CONDITIONS OF ENTRY TO ST. LUKE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, WANTIRNA, DURING CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
- Church will open 30 minutes prior to the advertised Mass time.
- Entry to Church foyer is via the right hand side door only.
On entry to the Church:
- Face mask is to be worn correctly at all times.
- Sanitize hands.
- Sign in using the QR code or the signing in sheet.
- Seating capacity is capped at 120 people per Mass, which allows for the 1.5 metre distancing rule to be adhered to. Social distancing rule does not apply to family groups and couples.
- Sanitizing hands prior to receiving Holy Communion is compulsory.
- Please leave the church immediately after the completion of Mass to allow the volunteers to commence Covid cleaning requirements.
- BY ENTERING THE CHURCH PREMISES, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THESE CONDITIONS OF ENTRY, WHICH MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO, FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL PARISHIONERS
- FAILURE TO DO SO, YOU WILL BE REQUESTED TO COMPLY.
- FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN FUTURE DENIAL OF ENTRY.
To ensure a smooth and COVID-safe Mass, attendees are required to follow the guidelines:
Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting test verification, including Clergy (even without presenting symptoms) attend a church or parish setting while awaiting a diagnosis or is confirmed as a positive covid case. Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive, attend Mass.
GENERAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES
These Liturgical Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and the faithful in the reverent and joyful celebration of Holy Mass while maintaining the health and safety precautions offered through health and government authorities.
FACE MASKS and SANITISING
- If anyone does not have a face mask, he/she cannot participate in the Mass.
- All hygiene and distancing regulations must continue to be met at all times.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
- The reader may lower his/her mask for the readings. This applies as well for the Universal Prayer.
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
- The hosts to be consecrated for the faithful should be placed on a separate Paten (or Ciborium) to the Paten holding the host that the priest will consume.
- Required social distancing between communicants is maintained in the queue.
- Wears a mask.
- Sanitises hands at a dispensing station before coming to receive Communion.
- Engages in the dialogue and receives the host in the hand, while wearing the mask.
- Steps several metres to the side, and away from the priest.
- Removes one side of the mask to place the Host in their mouth with the other hand.
- Re-positions the mask.
- Returns to their seat via a different pathway.
Should you choose to EFT your Thanksgiving and First Collection contributions:
First Collection (for the Parish House) - BSB: 083347 Account number: 637461322
Second Collection (for the Church) - BSB: 083347 Account number: 637462683
All other requirements for density, numbers and hygiene may be found in the General Guidelines as listed below.
It is recommended that you keep informed through the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Department of Health and Human Services website for varying updates:
Pastoral Guidance For Parishes Regarding COVID-19
10 November 2020
Online Masses and Other resources
Mass Streamed Live From St. Patrick's Cathedral
Mass For You At Home is broadcast on free to air Network 10 on Sunday mornings at 6:00am and replayed on Foxtel's Aurora channel later in the morning and during the week.
Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary During The Coronavirus Pandemic
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A Prayer To St. Joseph
You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.
You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond
to those in need.
You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.
You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.
You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the
elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these
You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all
history and every situation: help us to grow in faith
and pray to the Father, Thy will be done.
(Compiled by Bishop Peter J. Elliott Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne)
IN THIS CHALLENGING TIME
Lord Jesus Christ, our true physician and healer,
be merciful to us and bring us your aid in these troubled times.
Heal all our sickness and every affliction of your people.
Drive out our infirmities of soul and body; free us from all disease and especially from this pestilence.
We place in your gentle Heart the elderly, the frail, people with disability, children, young people and families,
our indigenous peoples, those who are poor, lonely and isolated.
As you walk with us, free them from fear, and give them patience and hope together with our loving care.
In your mercy deal also with the causes of our pitiful condition, that in curing our lack of faith and spiritual weakness,
you may also remedy our bodily ills.
We place our trust in you, the risen Lord, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
(The simple and loving act of Spiritual Communion (written by St. Alphonsus Liguori) can be made when we are unable
to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist.)
I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You;
never permit me to be separated from You.