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 30 individuals for each of our Masses. We ask that you pre-register for all Masses. To register for a Mass, please go HERE.
- 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.
- An usher will note your attendance when you arrive and provide you 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, throughout Mass, and upon exiting the church. ( public health policy )
- We are only allowing congregational singing at the Gathering Song and the Gospel Acclamation.
- The celebrant will distribute Communion 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.
- The celebrant will distribute Communion 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.
Please continue to be in support and encouragement of these directives. Thank you.
Fr. Mike Dechant OMI
Wherever you go, go with God…whenever you go, go make a difference!