News

News

News of relevance to the Parish or region may appear here.

For memorials of recently deceased parishioners, please use the link above.

See the links page for prayer and liturgical resources for use at home during this time of crisis.

Parish priest on leave, 14 Dec 2020 – Feb 2021

Fr Barry is on leave for surgery from Monday 14 December until at least the end of January. During that time the parish phone will divert to the Atherton Parish phone. There may be delays dealing with emails.

Covid-19 restrictions (updated 12 Dec 2020)

Gatherings in our churches are subject to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions:

  1. Anyone who is unwell (even if only a Cold) must stay at home. This also applies to priests; if he gets sick all Masses will be cancelled.
  2. Anyone who has been in contact with a known case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days must stay at home.
  3. Anyone being tested for Covid-19 and still awaiting results must stay at home.
  4. As much as possible keep physical spacing of at least 1.5m.

Number limits for attending services

Authorities seem reasonably sure there is no community transmission at present, so restrictions are easing. From noon on Monday 14 December all churches can follow the occupancy density of 2 square meters per person, and we “should observe physical distancing to the extent possible”, that is, 1.5 meters. But venues with “ticketed and allocated seating” can have 100% capacity; this is because allocated seating allows for better contact tracing, but this is but this is hard to manage in pews and so is impractical in our churches. It is easiest to state that according to the size of our churches our limits are: 60 in St James’, Malanda and 49 in St Rita’s, Millaa Millaa.

Since most attendees have settled into regular patterns it is relatively easy to manage the numbers; for special situations prior registration may be needed. To register, please phone Fr Barry (4096 5156), Roger Goodwill (4096 8308), or Alban and Janice Hunt (4096 6304), or the Atherton Parish office during office hours (4091 1125). The record for each gathering must be kept for 56 days, then be destroyed. See the liturgy calendar for the schedule.

Christmas liturgies

We do not anticipate any problem with numbers at Millaa Millaa (8.30pm on Christmas Eve) but it is still best to register in advance. In Malanda the liturgies will be in the Pavilion in the Malanda Showground. Please email the parish or phone (4096 5156) to register to attend any of the parish liturgies.

Weddings and Funerals

Although weddings and funerals now have a limit of 200 people irrespective of the venue, the same number restrictions above apply in our churches.

Anyone who becomes unwell within 14 days of attending a wedding or funeral is to contact 13Health (1343 2584) or their General Practitioner.