The Catholic Parish of St Mary of the Angels has grown and evolved over many decades, alongside the community of Geelong.
Our Basilica is a place of worship for locals and visitors alike and a major historical landmark for tourists.
Parish Priest: Fr James Clarke
Assistant Priest: Fr Jaycee Napoles
** COVID AWARENESS ALERT!! FOR SATURDAY NIGHT 6.00pm VIGIL MASS - JANUARY 8, 2022
We have just been informed that an attendee at the 6pm Mass has tested positive to Covid. This will be deemed a casual contact for all other attendees. We advise that if you are experiencing any symptoms and feeling unwell, or if you are worried about possible contact, to go and get a PCR test, and isolate until you receive a negative result. We ask you to please inform us (Parish Office: 5222 1977) if you receive a positive result, so we can update and implement correct procedures.
Here's what's changing in Victoria From 11:59pm Wednesday Dec. 15
People who are under 18 will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination status at all venues, such as hospitality (the current arrangement is 12 and above)
The mandatory vaccination requirement will be removed in:
real estate, places of worship, weddings and funerals, Mask settings in retail remain unchanged
MASK WEARING UPDATE:
Masks will be mandatory indoors in Victoria from 11:59pm (December 23) for people aged eight years and over as the state ramps up its response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The rule applies to all indoor settings except private homes.
You must now definitely wear a mask in Basilica when you visit or attend Mass. No mask, no entry!
Information directly from the Archdiocese of Melbourne: Workers (Staff and Volunteers) at Places of Worship must still be fully vaccinated.
These rules will come into place at 11:59pm Dec 15th, 2021 and be in place until 12 January, 2022.
What the current ease in restrictions means for St Mary's Parish:
The Basilica is now open during the week. (see Mass times and the Current Bulletin for full details) - we are limited to the 1 per 2sqm density ruling (as of Thursday Jan 7, 2022 at 11.59pm) and can now only have 250 people attend any one Mass. No booking is required at this point.
The Piety Stall remains closed until Feb 2022.
Cafe Light is closed until Feb 2022
The Plaza Theatre is closed until further notice.
The Eucharistic Chapel is OPEN for private prayer. QR code registration of visit is mandatory.
Pantry Operating hours will be: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm - 3pm.
ST MARY’S PARISH OFFICE - OPEN - WEEKDAYS ONLY
Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
If you wish to contact a priest for an emergency hospital visit or last rites, please call the Office on: 5222 1977. Have a pen and paper ready to take down the priest’s emergency number.
The Bulletin, Daily Reflection and Weekday Mass Sheets are available online (on this website) and some printed copies available from outside the front of the Office.