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Mass Attendance at St James

Mass Attendance at St James

EFFECTIVE FROM THIS WEEKEND (08/09 MAY):

Pre-Booking for Mass Finished:

After listening to concerns being raised, pre-bookings for weekend Masses will no longer be available. Instead, starting this weekend (08/09 May), people will be admitted on a first come – first served basis. Once the number of people in the church reaches the limit permitted under government COVID regulations, the Paulist Centre will be used to accommodate any overflow of people.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation during these challenging times with COVID restrictions. We are also grateful to our volunteer ushers and invite you to be courteous to them as they continue to help provide a safe and compliant place for celebrating Mass.

QR Code Scanning:

QR Code scanning and registration is still a government requirement for all people attending a church. Please continue to scan the Church QR code upon entry. Ushers will be available to help if needed.

 

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EFFECTIVE FROM 08/09 MAY:

Pre-Booking for Mass Finished

After listening to concerns being raised, pre-bookings for weekend Masses will no longer be available. Instead, starting next weekend (08/09 May), people will be admitted on a first come – first served basis. Once the number of people in the church reaches the limit permitted under government COVID regulations, the Paulist Centre will be used to accommodate any overflow of people.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation during these challenging times with COVID restrictions. We are also grateful to our volunteer ushers and invite you to be courteous to them as they continue to help provide a safe and compliant place for celebrating Mass.

 

QR Code Scanning

QR Code scanning and registration is still a government requirement for all people attending a church. Please continue to scan the Church QR code upon entry. Ushers will be available to help if needed.

 

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Dear Parishioners,

As you are aware, effective from this weekend, the Victorian government has changed the rules for COVID tracing purposes. All people present in the church now have to use the new QR code that has been provided. This is a very simple procedure.

  • If you own a smart phone, kindly bring it with you to church and scan the QR code with your camera app. This should automatically take you to the registration page where you can enter your details and press submit.
  • For this to be valid, the time stamp on your confirmation page has to be within 15 minutes of the start of Mass. You will need to show the confirmation page to the Usher on duty.
  • Should you be unable to do this, there will be stations available in the church narthex to use for this purpose, ushers will be around to help in this process

Please note that due to the fact that our Masses are often booked out, to avoid any disappointment, you will still need to use this link HERE to book a place in order to attend.

You are please asked to arrive early at church so that Mass can start on time. Your booking is only valid until Mass starts.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation during these COVID times.

 

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Summary of Updates:

Effective from next weekend (24/25 Apr):

  • 100% of all people attending St James MUST sign in using the QR Code, regardless of whether they have pre-booked.
  • If you pre-book (https://www.trybooking.com/BJPOT) and also check in at Mass BEFORE Mass starts, you will have a guaranteed seat in the church.
  • If you have not checked in by the time Mass starts, or if you do not have a booking, it will be first come, first served, until we reach our capacity.
  • Assistance will be provided to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.

 

The Details:

Mandatory QR Code Scanning

The government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Effective from Saturday 24 April, everybody including, but not limited to, volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, First Friday Adoration, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival. Please help others who may find it difficult to register.

Pre-bookings on Trybooking (https://www.trybooking.com/BJPOT) for Sunday Masses and major celebrations will be simplified as attendee names will be collected by the QR code scanning. A separate booking is required for each household that are to arrive together please. If booking on behalf of other families/households, please provide the name of one of the family members you are booking for as the “Booked By” person to avoid any confusion when checking in.

Late Arrivals, No Shows and No Bookings

Due to people turning up without a booking  or those with a booking not showing or arriving late, it has been decided that effective from Saturday 24 April, seat bookings will only be kept until Mass is scheduled to start.

People who arrive without a booking and people with a booking who arrive late, will have to form a queue and will only be permitted entry if we are within the capacity limit after those with bookings who arrived on time check in and scan the QR code.

To avoid disappointment please pre-book and arrive on time.

 

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Mandatory QR Code Scanning

The government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Effective from Saturday 24 April, everybody including, but not limited to, volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, First Friday Adoration, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival. Please help others who may find it difficult to register.

Pre-bookings on Trybooking for Sunday Masses (click HERE) and major celebrations will be simplified as attendee names will be collected by the QR code scanning. A separate booking is required for each household that are to arrive together please. If booking on behalf of other families/households, please provide the name of one of the family members you are booking for as the “Booked By” person to avoid any confusion when checking in.

Late Arrivals, No Shows and No Bookings

Due to people turning up without a booking  or those with a booking not showing or arriving late, it has been decided that effective from Saturday 24 April, seat bookings will only be kept until Mass is scheduled to start.

People who arrive without a booking and people with a booking who arrive late, will have to form a queue and will only be permitted entry if we are within the capacity limit after those with bookings who arrived on time check in and scan the QR code.

To avoid disappointment please pre-book and arrive on time.

 

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Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be joining us to celebrate at our Special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 3pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church. Due to COVID restrictions limiting the number of people allowed in the church, a Ballot will be drawn to determine who can attend within the church. Successful parties will still need to find their own seats within the church according to their group size on a first come first served basis like any other Sunday Mass.

People unsuccessful in the Ballot and those who did not register will be able to book places for either:

  • Standing room outside on the northern side of the church; or
  • seating in the Paulist Centre where Mass will be livestreamed onto the big screens

Ballot Registration

To register for the Ballot, book through the regular weekly link for Masses (preferred method) or alternatively, leave your details on the Ballot Registration Sheet after Mass. You must provide the name of each person requiring a seat. Details from your Ballot Registration will also be used as a record for COVID contact tracing purposes.

Parishioners can only register once either on the Registration Sheet or online.  Please do not register on both systems.

Any person allocated a seat in the Ballot who cannot attend is requested to notify the Parish Office so their seat(s) can be redrawn and allocated to someone else who registered.

Ballot closes 8pm Sun 4 April (Easter Sunday).

 

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St James Church – Re-Entry

After a year and a half, we have now completed the first and second Stage of the relocation of our Presbytery and the Church Refurbishment, with Stage three being the Community Centre due to commence at a later date.

Next weekend (06/07 Mar) we can gather as a community in our new worshipping space as we give thanks to God, our architects Smith & Tracey, our builders Raysett, our Building Committee and Dao Tran.

For many of our parishioners this re-entry will feel like a joyful homecoming, a long awaited return from exile with an opportunity to celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ in our midst.

Special thanks to all who are supporting through the Thanksgiving Program, those who have made generous donations and who have given of their time and energy in making the transition possible, others who have been praying and affirming us during the building works.  Our gratitude also to Mary Abbott and the St James Primary School for their generosity, cooperation and support during the building works.

We look forward to gathering together on the weekend of 06/07 March at one of the 5 new and updated (but temporary) Mass times of:

Sat 6pm, Sun 7:30am, Sun 9am, Sun 10:30am and Sun 5pm

Please note that it will be even more essential to pre-book for weekend Masses as the Covid capacity cap of the church will be less than that of the Paulist Centre.

Weekday Masses will start in the church from Mon 08 Mar. Until then, they will still be at Thomas Carr College Chapel.

 

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We are excited to announce that we are planning to return to Masses in St James Church starting from the weekend of 06/07 March.

Bookings for Mass will continue to be a requirement for attending weekend Mass.

The church will have a capacity that is less than the Paulist Centre. In light of this, beginning the weekend of 06/07 March, an extra weekend Mass will be introduced.

Until further notice, beginning in March, weekend Masses at St James will change to:

Sat 6pm, Sun 7:30am, Sun 9am, Sun 10:30am & Sun 5pm

 

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