Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Back to "Normal" (???) Featured

Effective July 11, 2021, all Public Health restrictions were lifted. So what does that look like at Holy Family? Effective September 17, face masks are again required for all attendees, visitors, meetings, etc.

This page is a work in progress. We'll keep this page updated over the coming weeks & months.

 

Some initial changes:

  • All of the temporary Mass times due to COVID have been removed (i.e., no more Saturday evening Mass times, and no Sunday at 1:00pm Mass).
  • We are no longer taking pre-registrations, and you won't need to sign in at all.
  • The number of attendees will no longer be artificially restricted.
  • Those who are not elderly or health compromised are strongly encouraged to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
    • The dispensation to the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass continues to remain in effect.

 

New Sunday Mass schedule:

9:00 am (also typically live-streamed at saskatoonmass.com)

11:00 am (Note: This is changed from our pre-COVID schedule. Mass is not at 11:30 am.)

6:30 pm

We will no longer offer Saturday evening Mass.

 

What to Expect at Mass:

  • When arriving:
    • Masks are required.
    • Enter through the main entrance, just like before COVID.
    • Hand sanitizer is available for use, especially at the main entrance.
    • Some pews will remain blocked off, helping to naturally encourage distancing between families.
    • All Mass times (both Sundays & weekdays) will be held in the main worship space.
      • The 12:15 pm Mass will occasionally be in the Queen of Peace Chapel (down the hallway past the washrooms; e.g., due to weddings).
  • During Mass:
    • Masks are required.
    • Otherwise, things are mostly back to the way they were before.
    • There will (likely) be a choir at most Sunday Mass times, especially at the 9:00am and 11:00am.
    • We won't have a collection yet, but have baskets set up. Please place your offering in the basket, donate online, or sign up for pre-authorized giving.
    • Kneeling at the Consecration: If you haven't attended since before COVID, we now kneel immediately after the Holy Holy (Sanctus), slightly earlier than before.
    • Sign of Peace: We continue to use a simple gesture, such as a reverent bow, to avoid physical contact.
    • Ministries are slowly being added and increased back to normal. See below for more details.
  • Holy Communion:
    • The priest, and any additional communion ministers, will santize their hands prior to distributing communion, as well as intermittently as necessary. They will wear masks while distributing communion.
    • Communion will only be under the form of the consecrated bread at this time. Communion from the chalice will not be available.
    • Please receive communion in the hand, step aside to remove your mask and consume the blessed sacrament, and then replace your mask and return to your seat.
    • Those who wish to receive communion on the tongue should wait and be the last to receive.
    • When Mass is live streamed (i.e., typically the 9:00am Mass), communion may be distributed after the final blessing and hymn.
  • After Mass:
    • During this Year of St. Joseph, we are often reciting Pope Francis' prayer to St. Joseph after the final blessing. Prayer cards are available to pray along, or online at mass.carrd.co
    • Hand sanitizer is available for use, especially at the main exit.

 

Safety Measures:

We're not out of the woods yet. We will continue to have increased cleaning and sanitation.

  • Sunday Obligation: The dispensation to the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass continues to remain in effect. That said, those who are not elderly or health compromised are strongly encouraged to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
  • Masks: Masks are again required at all times.
  • Cleaning: We continue to clean and sanitize commonly touched areas frequently.
  • Number of Attendees: If you are not comfortable attending Mass with a larger number of people, the 6:30pm Sunday Mass and every weekday Mass time have fewer attendees.
  • Distancing: Until we need more seating, we are keeping every second pew blocked off to naturally encourage some distance between households.

 

Ministries:

If you're interested in getting back into any of our liturgical ministries, sign up at holyfamilycathedral.ca/msp or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Right now we're aiming for:

  • 2 Greeters
  • 2-3 Ushers
  • 1-2 Communion Ministers (masks required)
  • 1-2 Readers
  • 1 Coordinator
  • 1 Sound Tech

We'll be expanding and adding everything else back as appropriate, but we don't want to rush things.

Current Guidelines for Ministries: (as of July 8)

 

Still to Come:

  • Other ministries, such as altar servers, concierge desk, sacristan, etc.
  • Collection baskets?
  • Presentation of the Gifts
  • Communion from the Chalice (likely not for a good while)
  • Sign of Peace back to normal (likely not for a good while)
  • Coffee after Mass
  • Pancake Breakfasts
  • Holy Water running in the baptismal font.

 


 

See Bishop Mark Hagemoen's letter: Lifting of Pubilic Health Restrictions & Directives for Sacraments in COVID-19 (June 30, 2021)

 

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