Updated Monday, June 15.
Directives for the Resumption of the Celebration of the Eucharist
The following directives are meant to be read and discussed in light of Fr. Mike’s Pastoral Message for May 17, 2020 (The “burning bush” is every person, every personal experience in life where God wants to show himself, to make himself real … “to stand on holy ground”.) – and according to the detailed directives of the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese and Public Health.
Five things to be mindful as we gather for Eucharist at St. Philip Neri Parish:
1. The general dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains.
With the continued threat of COVID-19, no one is required to attend Sunday Mass.
So, we seriously ask:
- If you live with a compromised or vulnerable health condition, know that any obligation to attend mass is dispensed for you.
- If you show any signs of illness (fever, chills, sneezing, coughing, dripping nose) STAY AT HOME / RESTEZ A LA MAISON.
- If you have travelled outside the country in the past 14 days, please stay home. You must first properly isolate yourself without symptoms before attending church – this is in accordance with the national, provincial and local health directives.
Please Note: we are hoping, in the near future, to provide live-streaming from St. Philip Neri Parish on each Sunday.
2. Attendance will be limited: 90 individuals as of June 16, 2020.
An on-line program is available to register your names for Mass.
Registration is mandatory! You will not be able to “just drop in” for Mass.
There are 3 options in which to register:
- Our preferred option: online through the Parish website.
- Send your email address to the Parish Office, at and we will email back the link for you to use to register. This option is ONLY available during Office hours, which are Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and 1:00 – 4 pm.
- Phone-in your request, at (306) 343-0325 and the Front Office staff will register your name. This option is ONLY available during regular Office hours. Please do not leave a message. It will NOT guarantee registration at Mass.
We seriously ask you to reconsider your attendance at Mass if:
- You struggle with compromised or vulnerable health concerns, or are the caregiver of someone in compromised health
- You have small children who would find the restrictions overwhelming.
As we begin this new venture of celebrating the Eucharist, please come early enough to help us organize ourselves to be comfortable in this new setting.
Please be patient as we slowly sort out our best seating plan.
3. Personal distancing must be consistently practised.
- Benches will me marked with tape indicating proper spacing.
- Families (with 3 and more) can sit together in the shorter benches. For a family member who lives in a different house than his/her parents, you must find a separate place – close but separate.
- A couple or 2 people from the same house can sit together at the end or in the middle of the long benches – with only a maximum of 4 people in that bench.
- NOTE: Seating is available ONLY in every second bench – please read the sign at the end of the bench.
- Due to the confined area of the washrooms, ONLY ONE PERSON is allowed in the washroom at any time … FOR SERIOUS EMERGENCY ONLY. We also ask you to carefully wipe down with paper towel and disinfectant everything you touch … and please wash your hands.
- Out of respect for those who have allergies, please come scent-free.
Before entering the Church:
- If you have any pending health concerns, it is recommended that you check your temperature at home, before coming to Church.
- Conversation and hospitality are always encouraged – “from a distance!”
- Masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
When entering the Church:
- Come in the front doors only. The back door from the parking lot will be locked.
- Feel free to greet and acknowledge others as you enter the Church – keeping the expected distance (no hugs, handshakes, elbow bumps).
- The Church doors will be propped open so that you don’t have to touch anything to enter.
- Welcomers, ushers and other volunteers are to wear a mask.
- Welcomers will greet you and spray your hands with a sanitizer.
- As you enter the Church, please do not stop to visit; take your coat to the bench.
- Proceed directly to your seat, respecting your distancing from others. A Welcomer will direct you to a vacant or appropriate place in the Church.
- Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the Church. However, due to the shortage of sanitizers, it is best for you to bring your own.
- The Cry Room and the balcony are “out of bounds”. Crayons and coloring paper will not be available for the children.
- Church doors will be propped open again on your exit.
4. Pending Liturgical Changes:
- The Sign of Peace will continue to be expressed in word only.
- There will be no slips of paper concerning the Family Intentions.
- There will be no collection taken during Mass. Please leave your contribution or envelope in the basket at the back of the Church.
- There will be no weekly Parish Bulletin after Mass – information is now available by email and on the Parish website. Information is also available on the Parish Facebook page.
- Hard copies of all Parish information will be made available (hand delivered, when possible) only to those who do not have access by email or the website.
- The holy water font will remain empty until further notice.
- Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the Church.
Other changes specifically related to the celebration of the Eucharist
- Only the Main Celebrant is present in the sanctuary. Only the Celebrant receives from the cup.
- One Lector will come forward for all the readings and return to his/her place.
- There will be no Offertory procession, but an usher can bring the collection to the altar.
- There will be no altar servers.
- Sorry … there will be no Children’s Liturgy.
- The distribution/reception of Communion will be at the very end of Mass (after the final prayer and Blessing).
- At St. Philip Neri Parish, there will be no Communion on the tongue.
- You may come forward “for a blessing” – the priest will extend his hand over you and pray a Blessing – with no touch.
- The priest will put on a mask and sanitize before and after the distribution of Communion.
- Come up the centre aisle ONLY – keeping your distance on the designated markings. NOTE: If you require a gluten-free Eucharist, please come forward first.
- When approaching the priest, the communicant should make a slight bow of the head, receive the host in the hand, step to the side and consume the host.
- After you receive communion, you are asked to quietly exit the Church and maintain that silence until you are outside.
- Visiting can resume outside – on the lawn and sidewalk. Please maintain social distancing.
5. There still will be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass. Even with the best health practises and strict personal distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Sanitizing and cleaning will constantly occur in our church, but no one should expect that they will be any safer from the virus than in other public spaces.
- All books, hymnals, missalettes, papers, etc. have been removed from the pews. NOTE: Parishioners are encouraged, if you wish, to bring your own missalette or prayer book for use during the celebration of Eucharist – please do not leave it in the bench.
- The pews, lectionary and microphone, and other high traffic areas of the church will be wiped down before the next service.
- Washroom facilities, door handles, push plates, etc. will be sanitized after each service.
An on-going schedule at SPN Parish - from your Oblate Team:
- Daily Mass will be Monday to Friday – 8:30 am and 7 pm
- Saturday Mass – 5 pm (as per usual)
- Sunday masses – 9:30 am and 11:30 am (as per usual)
HOWEVER, because seating is limited – especially on Saturday night and Sunday morning Masses, we ask that you choose a day of the week that best fits your family prayer life and choose that day as your “Sunday prayer time”, even though it may not be on the Saturday/Sunday. If you are able to attend week-day Masses on a regular basis, we would graciously ask you to leave “your space” for others on the weekend. That way we are hoping to accommodate more people to attend Eucharist – we don’t want to turn anyone away!
NOTE: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is by appointment only … please Call Fr. Mike directly, at (306) 850-9075.