General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
Information current as at Tuesday 4 August, 5pm
The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the latest directives announced by Government (2 and 3 August 2020), there is now an overarching guide for the use of face coverings across Victoria and two separate areas of General Directives depending on location:
- As of 11.59pm 2 August 2020, everyone in Victoria aged 12 years and over must wear a face covering when they leave home. This directive will apply to all areas of the Archdiocese for Masses and liturgies whether streamed or in person. If essential work is being undertaken in offices, masks must also be worn. Please carefully review the Liturgical Guidelines offered above.
- General Directives STAGE 4 for local government areas designated as ‘hot zones’ across metropolitan Melbourne (not including Mitchell Shire).
- General Directives STAGE 3 for all areas of Victoria (now including Mitchell Shire).
Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting test verification, including Clergy or Deacons, (even without presenting symptoms) attend a church or parish setting until a diagnosis is confirmed. Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive.
Caring for our community
Our health services and support are doing incredible work at present to bring care to those ill with COVID-19, and in protecting and caring for our most vulnerable and their families in aged-care, hospital and disability services. Please continue to keep them in your prayers at this time.
Please contact the COVID Hotline:
Phone: (03) 9926 2469
A Prayer to St Joseph, the Great Protector
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 difficult days.
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.