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Attending Mass with Restrictions Featured

Updated Mon, July 13. Next planned update: likely July 14 at 4:00pm.

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).

 

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

 

Register to attend July 12 - 18:

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

Weekdays, July 13-18: Register for Weekdays

Register to attend July 19 - 25:

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

Sunday, July 19: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

Weekdays, July 20-25: Register for Weekdays

Register to attend July 26 - August 1: (coming soon)

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

Sunday, July 26: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

Weekdays, July 27 - August 1: Register for Weekdays

Register to attend August 2 - 8: (coming soon)

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

Sunday, August 2: Register for 9:00am Register for 11:00am Register for 1:00pm Register for 6:30pm

Weekdays, August 3-8: Register for Weekdays

Register to attend August 9 - 15: (coming soon)

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

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

 

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.
  • Sundays @ 9:00am.
    • The 9:00am Mass will continue to be live-streamed, and will also be open to the public.
    • Because there is singing at this Mass, 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.
    • For Sundays you will register to sit in a specific section. See the map at the right (click for a larger view) for more detail.
      • Some sections will be particularly labelled (in the registration form) to allow for maximum seating.
      • For families/households:
        • New: Sections F-1, F-2, F-3, and F-4 are now open. Each section can only seat two families, one in each open pew. It is ideal if larger households (5-10 people) fill each of these spaces.
        • Other sections may be labelled for families of a certain size or larger. (A family of 5 requires much less spacing than 5 individuals.)
        • Please fill up these sections as much as possible before sitting in the general seating areas, especially at the busier Mass times.
      • For individuals:
        • Choose seating in any section which is not labelled for larger families.
        • If these general seating areas are filled, you may register to sit in a section labelled for families if necessary (but not the F sections).
    • For weekdays we will have signage indicating which sections are available, and 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. 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.
  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.
  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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