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Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday 19 March 2020

Communications Office On this Feast Day of St Joseph, Archbishop Comensoli has written to all the faithful of Melbourne to assure them of his ongoing support and prayers during this time of uncertainty. In these days of increased awareness of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Archbishop implored the community of faithful to be patient, prayerful and resilient. "While public celebrations of Mass are suspended, our common work for the Gospel does not cease. In fact, this is a time for us all to re-engage in our mission to share Christ, in thoughtful and...

A Letter from the Bishops of Victoria

Wednesday 18 March 2020


18 March 2020

Prayerful greetings to the people of God across Victoria,

This morning, the Prime Minister announced that non-essential indoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people, and outdoor events of more than 500 people will be disallowed, effective today. Given the seriousness of COVID-19, we support this measure as being responsible and sensible, and we encourage everyone to follow public safety guidelines respectfully.

The Bishops of the Province of Victoria have given this prayerful and considered reflection, and have determined the following actions:

• Immediate suspension of public liturgies, celebrations of the Mass, until further notice.
• All other gatherings are suspended. For clarification of any concerns, please contact your local diocesan authority.

We are very aware that this restriction will be particularly difficult for families who are planning liturgies such as funerals, weddings and baptisms. At this time, so long as appropriate precautions are able to be put in place (such as distancing between participants), it may be possible for these liturgies to proceed with a carefully limited congregation. Deferring these liturgies may also be an option that is offered to families.

Coronavirus: Kindness vs fear

Wednesday 18 March 2020

The spread of coronavirus, and in particular it’s widespread and ongoing media coverage, has been causing panic around Australia. We are seeing store shelves emptied. People fighting for packs of toilet paper. And ultimately, we are witnessing an egocentric atmosphere fuelled by fear. 

1000 ways to love your neighbour during Coronavirus

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Communications Office
“I want to pray for all of the priests, the creativity of priests,” Pope Francis said in his March 15 Angelus address, referring to stories of priests in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, “who think of a thousand ways to be with the people so that the people don’t feel alone.” Lombardy is the center of the country’s COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, but the bans on mass gatherings are now a global phenomenon.