We are reopening June 11

We are reopening June 11!!! Praise be to Almighty God!!!

Sunday Mass signup will open tomorrow.

This afternoon, the provincial government announced revisions to the “Roadmap for Reopening” as they relate to places of worship. The updated measures will result in places of worship opening at 15% capacity in Step 1 and 25% capacity in Step 2. We are grateful to the government for these amendments.

Step 1 of the provincial reopening plan will begin on Friday, June 11 (Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus). I ask all parishes to open churches observing the new capacity restrictions at that time. A reminder of the following:

• For sacramental celebrations, churches are permitted 15 per cent capacity in Step 1.

• Parishes should begin to celebrate public Masses as soon as they are certain they can implement our WorshipSafe health and safety protocols. Holy Communion services should be discontinued once we move into Step 1.

• No meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces during Step 1. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services eg. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings, food bank, etc.) These gatherings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible.

• As in the past, please ensure that all WorshipSafe guidelines are followed. The faithful should be reminded not to congregate in large numbers in or around the church before or after services. Particular attention should be directed to weddings, funerals and baptisms.

• Parish offices should continue to operate at Phase 1 – Parish Offices Closed/Significant Operating Restrictions. Only essential staff in the office. Employees should work remotely wherever possible. Parish offices closed to the public – limited essential appointments only. Staff should take direction from the pastor regarding the local situation on the most prudent approach. In larger parishes, it may be possible to rotate staff if they cannot work remotely.

• Please continue to take great care in implementing robust health and safety measures in the rectory and office. In addition to keeping our parishioners safe, every measure should be taken to protect our clergy, essential staff and any volunteers who are required to assist at this time.

Thank you for your continued co-operation as we make every effort to welcome the faithful in greater numbers once again.

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