...from a Distance of 1.5m. A primary concern for us as we open our Church in the parish is, of course, people’s safety. As we resume public Masses, we have made sure that we comply with the Health and Safety Guidelines asked of us by the State Government and the Archdiocese. I would like to make it clear for your information that these guidelines have resulted in two possible plans. One plan, which is less restrictive, would only allow us to continue to offer mass together with the smallest of numbers. The other plan, Industry COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship, which we have chosen to follow, enables a larger number of people to participate in Mass based on the social distancing measurement rules. This option allows 80 people to register in advance for each weekend masses at St. Mary Mackillop’s Parish. Only those who register may come to the nominated Mass. This number is reduced by the fact that we have to ensure there is 4 square metre rule and 1.5 metre distancing rule per person. We have divided the St. Mary Mackillop’s church, Birkdale into 4 zones 4 zones - A, B, C, D. Each zone has 20 seats. It is essential that you make an advance booking if you wish to attend weekend Masses.
It is mandatory that the contact details of attendees and staff are recorded at the outset of the gathering and that the contact lists are retained for at least 56 days and provided to Queensland Health if needed for the purposes of contact tracing. This contact lists should be made for each group of up to 20 people.
Door Marshals- We are in need of volunteers who can handle parishioners tactfully while ensuring we comply with our obligations. Must be under 70 years of age (Government & Archdiocese mandate) and be able to check people in quickly while collecting their contact information. We also need cleaners to help sanitise each section after churches have been used. If you are able to assist, please email or phone the Parish office with your details or let me know.
Thank you for your patience and understanding with these Government Protocols as we try to create safe and prayerful liturgies. Due to COVID we are not currently able to have collections during Mass. A collection box will be available at the entrance before and after Mass for envelopes and loose change.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM 2020: With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, while following all social distancing and health policies, we are now able to move ahead with the Sacramental Program for confirmation, Penance and First Holy Communion. Families are given the option to defer to 2021 for any of these sacraments if they choose. For any further enquiries please contact Lisa Knight at the Parish Office on 3822 2139 or by email.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.