Important information about the Diaconate Ordination of Diep Quang Nguyen and Thao Van Nguyen

Dear Friends,

The Diaconate Ordination of Diep Quang Nguyen and Thao Van Nguyen is scheduled for next Friday, 9 July 2021 at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst. At this stage, the Ordination will proceed, but with some limitations, given the current situation with COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE: People from Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains CANNOT attend the Ordination, given these areas will still be under 'stay at home' restrictions on 16 July 2021, under the Health Orders of the NSW Government. 


Guests from Melbourne and regional VIC, Brisbane and regional QLD, and the ACT are also advised to not attend, due to the current border restrictions in place.

People from regional NSW, including the Diocese of Bathurst, who have visited Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains on or after 25 June, should also be observing the 14 days 'stay at home' orders and CANNOT attend the Ordination.

As a result of the 1 person per 4 square metre rule for places of worship, the number of people allowed to be in the Cathedral has been reduced to 162. If there are more than 162 people attending the Mass, the overflow will be asked to view the Ordination in the Cathedral Parish Centre and watch the Ordination via live-stream. An additional 40 people can be seated in the Parish Centre. The first 162 people to arrive will be seated in the Cathedral.

Please note that masks must be worn indoors in the Cathedral and in the Parish Centre.

While the current situation is disappointing, please observe the rules in place to ensure the spread of COVID is minimised and the health and wellbeing of our local parishes is maintained, given that many of our parishioners are elderly and at risk.

Please keep up-to-date with changes to the COVID-19 restrictions to ensure you have the latest information. Should there be any further changes to the Ordination, we will inform you as soon as possible.

The Diaconate Ordination of Diep and Thao will be live-streamed via the Diocesan Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

Thao and Diep thank you for your understanding and ask that you be united with them in prayer as they make this lifelong commitment in the service of God's People.

With every blessing,

Fr Paul Devitt 
Vicar General 
Dean of the Cathedral
Catholic Diocese of Bathurst

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