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Attending Mass with Restrictions Featured

Updated Monday, June 1. Next planned update: June 8 at 3:00pm.

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

Anyone wishing to attend any 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).

 

For the week of May 31 - June 6, the public Mass schedule is:

  • Sunday, May 31 @ 10:15am, 11:30am, & 12:30pm.
    • The 9:00am Mass will continue to be live-streamed, but will not be open to the public at this time.
  • Monday, June 1 @ 12:15pm.
  • Tuesday, June 2 @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm.
  • Wednesday, June 3 @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm.
  • Thursday, June 4 @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm.
  • Friday, June 5 @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm. Also see: Fridays: Days of Prayer and Fasting.

For the week of June 7-13, the public Mass schedule is:

  • Sunday, June 7 @ 10:30am, 11:30am, & 12:30pm.
    • The 9:00am Mass will continue to be live-streamed, but will not be open to the public at this time.
  • Monday, June 8 @ 12:15pm.
  • Tuesday, June 9 @ 12:15pm.
  • Wednesday, June 10 @ 12:15pm.
  • Thursday, June 11 @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm.
  • Friday, June 12 @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm. Also see: Fridays: Days of Prayer and Fasting.

We expect to have a 2-week schedule available, typically posted/updated by about 3:00pm on Mondays, but there are some delays as we slowly start this process.

Also check out: Mass Is (mostly) Cancelled, So What Else Can We Do? for ways of staying connected during this season.

Important Information

  1. Anyone attending Mass in person must be in good health. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please 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. As such, a maximum of 10 people (including the presiding priest or bishop, increasing to 30 on June 8) are permitted to gather. Households are expected to maintain a minimum 2m (6') distance between each other. Pews are marked to help facilitate social distancing.
  3. On Sundays, the doors to the church will remain locked until 15 minutes before Mass so that we have adequate time to properly clean and sanitize the areas. They will be locked again after Mass begins in order to manage the health restrictions. On Weekdays, the doors to the church will be locked at 5:00pm, just before Mass begins. 
  4. Mass will be kept quite simple. There will not be a choir, and there are no hymnals available. We do not have an appointed Lector, so we ask one person attending to proclaim the First Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Second Reading (on Sundays), and Prayers of the Faithful (on Sundays).
  5. 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.
  6. We encourage attendees to wear a mask as a precaution and courtesy to others. Avoid speaking moistly.
  7. Please do not sign up for more than one Sunday Mass each month and/or one Weekday Mass each week, at most. We would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to attend Mass in person. It will take weeks or months for eveyone who wishes to attend to be able to do so.
    • If you would like to attend an additional day, we ask that you wait until the day of that Mass and then either sign up online or contact the office to see if there is still an opening.
  8. 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.
  9. If you have registered to attend, we expect you to show up. If you are unable to do so, please 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.
  10. 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. Those who are considered vulnerable (such as those who are included in this list from the Government of Canada) are encouraged to stay home.
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