COVID Safe Regulations and Recommendations in NSW

QR Code check-in is still mandatory for entry to places of worship.

According to the NSW Government regulation, everyone attending Mass at Saint Peter’s is once again required to wear a face mask and to maintain at least 1.5m social distance.  By continuing to practise mask wearing and social distancing in church, we are also obeying core moral teachings of the Church concerning our care for ourselves and our care for the common good.

The Catholic moral principle of regard for the common good requires us to always weigh our individual rights against our care and concern for others. As the State and Church authorities continue to emphasise, the most important instrument in the protection of our own health and the health of the community is for all of us to be fully vaccinated.

Full vaccination also preserves the viability of our medical and hospital systems and reduces unnecessary pressure on our already fatigued medical and nursing professionals.

For the above reasons, Pope Francis is now referring to need for vaccination against the COVID virus as a ‘moral obligation’.


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

MASS TIMES (effective 2 Jan 2022)

Daily Mass: Mon to Sat: 10:00am

Sunday Mass: 10:00 am

Confessions: Sat: 9:30am – 10:00am (during the holiday season) or by approaching Fr. John

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