Sacred Heart Parish Westmead

13 January to 20 February 2022 - No 9am Daily Parish Mass
Weekend Vigil & Sunday Mass will be held as usual
Coming to Mass: What You Need to Do...
ALL people attending are required by law to check-in using the Service NSW QR code displayed at the church's entrance.
The QR code works for all smartphones (you may need to download & install the Service NSW app).
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SMARTPHONE you must still check-in. To do so, obtain from Service NSW a COVID Check-in card It only takes a couple of minutes. The card can be posted or emailed to you (if you have it emailed, you must print it out). You will need to show this card each time you come to Mass & have it scanned. If using a check-in card, please come early so that there is enough time to have your card scanned BEFORE Mass begins. It will not be possible to scan cards after the liturgy has begun.
Pen & paper check-ins are no longer possible.
Public Masses to Recommence!
Now that the state has reached 80% vaccination rate, public Masses will recommence. Masses will start with the Saturday Vigil, 23 October. COVID restrictions still apply: masks are mandatory (12 years & over, optional for under 12s); ALL people attending Mass (adults & children) MUST register their attendance via the QR code at the church's entrance; numbers are limited by the 4 sqm restriction inside (ie 50 in the church; 25 in the hall) & 2 sqm outdoors.

First Reconciliation 2021 Due to continuing restrictions & the rescheduling of various liturgical celebration it will not be possible to celebrate Frist Reconciliations this year. As things begin to reopen and we plan for 2022, it is hoped that there will be an extra Frist Reconciliation programme during Lent. More information about this will be made available when possible.
CONFIRMATION 2021 postponed Dear Parents, due to the ongoing Sydney lockdown we will have to put our confirmation programme on hold. When the situation becomes clearer in regard to post lockdown protocols we will provide further information for our Confirmation programme to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.
Call for ministry volunteers
Can you help your parish as a Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, or as Senior or Junior Server?
If you would like to become a minister or have already been serving in one of the these ministries please complete a Parish Ministries Expression of Interest form (available from church or Parish Office, Tues-Fri).
The more people we have joining our ministry roster, the greater our liturgies will be!
COVID-19 Restrictions Apply to all public places of worship Parishioners must register their attendance when they arrive, sanitize their hands & be seated in the area allocated to them by the COVID Marshalls. 

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

"On consideration of the most recent NSW Health advice,
all worshippers at Masses in the Diocese are 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."

A change in numbers attending Mass

A change on 21.12.20 in NSW Health's COVID-19 restrictions affects the numbers able to attend 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 re-introduction of the 4 square meter regulation, WE CAN NOW ONLY WELCOME 50 PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH at any one time, including adults & children.  

Provisions have been made to accommodate an extra 25 people in the Parish Hall. Once church & hall capacity is reached, seating is also available in outside areas for a further 100 people.  

PARISHIONERS DO NOT NEED TO 'BOOK' TO ATTEND MASS. Registration is still mandatory at every Mass; either by recording your handwritten details in the register, or by using the parish QR code when attending.

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.

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.

2021 Sacramental Programme

First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation Programmes will recommence in 2021 - dates/details on announcements page.

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

Attending 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

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

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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.

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

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

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