Bishop’s Messages and Measures taken by the Maronite Eparchy of Australia


         Pastoral Letter with Directives and Guidelines re- Stage 1 of the 3 Step Framework for the reopening of Australia (14 May 2020).

   Video Message from Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay in English to the clergy and faithful of the Maronite Eparchy of Australia (25 March 2020).

   Video Message from Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay in Arabic to the clergy and faithful of the Maronite Eparchy of Australia (25 March 2020).

   Pastoral Letter for Holy Week and Easter Liturgies (3 April 2020).

          Pastoral Message from Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay regarding Temporary Measures for COVID-19 in English (24 March 2020).

         Pastoral Message from Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay regarding Temporary Measures for COVID-19 in Arabic (24 March 2020).

         Pastoral Message from Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay (18 March 2020)

         Further Temporary Measures taken by the Maronite Eparchy of Australia (19 March 2020)

         Temporary Guidelines in light of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (6 March 2020)





Every Australian state has issued new guidelines and timeframes for the easing of restrictions on public gatherings. These restrictions and the dates they apply vary between different states so please check your state regulations in conjunction with the directives below.

 The following apply to all parish churches in Australia. For full details, please refer to the Pastoral Letter of Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay:

-       As soon as state law allows it, and adhering to the 10-person limit and social distancing requirements (4sqm per person), parish church doors will be opened for personal prayer and adoration.

-       10 people are now allowed to attend every Mass, in addition to the celebrant and the persons necessary for the service. The faithful who wish to attend Mass should contact their Maronite parish to register.

-       The Dispensation from the Obligation of Sunday Mass still applies.

-       Parishes will continue to livestream Masses.  

-       Wedding ceremonies can now be attended by 10 guests, in addition to the bride and groom, the celebrant blessing the marriage, and other people necessary for the liturgy.  

-       Indoor funerals can have up to 20 people, or outdoor funerals up to 30, in addition to clergy and funeral directors.

-       Confessions can be heard inside the church or in a suitable room or space outside the church.

-       Baptisms and Confirmations can be celebrated in the church. The 10-person limit does not include the priest but includes the child, or person being baptised, and the parents and godparents.

-       The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be provided with extra hygiene precautions.

-       Churches are required to keep a record of each person who visits the church, including the full name and contact phone number, and the date and time of attendance.

-       Communion is to be distributed in the hand.

-       Communion can only be received during Mass, during the visitation of the sick or in case of the risk of death, and cannot be received outside these times.

-       Holy Water will temporarily be removed from stoups at the doors but is available on request.

-       Physical contact is to be avoided during the exchange of the Sign of Peace.

-       The collection plates shall not be passed from hand to hand during Masses.

-       Hand sanitisers will be provided at church doors.

-       Churches are required to be disinfected before and after Masses. 

-       Please do not attend your parish church or grounds if you are showing any signs of illness.

-       It is recommended that the elderly, sick and vulnerable people avoid public gatherings or contact with others for their safety.

-       Social distancing is required at all times inside the church, and this includes on the sanctuary and the choir loft (4sqm per person).  


 All these directives are temporary and are an interim solution due to COVID-19.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as parishes establish how to best coordinate Mass attendance under the new restrictions. Please be considerate of others who also wish to visit the church to pray.





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