Suspension of public Masses
On 18 March 2020, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, announced new measures and restrictions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) including limiting the numbers of people at non-essential indoor gatherings and outdoor events. Following this, the Bishops of the Province of Victoria determined the following actions: immediate suspension of public liturgies, celebrations of the Mass, and all other gatherings until further notice.
Consequently, there will be no Masses celebrated at St Ignatius' Church or St James' Church until further notice. When Masses are able to resume, a notice will be published on our church noticeboards and on this website.
On 22 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced the closure of a number of venues, including places of worship, effective from midday on Monday 23 March 2020. This means that, until further notice:
- St James' Church will be closed.
- St Ignatius' Church will only be open for individual private prayer on Monday 23 March 2020 from 9:00am until prior to 12:00 noon after which the church will be closed.
The Parish Office will remain open (see footer of this page for our office hours). If you wish to clarify any concerns, please contact the Parish Office.
Televised / Online Masses
While all Catholics in Victoria are dispensed from their Sunday obligation until further notice (canon 1248), 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:
- Mass For You At Home
- Mass on Demand
- Melbourne Catholic’s Mass Livestream
- Daily Mass with Word on Fire