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Attending Mass with Restrictions Featured

We have resumed celebrating public Masses. A number of significant restrictions remain in place.

Anyone wishing to attend Sunday Mass must pre-register, either online or by calling the office during regular office hours.

See Bishop Mark Hagemoen's letter to the faithful: What to Expect When Public Mass Resumes (PDF).

 

Please review the Important Information below each time you attend Mass.

 

Attending Mass on Sundays:

  • Anyone wishing to attend Sunday Mass must pre-register, either online (below) or by calling the office during regular office hours. The deadline to register for Sunday Mass times is 7:30am on Sunday.
  • The 9:00am Mass will continue to be live-streamed, and is also open to the public.
    • Because there is singing, masks are required to be worn by all attendees at this Mass as per provincial regulations. Masks are not provided by the church; please bring your own.
  • The 9:00am & 11:00am Mass times are usually either quite full or filled to our legal capacity. Consider attending the 1:00pm or 6:30pm Mass time instead.
  • We are often celebrating Confirmation and First Communion at our 1:00pm and 6;30pm Mass times (and sometimes also 11:00am).
  • Once reaching our legal limit for attendees, no one else will be permitted to attend. Please pre-register so that we can ensure you have a space.

Attending Mass on Weekdays:

  • Pre-registration is no longer required except for special events. Please sign in when you arrive.
  • We still need volunteer Readers on weekdays.

 

Register to attend Sunday Mass in September:

Please review the Important Information below each time you attend Mass. The deadline to register for Sunday Mass times is 7:30am on that date unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, September 20: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

* Note: Registration for Sept 20 will close on Friday, Sept 18 at 4:00pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, September 27: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

* Note: Registration for Sept 27 will close on Friday, Sept 25 at 4:00pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Register to attend Sunday Mass or special events in October:

Please review the Important Information below each time you attend Mass. The deadline to register for Sunday Mass times is 7:30am on that date unless otherwise noted.

 

               Friday, October 2: Register for 10:00am Homeschool Mass Register for 6:30pm Children's Holy Hour

 

        Sunday, October 4:   Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

                     * Note: A Compasionate Healers Mass will be held at the 9:00am Mass on October the 4th. All are welcome. 

 

          Sunday, October 11: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

 

          Sunday, October 18: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

 

               Tuesday, October 20: Register for 7:00pm for Confirmation & First Communion only

 

          Sunday, October 25: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

 

               Tuesday, October 27: Register for 7:00pm for Confirmation & First Communion only

 

Typical Public Mass Schedule:

  • Sundays @ 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 6:30pm. Pre-registration is required.
    • The 9:00am Mass will continue to be live-streamed, and is also open to the public.
    • Because there is singing, masks are required to be worn by all attendees at the 9:00am Mass as per provincial regulations. Masks are not provided by the church; please bring your own.
  • Mondays @ 12:15pm.
  • Tuesdays @ 12:15pm.
  • Wednesdays @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm. Starting in October, the 5:00pm Mass will change to 7:00pm.
    • The 5:00 Mass will be followed by the Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 6:00pm.
  • Thursdays @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm. Starting in October, there will not be a 5:00pm Mass.
  • Fridays @ 12:15pm.
  • Starting in October, there will be a Mass on Saturdays @ 12:15pm.

Important Information that must be reviewed each time you will be attending Mass:

  1. Anyone attending Mass in person must be in good health. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, do not attend:
    1. Are you feeling sick?
    2. Do you have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath?
    3. Have you travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?
    4. Are you in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19?
    5. Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  2. Attendance will be limited in accordance with the current public health order. Households are expected to maintain a minimum 2m (6') distance between each other. Pews are marked to help facilitate social distancing.
  3. Mass will be kept quite simple, but we need some volunteers.
    • There will not be a choir, except at the 9:00am Sunday Mass, and there are no hymnals available.
    • We will not take up a collection, but have baskets available before and after Mass set up near the doors. The small grey box attached to the front of the Concierge Desk is also available. Alternately, donate now online.
    • We do not have an appointed Reader, so we ask one person attending to proclaim the First Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Second Reading (on Sundays), and Prayers of the Faithful (on Sundays).
    • We do not have scheduled Ushers and Greeters, but ask for volunteers act as an Usher/Greeter to assist. Instructions will be provided; it will not be overly complicated. Please try to arrive at least 20 minutes early. Those who are vulnerable are not encouraged to sign up for this ministry.
    • Because many older individuals are more vulnerable (or more likely to be in contact with others who are vulnerable), we encourage younger parishioners to consider assisting at Mass in these ways.
  4. Communion will be distributed to attendees who wish to receive, but not until after Mass has ended. For example, the priest will receive communion, have a moment of reflection, lead the Prayer After Communion, and then dismiss the people. Then he will sanitize his hands again, put on a mask, and distribute communion to the faithful. After receiving communion, you are welcome to make a brief prayer of thanksgiving and depart.
    • Anyone who wishes to receive communion on the tongue must wait until everyone else has received.
    • If you require low-gluten hosts, please speak with the priest before Mass begins. You will likely be called forward to receive communion first.
  5. We encourage attendees to wear a mask as a precaution and courtesy to others.
    • Masks are required by provincial regulations for anyone singing.
    • Avoid speaking moistly.
  6. Please pray for those who are unable to attend. Many people who would love to be at Mass in person are unable to do so, both in our parish and around the world. We are One Body in Christ. As they suffer, we all suffer. Similarly, as you rejoice at the opportunity to attend Mass again, we all rejoice.
  7. If you have registered to attend, we expect you to show up. If you are unable to do so, please cancel your registration (using the link in your confirmation email) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can extend the opportunity to others.
  8. There still will be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass. Even with best health practices and strict personal distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize there is a risk of contracting the Coronavirus. Improved cleaning will occur, but no one should expect that they will be any safer from germs than in other public spaces.
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