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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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Sacristans Required

The role of the Sacristan in the church is a very important one as she or he sets up and makes sure everything is in place for the proper celebration of the Mass. The Sacristan would normally open up the church about 45 minutes before Mass starts. At this stage we urgently need Sacristans for the Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 7:30am, 10:30am and 5:00pm Masses.

Please contact the Parish Office for more details at [email protected] or at 9401 6367.

 

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Charismatic Healing Mass

Come and experience a Healing Mass by the Vincentian Congregation’s Fr Rojan at St James Church on Thurs 12 May, commencing 6.30pm with Rosary, Praise and Worship, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, healing prayers and blessing.

All are welcome especially those requiring healing prayers. QR check in at church entry. Enquiries Gilbert Menezes  0419 482 040.

 

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Annual National Mass Count

Over the month of May we will be conducting our regular Mass Count at all Masses at St James. Ushers will be counting people as they enter.  Counts will be held for the 4 weekends beginning 08/09 May.

Please assist the Ushers as they count you as you enter the Church/Paulist Centre.

 

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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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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.

People who were successful in the Ballot for a place inside the church for our Church Blessing have been notified.

People who were unsuccessful in the ballot or who did not register for the Ballot that still want to attend can book an overflow place outside the church or in the Paulist Centre where it will be livestreamed. Bookings are now open online (click HERE) and close 5pm Wednesday 14 April.

 

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