Updated Friday, November 6, 2020
Directives for Attending Mass
- The faithful continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays.
- Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue, or who are 65 or older, are strongly encouraged, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Mass.
- Attendance has been limited in accordance with the current public health order. As such, we are able to safely accommodate 150 individuals for each of our Masses. Pre-registration is required for our weekend Masses.
- Households are expected to maintain a minimum 2m (6′) distance between each other.
- Personal distancing continues to be critical to reduce the spread of the virus. Please respect the green markers on the pews and on the floor.
- You will be signed in when you arrive and provided with sanitizer for your hands.
- If you are the first one to arrive at one of our longer pews, please move to the centre of the pew if possible.
- We ask that you please wear your face mask as you enter the church. Once you are seated in your pew, you are required to continue to wear your mask throughout Mass and upon exiting the church. ( public health policy )
- Congregational singing is limited to the Gathering Song and the Gospel Acclamation.
- At St. Philip Neri Parish, Communion is to be received in the hand ONLY.
- As you come forward for Communion, even as a family, please respect the physical distancing as indicated by the green markers on the floor.
- 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 congregation. 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 through the Chapel doors as indicated by the signs.
- There still will be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass. Even with the best health practices and strict personal distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize there is a risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Efficient sanitization is in place, but no one should expect that they are risk free.
- The sacrament of Reconciliation is by appointment only. Please call Fr. Mike Dechant OMI (306) 850-9075 to arrange a date and time.
Please continue to be in support and encouragement of these directives requested by us. Thank you.
Fr. Mike Dechant OMI
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