Sacred Heart Cathedral opens

Vicar General, Fr Andrew Doohan has announced that Sacred Heart Cathedral will be opening for a few hours, three times a week, as a result of recently eased COVID-19 restrictions on places of worship.

The Cathedral will be open from 9am to midday on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturday mornings from 10.30am for about an hour. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it will be open only for personal prayer, while on Saturdays it will be open for confessions as well as prayer.

If you would like to visit the Cathedral, no registration or booking is needed, “just turn up”, Fr Doohan said.

“There is a limit to the number of people who can be inside the Cathedral (10 at any one time), but other than that it’s open ‘as normal’.”

To monitor numbers there will be a Sacristan on duty, and they will ensure compliance with government requirements.

One of those requirements, to assist in tracking any outbreaks, is providing any visitor’s contact details on a form at the entrance of the Cathedral.

Regarding the timing of commencement of public Mass, Fr Doohan said: “At this stage, we’re waiting on the NSW government to advise us of when there might be further easing of restrictions. Until that occurs, we can’t really even begin to guess.”

The opening of other churches will be determined by parish priests and leaders based on each church being able to meet the necessary requirements. Contact your local parish for more information.

The NSW Government announced further changes on Thursday 29 May, and the Diocese is currently awaiting details before providing further advice to parishes.

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Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle