Time to reopen our churches - Update
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 08 July 2020, places of worship will be closed in restricted postcodes except to hold weddings and funerals in compliance with additional restrictions. As Richmond Catholic Parish is within one of the restricted postcodes, our churches will be temporarily closed for public Masses and private prayer times for 6 weeks or until further notice. See Suspension of public Masses for further details.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 31 May 2020, the Victorian Government further eased some of the statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions which have enabled small gatherings in places of worship. The Catholic Bishops of Victoria have determined that churches in Victoria may be opened in certain pre-arranged circumstances and in compliance with distancing rules and hygiene measures to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.
Richmond Catholic Parish is beginning the gradual reopening of its church buildings with Mass and you are warmly invited to join us.
Under the current government regulations, the number of participants is strictly limited and is in addition to the person(s) reasonably required to conduct the Mass/service. To enable our parish to comply with government and Archdiocese of Melbourne directives, we require that people register their participation:
Where and when
St James' Church
- 11:00am Sunday - contact the Parish Office to register
St Ignatius' Church
- 12 noon Monday to Friday - contact the Parish Office to register
- 6:00pm Saturday - contact the Parish Office to register
- 9:30am Sunday - contact the Parish Office to register
Should you unfortunately miss out on registering your attendance, see The Church is here for links to Masses in English, Polish and Vietnamese that are being livestreamed, broadcast on TV or recorded to watch later.
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From Monday 25 May 2020, St Ignatius' Church will be open for private prayer between 11:00am and 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday.
Please note that the number of people permitted within the church at any one time is strictly limited and is in addition to the person(s) reasonably required to monitor the space. Contact details must be taken as per regulations if visits extend beyond 15 minutes. Distancing and hygiene measures are to be observed at all times.
We trust that you will understand the reasons for these arrangements which are subject to change, pending the review of restrictions by government and health authorities.
Wherever we may be in our celebration of the Eucharist and in daily life, always remember that God accompanies us as we persevere and support each other through these greatly challenging times.