From Sydney Chancery Communications …
As of Monday 18th October 2021, Catholic Churches within the Archdiocese of Sydney were able to reopen.
At 80% fully vaccinated our churches are now places where “mixed” congregations (fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and as yet unvaccinated) may gather together; attendees must check-in using the Service NSW App, or using a written record kept by the Parish; the 4 sqm rule will apply, and masks must be worn indoors. We continue to urge everyone to be vaccinated, and so to reduce their risk of serious illness or even death. We will do all that is reasonably possible to keep safe everyone who comes to church: there will be good ventilation, social distancing, hand santising, no congregational singing, etc. People who are especially vulnerable, who are vaccinated but anxious about mixing with the unvaccinated, or who are unvaccinated and do not want to risk contact with others, are free to remain at home and live-streaming of Masses from the cathedral and some parishes will continue. Although congregational singing is not permitted, but a socially distanced choir of up to 10 fully vaccinated people is allowed. We believe that in terms of legal liability, our compliance with the public health orders will mean that we have taken all reasonable steps to protect those who choose to gather in our churches.
We will continue to encourage our unvaccinated faithful to be vaccinated, to provide them with good information, and to offer them particular care since they (and certain vulnerable others) will be most at risk. We will also offer particular care to those faithful who, though fully vaccinated, are anxious about congregating with a mixed congregation.
The Petrine Office
Barque of Peter
The World is a flood of confusion. Only one Boat that can sail safely through. The sail is Jesus. It’s pilot is Peter. It’s rudder, the Word of God. It is the Catholic Church. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6)
Follow the Lord and you will be led out of darkness, for He is the light. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. (Psalm 36:9) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
“ … the barque of the Church is not mine but [Christ’s], nor does the Lord let it sink; it is he who guides it, surely also through those whom he has chosen, because he so wished. This has been, and is, a certainty which nothing can shake. ”
– Pope Benedict XVI, last General Audience, February 27th, 2013; Vatican.va
Fratelli Tutti (The third encyclical of Pope Francis) As the Parish of Saint Peter, Surry Hills supports the person and teachings of his successors who, as Bishops of Rome, hold the Petrine office.
Partaking in the Eucharist commits us to others, especially the poor, teaching us to pass from the flesh of Christ to the flesh of our brothers and sisters, in whom he waits to be recognised, served honoured and loved by us.
Pope Francis – Catechesis on the Mass 2018