Sacred Heart Parish Westmead

Wearing a Mask to Mass
Please note the following announcement from the Diocese:

"On consideration of the most recent NSW Health advice, the
Diocese of Parramatta highly recommends all worshippers at Masses in the Diocese to wear a mask to, during and from Mass & other services.

We understand the inconvenience that masks may pose, but the health of our parishioners & the wider community is our highest concern.  We sincerely thank you for understanding, and for playing your part in keeping our community safe."

Parish's 2020 Sacramental Programme

COVID-19 has caused a rethink of the Parish's sacramental programme for this year. Please note the following details.

First Eucharist: unfortunately, this programme cannot be offered this year.

First Reconciliation: at this stage it will go ahead in Term 4 as planned but will be revisited at the end of Term 3.

Confirmation: Confirmation programme has been completed. 

If you've any questions, please contact the Parish's Sacramental Coordinator, Anne. 

A change in numbers attending Mass

A change this week in NSW's COVID-19 restrictions means it is only possible to have up to 100 people attending Mass at any one time.

Social distancing restrictions are still in place. This means each person attending Mass must maintain a 1.5m distance from other parishioners. Members of the same household can sit together but must maintain 1.5m distance from others.

Because of the 4 square meter regulation, WE CAN STILL ONLY WELCOME 50 PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH at any one time, including adults & children. Another 50 people are able to attend, however, they CAN NOT BE IN THE CHURCH.

Provisions have been made to accommodate an extra 25 people in the Parish Hall & 25 people outside on the veranda. 


The first 50 people will be able to get a seat in the church. All other people will have to be seated in the hall (up to 25 people) or be outside (a further 25 people).

ALL people attending Mass, including all adults & children, MUST sanitise their hands & register their attendance, even if they at sitting in the hall or are outside.

Thanks for your cooperation & understanding at during these difficult times.

Coming to Mass @ Sacred Heart this weekend?

When you arrive, please sanitise your hands, register your name & contact number to indicate you are present. EVERY PERSON, adult & child, MUST BE REGISTERED. This is a legal requirement & is not optional.

Please ONLY SIT IN MARKED PLACES & observe social distancing regulations.

Members of the same household can sit together but please keep every second pew vacant. Members of the same family but who do not live in the same house together must sit separately.

Only the 50 parishioners can be seated in the church. Others must sit in the hall (up to 25 people) or outside the church. 
Thanks for your cooperation & understanding at during these difficult times.

Returning to Mass

As people start to return to public celebrations of Mass it is important that
  • if you are unwell in any way, do not attend - respect your own health & the health of those around you
  • if you have a compromised immunity reconsider the need to attend public Masses
  • observe social distancing regulations - follow the signs in the church indicating where you can & cannot sit
  • do not touch statues - this spreads germs & bacteria
  • use the hand sanitiser provided, cough into your elbow or a tissue
  • consider volunteering to help clean the church after Mass - the must be cleaned after every celebration, if we don't get volunteers & are unable to clean the church as is required then we will have to shut our doors again

Australian Bishops write letter of encouragement

In order to keep the church open, it must be cleaned daily. Can you help? Please contact the Parish Office or Fr Walter. 

Parish now on Facebook!
Stay in touch with the latest in the parish by joining us on Facebook: Sacred Heart Westmead.

Spiritual nourishment during the shut-down
The Diocese lists a number of different resources and places to assist people nourish their faith during the pandemic. Please visit: 

Socially distant,
Spiritually near!
Mass continues to be offered in our parish church for parishioners and for an end to the present pandemic. Due to regulations on places of worship, these Masses are not open to the public. 

See 7 Steps for Spiritual Closeness under Announcements for some suggestions on how to spiritually remain close during this time of social distancing. 

Regularly pray Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic found under Announcements.

Live streamed Masses from
St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta

Activities for Kids
Some wonderful activities for kids and the whole family at Living Maronite 
Particularly love the idea of painting an Holy Week or Easter window! 

View Bishop Vincent's 
Pastoral Message 
to the Diocese.

COVID-19 Impact on Liturgical Celebrations at Sacred Heart
Please see details about parish celebrations under Announcements

The Federal Government ordered all places of worship, including churches, closed from 12 noon, Monday, 23 March. How long the closure will be in place is unclear at this point in time. 

Bishop Vincent, in accord with Canon 1248 
§2 & Catechism §2181, dispenses Latin Catholics within the Diocese from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice.

There will be no public Holy Week or Easter liturgies celebrated in the parish. The Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a specific decree to this effect & is binding on all Latin Churches throughout the world. A copy of the decree can be found in Announcements. 

Each Sunday a non-public Mass will be offered in the parish for parishioners and for an end to the present pandemic. 

Praying at home during
the COVID-19 shutdown 

See Announcements for link to a new FREE prayer resource for families & those isolated at home. 
Also, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have made resources available at 
The Diocese also offers some suggestions on its Update page (scroll to the bottom of the page). 

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: 
Praying at Home resources 

The bishops have prepared a list of special resources for this time: 

Supporting your parish 
during the COVID-19 shutdown
Many families & businesses also are being financially effected by the COVID-19 shutdown. So too is our parish. 

During the shutdown, the Parish's income will be dramatically reduced. The Parish is taking significant steps to reduce its costs; the Parish Office, for example, will be open less hours. 

ALL parishioners are being asked to consider supporting their Parish at this difficult time.

Please consider continuing to contribute to the First & Second Collections electronically if you are in a financial position to do so. 

Parishioners also can make a financial contribution by joining the Parish's Planned Giving Programme (see Parish Registration Form under the Parish Forms tab) or by making a donation via the Make a Payment tab under Quick Links on this page. 

Thanks for your ongoing support of your parish. 

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7 steps for spiritual closeness
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Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic
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