you for your faithfulness.
Archbishop Comensoli has been directly engaging with the Victorian Government, advocating on our behalf so that our churches can gradually reopen and our faith communities celebrate the Eucharist and other Sacraments in compliance with health and safety measures, just as other sectors in our state begin to reopen. You can learn more about the way ahead in his 16 September 2020 letter to the People and Clergy of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
We will post an update on this website and our Facebook page when St Ignatius' Church and St James' Church are able to be opened again for Masses and private prayer times. Our priests will continue to celebrate Mass privately and pray for you. Please pray for them and for one another, especially during this time.
If you wish to clarify any concerns, please contact the Parish Office
Televised / Online Masses
You are encouraged to continue active participation in the life of the Church through activities such as time in personal and family prayer, reflecting on the Scriptures, making a spiritual communion, or participating in a televised or online Mass - please see The Church is here for links and resources.
- Pastoral Guidance for Parishes Regarding COVID-19:
- General Guidelines Update includes additional restrictions on baptisms, weddings and funerals
- Letter from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
- Frequently Asked Questions for our metropolitan Melbourne parishes
- Religion and ceremony: Metropolitan Melbourne First Step
- Victoria's restriction levels
- How to stay safe and well
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home Safety Plan