General Guidelines for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In relation to the latest directives announced by Government (Sunday 24 May 2020), there are THREE KEY POINTS that directly affect churches, places of worship and liturgical celebrations and ceremonies held within.
From 1 June 2020 restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and ceremonies will be eased:
  • Places of worship can open for private worship or small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in a single undivided indoor space, subject to the four square metre rule plus the minimum number of people reasonably required to perform the service or ceremony.
  • 20 people in addition to the celebrant and couple being married can attend a wedding. If a wedding is held in a home, a maximum of 20 people is allowed, including the celebrant and the couple.
  • 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to the officiant and funeral staff, subject to the four square metre rule. If a funeral is held in a home, a maximum of 20 people can be present (including the officiant and funeral staff).
Further information has been received through the Deputy Chief Health Officer (Restricted Activity Directions #9 released 31 May 2020). You are encouraged to read these thoroughly. 

Posters for parishes to display locally

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Further external resources including information about the Federal Government’s COVID app can be found here.



Please contact the COVID Hotline:

A Prayer to St Joseph, the Great Protector

St Joseph,
You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.

You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need.

You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.

You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.

You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days.

You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father, Thy will be done.