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Attending Mass with Restrictions Featured

Updated Monday, August 10. Next planned update: no later than August 17.

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).

 

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

 

Register to attend August 9 - 15:

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

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

Weekdays, August 10-15: Register for Weekdays

Register to attend August 16 - 22:

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

Sunday, August 16: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

Weekdays, August 17-22: Register for Weekdays

Typical Public Mass Schedule:

  • Anyone wishing to attend any 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.
  • Sundays @ 9:00am.
    • 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.
  • Sundays @ 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 6:30pm.
  • Mondays @ 12:15pm.
  • Tuesdays @ 12:15pm.
  • Wednesdays @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm.
    • The 5:00 Mass will be followed by the Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 6:00pm. Please register separately for both the Mass and the Devotion.
  • Thursdays @ 12:15pm & 5:00pm.
  • Fridays @ 12:15pm.

We expect to have about a 2-week schedule available, typically posted/updated by about 4:00pm on Mondays, but there are some delays as we continue to adapt. All Mass times are tentative and subject to change week-to-week while we sort out options but we are looking forward to them becoming much more consistent.

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.
    • All sections are now open and available to everyone, both on Sundays and on Weekdays.
    • We ask that you help ensure that adequate safe distances are maintained at all times.
  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. We are tentatively no longer limiting the frequency of attending Sunday or weekday Mass, but registration is still required for all Mass times. The deadline to register for Sunday Mass times is 7:30am on Sunday.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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