Apart from using the link on the Home Page of the Saint Anthony's Parish Website, this page can also be accessed from any page of the website by selecting COVID19 Update from the About drop-down menu, the first menu item in the menu bar located at the top of each page.


The total number of people allowed to attend Mass is now replaced by the rules of social distancing — 4 square metres of space for each person. The maximum number of people allowed per Mass is 100.

Every second row has been roped off.

First time Mass goers must have their names and contact phone number recorded with the parish, prior to attending. After that, please have your named checked off when entering the church, on each occasion, that you attend.

It is now mandatory for everyone 12 years and older to wear a face mask in places of worship. Non-compliance will incur a $200 on-the-spot fine.

You are not required to pre-register for weekday Mass.

In the coming weeks, it may be a directive of the Bishop that everyone is registered on arrival at Mass via the Service NSW Parish QR code. In preparation, please download the Service NSW App onto your smartphone. If you are unable to do this, there will be monitors who will be able to register you, via the app on a parish device, on your arrival.

Diocese of Wollongong church buildings are NOT OPEN for private prayer.

Churches can be opened only for Masses, Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and Reconciliation.

For those who cannot attend Mass, please continue to nurture your faith through watching Mass on line or other prayerful means. To see what online Masses are available in the Diocese of Wollongong, simply click the button below:

Live Stream Mass Link

If you are 65+ and have underlying health concerns, or 70+, please consider staying at home for your safety.

Mass attendants must be well and must wash their hands before entering the Church with your own hand sanitizer or soap. The Parish has some for those who do not have.

Make sure that you clean your sitting area (seat, and where your touched in that area e.g. back and top of pew in front, kneeler etc.) after Church with your own means.

OTHER POINTS: Offerings (Sunday Masses only) are to be placed in boxes provided (mounted on wall) at the entrance, as you enter the Church or after Mass, or ideally given through direct debit. Collection plates will no longer be passed around to avoid the spread of germs/viruses. There will be no holy water in the bowl at the entrance of the church. Please do not touch any statutes/paintings/icons. Hand shaking is not permitted. Holy Communion will be given into the hand only and in one line.

Reconciliation/Confession: By appointment with Fr. Peter (Mobile: 0406 001 540)
Baptism: By appointment either on Saturday or Sunday
You are strongly encouraged to install the COVIDSAFE App onto your mobile phone



From Monday 21 September 2020, Catholic churches and chapels in the Diocese of Wollongong will be able to open for Masses, Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms, subject to the following directives:

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Latest Parish Directives from Most Rev Brian Mascord, Bishop of Wollongong

Electronic Parish Planned Giving

Given that all non-essential travel has been cancelled, some parishioners who support our parish planned giving envelope program have asked how they can continue to financially support the parish. We respectfully encourage all parishioners to join our electronic parish planned giving program to help us ensure that we limit the financial pressure this current situation will impose on our parish.

Importantly, we are mindful that some of our parishioners will sadly be experiencing a change in their financial circumstances. Please contact the Parish Office (4683 2230 or if you need to decrease/discontinue your planned giving contribution, but mainly to let us know how we can support you.

If you would like to commence giving by direct debit or via credit card, new forms are available for you to complete. They are available in the racks in the foyer of the church, or they can be emailed to you.

Clergy - First Collection

Parish - Second Collection


066 711


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Account Name:

Picton Presbytery

Account Name:

Picton Parish


Full Family Name or Envelope Number


Full Family Name or Envelope Number

DIRECT DEPOSITS: Please ensure that you use your name or Planned Giving envelope number as a reference, so monies given can be recorded against your name.

Some parishioners are using COVID19 as a reference which does not allow for proper recording of monies given.

Online Masses

During this period of time where Masses in the Diocese of Wollongong are suspended, it is important to know that you have not been abandoned by the Church. Members of the faithful are urged to keep holy the Lord’s Day by making a Prayer of Spiritual Communion, a well-established devotional practice of uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion.

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

There is a link on the Home Page of the Parish Website that goes to Diocese of Wollongong Website showing what Masses are on live. Alternatively, simply click here.