Churches will open across New South Wales from today for private prayer, confession and small-scale Masses as part of the first stage of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
By Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald
St Mary’s Cathedral will open at 6.30am before the first of four Masses for the day is celebrated at 7am.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said many Catholics would welcome returning to Mass after two-months since churches closed on March 23.
“The celebration of Mass is the highest form of Catholic worship and to not be able to physically gather these past two months has been very difficult for Catholics,” Archbishop Fisher said.
“Whilst livestreaming of Mass has helped people to continue to pray along at home it is no substitution for being able to be physically present and receiving the Eucharist. While it will take some time to return to larger celebrations, this first step will offer comfort to many Catholics who have been deeply missing attending Mass.
Catholics can register their attendance at church on a national website (www.massregister.com.au) to allow churches to notify parishioners if a member of the congregation tests positive for COVID-19.
Small church services return tomorrow in NSW (Sydney Morning Herald)