Sample Announcement re Mandatory Use of Masks
(for pulpit use and through parish communication channels)
Notice to Parishioners – New By-Law Requires Mandatory Use of Masks at Church
I want to thank all of you for your co-operation and kindness as we have returned to church over these
past weeks. It has been so great to see parishioners once again and I thank everyone who has been so
helpful in this re-opening stage, especially our wonderful volunteers. Thank you!
As you may have heard in recent days, a new by-law has been passed that makes the use of masks or face coverings inside all public places mandatory. This includes churches and our own parish. I would
ask that all those coming to church bring a mask or face covering and wear it upon entering the church.
I recognize that this may be an inconvenience yet I know that we are all committed to caring for our neighbour and those around us. While a number of restrictions have been lifted in recent days, we are
still in the middle of a pandemic and need to take the appropriate steps to minimize any potential spread of Covid-19. So while the Archdiocese of Toronto had highly recommended wearing a mask
while in church and I know that most of you have been doing so, it is now a by-law that we must follow.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation as we do all that we can to take care of one another and keep our community safe and healthy.

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.