We have been in receipt of several important Diocesan letters and area Health Unit (https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/) notifications concerning the COVID-19 or Coronavirus. This past Friday our Archbishop addressed a letter to the Faithful and a letter to the Clergy of the diocese answering many of the questions that are being asked of us. In order to be as transparent as possible, we have placed both letters below and in the parish bulletin. Currently, we plan to maintain our Mass and Adoration schedule, accessing the situation on a daily basis. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Jan or Deacon Brent at your convenience.
As we continue to exercise due diligence and caution at this time please be aware that we will be making small but important changes within our liturgies, limiting or postponing most planned church events and meetings, and ask our various church groups to take extra care until the situation wains. You may be aware that it has been our custom to make use of hand sanitizers before, during and even after the liturgy, particularly at the time of Holy Communion. This is not new to us and will continue.
Please note, we will not be omitting The Sign of Peace from the celebration of the Eucharist. However, shaking hands is not necessary. Instead, kindly offer the Sign of Peace by a reverent bow and a simple “Peace be with you,”
In a spirit of charity, concern for others and to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we ask that those who are sick, feeling unwell or vulnerable to sickness, refrain from attending Mass at present.
We encourage those who do not attend Mass, as well as those who do but who choose not to receive Holy Communion due to fear of contamination, “to make an act of Spiritual Communion.”
Thank you for your faithfulness and prayers at this trying time for our Church, our community, our family, friends and neighbours.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)