09 Sep 2021

Changes to COVID directions, weddings and funerals

from 12.01am Thursday September 9

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As from 12:01am Thursday, September 9 2021, according to SA Police Communications the following changes have been made to the Activities Associated Direction. 

  1. The number of people that you can have at a Private Activity (at a non-licensed premise) has increased from 50 people to 150 people provided density requirements are met.
  2. However, if more than 50 people are present, you must have a COVID Marshal who is independent and not impaired by alcohol or drugs. There must be an approved contract tracing system and records (COVID Safe check-in).
  3. If there are over 50 people present you cannot dance. If people are singing, they must wear a mask.
  4. Other existing requirements remain.
  5. All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations
  6. If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19
10 Aug 2021

Update on COVID new restrictions in SA

from Thursday August 12 and update August 27

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New restrictions will come into effect at 12.01am Thursday August 12:

  1. Places of Worship are restricted to 3 people per 4 square metres. The wearing of masks is still mandatory.
  2. Funeral and weddings continue to be restricted to 50 people provided density requirements are met.
  3. Wearing of masks in parish offices is strongly recommended.
  4. From the Emergency Management Direction 2021 (updated 27th August 2021): ‘Attendees at indoor religious services may sing during worship and members of choirs or chorus groups may perform or rehearse indoors, if they wear masks while doing so.’
02 Aug 2021

Update on COVID restrictions in SA

from Thursday August 5

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New COVID-19 restrictions will come into effect in South Australia at 12.01am Thursday August 5 2021.

The restrictions for places of worship are:

  1. Places of Worship are restricted to 1 person per 2 square metres.
  2. The wearing of masks is still mandatory.
  3. Funeral and weddings continue to be restricted to 50 people provided density requirements are met.
  4. Choirs and congregational singing: are not permitted. A single singer is permitted.
27 Jul 2021

Update on COVID restrictions in SA

from Wednesday July 28

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The following COVID-19 restrictions will come into effect at 12.01am Wednesday, 28th July 2021 in South Australia. These restrictions are expected to be in place for seven days.
 
They are:

  1. Places of Worship are restricted to 1 person per 4 square metres.
  2. The wearing of masks is mandatory for indoors places. (Celebrants exempt)
  3. Funeral and weddings are restricted to 50 people provided density requirements are met.
  4. Wearing of masks in parish offices is strongly recommended.
  5. Choirs and Congregational Singing are not permitted. A single singer is permitted.
  6. Recommendation from Archdiocesan Office that tea/coffee after Mass be suspended for the following 7 days.

Further to this we ask that you please contact our office if there needs to be a change of plan in relation to any upcoming Confirmation ceremony. We suggest where possible they go ahead within the current restrictions.

If you would like further assistance please contact Deb Nation and her team at Catholic Health Safety and Welfare on 08 8215 6850.

21 Jul 2021

Update on live streaming

Clarification being sought

Further to the advice provided this morning regarding the State-wide lock down, we have now received the list of Essential Workers issued by SAPOL in relation to the current restrictions. The list of essential (authorised) workers includes Faith Leaders broadcasting services or ceremonies at Places of Worship. Any live streaming of services would need to be done without assistance from other people.

At present the Leaders of Christian Churches of South Australia (LoCCSA) is seeking further clarification if Faith Leaders can have assistance from a camera operator or sound person. An update will be provided once we have further information.

20 Jul 2021

COVID-19 SA lock down

Information for parishes

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With the Premier announcing a hard lock down from 6pm tonight (July 20), churches will be closed as of 6pm and there will be no live streaming permitted due to the restriction on all work except essential services.

This means parishes must also close their offices and no ceremonies are to take place including any Masses, weddings, funerals and confirmations until further notice.

It is envisaged, at this stage, that the lock down will be for a period of 7 days.

If you would like further assistance please contact Deb Nation and her team at Catholic Health Safety and Welfare on 08 8215 6850.

Importantly, please take care of yourself, your employees and reach out to members of your community. You may wish to encourage the many online forums in particular:

  • Mass for You at Home – the official website of Mass For You At Home, Australia online
  • Channel 10 every Sunday at 6am.
19 Jul 2021

Lock down announced

Churches to close

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Following Premier Steven Marshall's announcement this morning that there will be a State-wide lock down from 6pm tonight, all Catholic churches in SA will be closed.

16 Jul 2021

Update on COVID-19 restrictions

Effective from July 16

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan would like to communicate the new restrictions that came into effect at 12.01am Friday, 16th July 2021 regarding COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia.

The current restrictions are:

1. Places of Worship are restricted to one person per 2 square metres however, Places of Worship can extend to 3 people per 4 squares metres provided masks are worn. Social distancing principles apply. Every person should attempt to stay at least 1.5 metres from other members of the public this also applies to weddings and funerals.

2. Congregational Singing: a reminder that small choirs up to 5 members are allowed and that there is no congregational singing. Members of choirs should be spaced more than 1.5 metres apart. If you would like further assistance please contact Deb Nation and her team at Catholic Health Safety and Welfare on 08 8215 6850.

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29 Jun 2021

Re: Update to COVID 19 and Restrictions in South Australia

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I wish to communicate the following information to you regarding changes announced which have taken effect from today, Tuesday, 29th June 2021 at 12.01am and it has been indicated that these changes will last for 7 days. After 7 days, or before, they will be reviewed.

1.    Density and Capacity Requirements:

a)    The density requirement has changed to 1 person per 2 sqm.  You will receive a new COVID Safe Plan via email from the Government.
b)    Weddings and funerals are capped at 150 people (provided density requirement is met).

2.    Masks

As we are moving to a new density requirement, which allows more space per person, masks are not required.

3.    Congregational Singing

The Premier also announced yesterday that singing is not permitted unless it is a “performance, an education establishment or a private lesson”. In these circumstances I am suggesting the return to very small choirs and no congregational singing. Members of choirs should be spaced more than 1.5 metres apart.

 20210629 005 L POR Update to COVID19 .pdf

31 Mar 2021

RE: Update from South Australian Police (SAPOL): increase of capacity for churches

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Grace and peace, I hope that this note finds you well. 

I wish to communicate the following information to you regarding changes announced which have taken effect from today, Wednesday 31st March at 12:01am.

The full details for the direction can be found at: Public activities | SA.GOV.AU: COVID-19 (covid-19.sa.gov.au).

I draw your attention to the following points:

  1. Where worshippers are in fixed seating the requirement is that worshippers wear masks when more than 75% of the seats are occupied.
  2. Where worshippers are not in fixed seating the requirements is that worshippers wear masks if the total number of persons present at the place exceeds 3 person per 4 square metres.
  3. A mask is not required to be worn in the circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication i.e. those celebrating mass and choirs.
  4. An attendee under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask neither is a person with a relevant medical condition (evidence must be produced on request).

 20210331 001 L POR COVID Update.pdf
 COVID-19 Capacity Requirements Diagram.pdf

31 Mar 2021

Joy of Easter returns for faithful

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The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Patrick O’Regan, has welcomed with “great joy” the opportunity for large numbers of people to attend Easter services.

The Archdiocese received confirmation today that 100 per cent capacity will be allowed in places of worship with fixed seating (pews), provided masks are worn. If the number of attendees is 75 per cent of capacity or less, masks are not required.

 MR - Easter 2021.docx.pdf

26 Mar 2021

Places of worship - clarification of announcement

Messages from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

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Message:  March 24 – You may be aware that the South Australian Government has recently announced increases in capacity for Places of Worship. We are working to clarify specific information in relation to this announcement and further information will be provided shortly.

Message: March 25 – I have been in contact with SA Health and the COVID Information hotline regarding capacity requirements in Places of Worship. An indication has be given that specific detail around this will not be available until Monday, 29th March 2021. I thank you for your patience.

+ Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

05 Mar 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination update

Information from SA Health

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Phase 1a vaccination rollout continues  |  A few highlights from this week:

  • More than 2,500 doses have been provided to medi-hotel and airport staff, including frontline healthcare workers in testing clinics and Emergency Departments.
  • The first 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in South Australia.
  • 4,000 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in South Australia soon.
  • South Australia’s third ultra-low temperature freezer arrived at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) opened.
  • The first regional sites for the COVID-19 vaccination program have received essential items to begin vaccinating frontline health care workers.
  • Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital received 1000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • An ultra-low temperature freezer also arrived at the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service in preparation to begin vaccinations.
05 Mar 2021

Comments on COVID Vaccines

Message from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

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Pope Francis has reflected upon COVID-19 in his book, Let Us Dream – The Path to a Better Future (2020). In this short book, 160 pages, the Pope explores the spiritual and social dimensions of the crisis. He offers his reflection on how he hopes we may emerge from this time working with others for the betterment of the world. It’s a short read. I recommend it to you.

There has been discussion in the media about the application of the vaccines now arriving in Australia and which now are being distributed here in South Australia. On the 21st of December, 2020 the Holy See prepared a response which grappled with the very complex questions which had been posed from various pastoral, moral and ethical positions.

09 Dec 2020

Update for places of worship, weddings and funerals

Restrictions update – from Monday December 14

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On behalf of Archbishop O’Regan, I am writing to let you know that SA Police and SA Health provided further clarification for places of worship, weddings and funerals. These changes will take effect from Monday, 14th December 2020.

Information provided includes:
·       Places of worship have a density requirement of 1 person per 2 sqm.
·       Funerals are capped at 200 people and requiring 1 person per 2 sqm.
·       Weddings are capped at 200 people and requiring 1 person per 2 sqm. The digital contact tracing form is still required.
·       COVID Safe Check-in is still required.

 COVID-19 update December 14.pdf

01 Dec 2020

COVID-19 Restrictions & further update

Changes from Tuesday December 1 2020

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On behalf of Archbishop O’Regan, I am writing to let you know that last night SA Police and SA Health provided further clarification for weddings and funerals. These changes will take effect from today Tuesday, 1 December 2020.

Information provided included:

  • Funerals are capped at 150 people and only requiring 1 person per 2 sqm.
  • Weddings are capped at 150 people and also only requiring 1 person per 2 sqm.

 

 

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Message November 30 2020

On behalf of Archbishop O’Regan, you would be aware the South Australian Premier made several announcements on Friday November 27. These changes will take effect from Tuesday, 1 December 2020.
 
Information provided includes the following:

  • Churches will continue to be capped at 1 person per 4 sqm. The only exclusion to this is for outdoor services, which is 1 person per 2 sqm.
  • Funerals are capped at 150 people whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Weddings in churches cannot exceed the 150 whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 sqm. The digital contact tracing form is still required. https://forms.sa.gov.au/#/form/5fb1fb9fad9c5820881d8528/app/5fc414d64d43339d44a32a6c          
20 Nov 2020

Statewide lockdown will cease

from midnight Saturday November 21

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As you would be aware the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall made an announcement late this morning. The state-wide lockdown will cease effective from midnight Saturday, 21st November 2020.

This means that churches may re-open following the guidelines outlined below:

  • Churches are capped at 100 people whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 square metres.
19 Nov 2020

Local live streaming Masses

Update regarding live streaming Mass

With clarification from SAPOL, we can confirm that live streaming Mass is permitted if the priest resides on the same grounds as the church.

Click here for links to local parishes who are live streaming Masses.

18 Nov 2020

Six days of hard lockdown

Restrictions coming into effect midnight tonight

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On behalf of Archbishop Patrick O'Regan I would like to advise some further important information in relation to the announcements made by the Premier Steven Marshall today.  

From midnight this evening Wednesday, November 18 2020 we are moving into six days of hard lockdown. The hard lockdown is to restrict movement in the community.

Whilst there was no specific mention of places of worship, as the direction is a six-day lockdown, churches are to close effective from midnight this evening. Weddings and funerals are not permitted.

17 Nov 2020

Update on latest COVID restrictions

On behalf of Archbishop Patrick O’Regan, I would like to advise some further information in relation to the announcements made by the Premier Steven Marshall yesterday. We have clarified the situation in relation to weddings.

You will be required to update your COVID-Safe Plan to ensure your plan is current and correct which can be done on the following link

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-work/create-a-covid-safe-plan

  • Funerals are capped at 50 guests, with density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm total.
  • Attendance at Church services is capped at 100, with density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm total.
  • Weddings must register all guest details with Communicable Diseases Control Branch (CDCB) via an online form https://forms.sa.gov.au/#/form/5fb1fb9fad9c5820881d8528

 

 20201001+Fact+Sheet+-+Group+singing+and+reducing+the+risk+of+COVID-19+transmission.pdf

16 Nov 2020

New restrictions from midnight tonight

Message from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

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Dear sisters and brothers,

As you would be aware the South Australian Premier made several announcements this afternoon, some in relation to churches. These will be effective from midnight tonight.

A summary is provided below:

  • Churches are capped at 100 people whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Funerals are capped at 50 people whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Weddings in churches cannot exceed the 100 people permitted in church as per the  above.

The Premier has indicated these restrictions are being put in place in the hope that they won’t be long lasting.

We ask for your continued cooperation in this matter.
 
In Domino,
+Patrick O’Regan DD
Archbishop of Adelaide

16 Nov 2020

COVID-19 update for Salisbury parish

Holy Family Mass Centre closure

COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Due to the outbreak in the northern suburbs we have been advised by the State Government today that Holy Family Sunday Mass and all gatherings at the Mass centre are to be cancelled until further notice. This is due to Holy Family School being placed in lock down. This will remain in place until the school can reopen or further advice from the State Government.

HOLY FAMILY MASS CENTRE SUNDAY MASS NOVEMBER 15 2020

After advice from the State Government COVID-19 hotline, the parish wishes to advise that if you attended Mass at Holy Family on Sunday November 15 and you show ANY SIGNS OF ILLNESS please go to a COVID testing station at once and be tested.

13 Nov 2020

Current Guidelines in relation to Places of Worship

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Grace and peace, I hope that this note finds you well.

While we had hoped and wished it was otherwise, present indications are that current guidelines in relation to Places of Worship will remain much the same as Christmas approaches. It is important to note that we are still operating under a Declared State of Emergency.

Density Requirements
The current requirements are that we must allow 1 person per 2 sq m.  An indication has been given by SA Health that it is unlikely this baseline requirement will change for some time.  Please ensure you are adhering to this ruling or contact Deb Nation and her team at Catholic Health Safety and Welfare on 08 8215 6850 for assistance on how best to configure your church.

 20201113 001 L POR current guidelines.pdf
 20200729+-+COVID-19+Factsheet+-+Religious_Faith+communities+Guidance.pdf

08 Sep 2020

Information about funerals, weddings and COVID Marshals

Message from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Grace and peace, I hope this note finds you well.

I am writing to communicate and confirm the following information that has come into effect from 5th September 2020:

  1. Funerals and Weddings: are now permitted for up to 150 people with hygiene and social distancing regulations still being observed providing 2 square metres per person.
  2. COVID Marshals: Please refer to the attached SA Health Factsheet which outlines that COVID Marshals are not required for weddings and funerals unless there is eating and drinking under an approved COVID Management Plan.  Please refer to this Factsheet which clarifies when a COVID Marshal is required. This Factsheet can be found attached below.
     

 20200908 001 L POR.pdf
 20200828-COVID-Marshal-Fact-Sheet-v7-28.8.20.pdf

11 Aug 2020

Information about Congregational Singing

Message from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

Advice for Religious and Faith Communities

Grace and peace, I hope this note finds you well.

Following our recent instruction of 31st July 2020 around Liturgical Music, we have now received further advice from SA Health. It relates to congregational singing. 

In the latest Fact Sheet (attached for your reference) it advises that “singing increases the distance that droplets from the mouth can travel and spread, so spacing of 1.5 metres apart is advised when signing” and suggests that:

•    Congregational singing be avoided.
•    Choirs are permitted, provided: Singers are able to be social distanced from each other and the rest of the congregation. Numbers are limited to a designated person or a very small group.

 20200729+-+COVID-19+Factsheet+-+Religious_Faith+communities+Guidance.pdf
 20200811 009 L POR congregational singing.pdf

24 Jul 2020

Capped numbers for Weddings and Funerals

Message from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

Grace and peace, I hope this note finds you well.

As you would be aware the Premier announced on Friday, 24th July 2020 further information regarding the numbers permitted to gather for funerals and weddings.

As of 12.01am, Wednesday, 29th July 2020 the numbers are capped up to 100 people maximum for individual funerals and weddings provided your Mass Centre has the necessary capacity as per your COVID Safe Plan.

 20200724 004 L POR re funerals and weddings.pdf

24 Jun 2020

New regulations

Message from Archbishop Patrick O'Regan

The Premier announced on Monday, 23rd June 2020 the further relaxation of restrictions regarding the numbers permitted to gather in places of worship.
The new regulations that immediately pertain to us include:-

  • From Monday 29th June 2020, maximum density requirements with the new 1 person per 2 sqm, will apply for our churches. Correct spatial measurement of your church will assist you in determining the maximum number of people you will be allowed in your space.

 20200612 001 L POR - new regulations.pdf

23 Jun 2020

Guidelines for the celebration of the Eucharist and the distribution of Holy Communion

Entry to the church  – Singular entrances to church are suggested, with the use of a different exit where possible.

Sign in sheets – Please ensure you are collecting the names of those attending your churches. A shared pen can be used so as long there is sanitiser placed near the sign-in sheet and people are sanitising their hands both before and after the use of the pen. Because of privacy concerns the details would best be collected on individual sheets to ensure the privacy of those visiting the churches and placed in a secure box. Alternatively you could consider encouraging the use of their own pen or an online registration system.   

Frequency – The number of Masses could be increased to ensure greater access to communion by members of the community. (Note, however, that three is the maximum number a priest can celebrate Vigil/Sunday. On weekdays a second Mass may be celebrated for a genuine pastoral reason e.g. a funeral or wedding.)  

Access – Parishes will need to work out methods that work for them to ensure an equitable access to available Masses. Rotation rosters could be considered. Parishes must not exceed the maximum number of people permitted on their premises.

12 May 2020

Places of Worship

Step One Fact Sheet

Following the limited reopening of churches, we are continuing to work with government and other church leaders to achieve every best possible outcome for our faithful, while also not transgressing government directions and ensuring we are responsible. I am very conscious of the pain our people are feeling at not being able to receive the Eucharist but we also need to be mindful of the devastating impact of COVID-19 and the need to be cautious and vigilant. - Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ

 Places-of-Worship-Step-1-Fact-Sheet-9-May.pdf

08 May 2020

Re-opening churches

Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ

As you would be aware the Prime Minister and South Australian Premier made several announcements this afternoon, some in relation to the re-opening of churches. Of particular note is our own South Australian Premier detailing specifics effective Monday, May 11, 2020.

 Circular - re-opening churches.pdf

23 Mar 2020

Latest protocols

Fr Philip Marshall, Administrator Delegate

Please find latest protocols relating to the Coronavirus in the circulars below.

 Circular - Updated New Regulations 122 25320.pdf
 Circular - New regulations 118 23320[2].pdf

21 Mar 2020

Online prayer and worship resources

Our Church in South Australia and beyond faces an extraordinary situation when for the first time in our history Mass will not be celebrated in our parish churches, until further notice.

We will be updating this section to provide you with a range of online resources for prayer and worship - click here.

19 Mar 2020

Temporary suspension of Masses and public liturgies

The Prime Minister has announced that non-essential indoor gathers are to be limited to 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 are prohibited. Given the serious nature of the Coronavirus, as a community we are to support these measures as responsible and sensible.

 Circular - Protocols re Coronavirus _ 112 190320.pdf

19 Mar 2020

Catholic Masses in SA suspended

Media Release | Thursday March 19 2020

The Catholic Church in South Australia has suspended the celebration of all Mass services and other major liturgical events. This follows advice from health authorities and the Federal Government’s decision to ban any gatherings of more than 100 people due to COVID-19. The temporary suspension of worship in Catholic churches across the State includes Holy Week and Easter celebrations such as Holy Thursday Mass, Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass.

 Media Release - Church response to COVID-19 March 19 2020.pdf

13 Mar 2020

Guidelines for preventing the spread of Coronavirus

A number of questions have arisen concerning Holy Week, visiting the sick and collections. I am sure that commonsense and prudence of the priests and deacons will ensure that everything is done to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus. We have taken advice on these items from infectious disease control specialists.

 Circular - Guidelines for preventing the spead of Coronavirus 097 120320a.pdf

03 Mar 2020

Protocols re Coronavirus

At present there is no indication of the spread of coronavirus in South Australia. This offers us time to consider how we might respond to the virus before any urgency arises, and to play our part in preventing spread in the community. After extensive consultation with medical experts, and in order to be well prepared I am implementing the following guidelines effective from this coming weekend, Sunday March 8.

 Circular - Protocols re Coronavirus 086 3320.pdf

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