Dear Friends and Parishioners,
Following the directives of the Archbishop, finally we can be back to celebrate in church TOGETHER. PLEASE FOLLOW THE “TIMELINE” HERE BELOW. Please read carefully the instructions here below and try to follow them. With the cooperation of all, we can go back to normal time as before.
IN PARTICULAR: Morning daily Mass for all begins Wednesday June 17 (with mass at 8:00am and mass at 7:00pm).
WEEKEND of June 20 – Saturday (19) at 6:00pm – Sunday (20) at 8:30am – 10:00am (Italian) 11:00am – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
WEEKEND of June 27 – We go back to the original schedule: 8:30am – 10:00am (Italian) 11:30am – 1:00pm – 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Spanish)
Timeline FOR RE-OPENING of churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
June 12 – 13, 2020 – period of preparation for parishes. Churches remain closed.
Sunday, June 14, 2020 – On the feast of Corpus Christi, parishes are asked to open their doors throughout the day for private prayer and adoration only.
Monday, June 15, 2020 – Churches may open for private prayer.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – Churches may open for private prayer.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – Churches may begin to celebrate daily Mass for the public. Please note the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 19) and the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (June 20).
Weekend of June 20/21, 2o20 – weekend Masses may resume.
Please note that as per government direction regrading capacity, churches are limited to 30% of their worship space. Funerals and weddings are restricted to 10 people including the presider at this time. Further protocols and procedures can be found in the Archdiocese of Toronto “Return to Church” documents.
REMINDERS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO MASS.
(For Seniors and those who have medic al conditions there is NO OBLIGATION (=they do not have to confess) for the SUNDAY MASS, so they can continue following the mass by streaming).
FOR THOSE WHO DECIDE TO COME TO CHURC AND TO MASS:
1 – Wear your own mask and if you like your gloves.
2 – Sanitize your hands before and after the mass. (There will be
sanitizers available at the entrance of the church).
3 – There will be only one entrance (next to the office).
4 – ALWAYS maintain your social distance (2 meters).
5 – Sit only in the marked section of the pews.
6 – No singing (only the choir).
7 – No sign of peace. (A simple bow).
8 – Communion only in the hand. You remain in your place and the minister will come to you. If you want to receive in the tongue you will wait till the end of the mass and then PRIVATELY the priest will give it to you.
9 – No collection will be taken during the mass. Collection baskets will be at the entrance of the church; you may deposit your offering either entering or exiting the church.
10 – When entering or exiting, please keep the distance from the person in front of you.
11 – We will have 75 seats available in the main church; another 20 in the balcony. If necessary, we will open the MAIN HALL for another 60 people if necessary. The celebration in the hall can be followed on live screen and the ministers will bring communion down after they have served communion upstairs.
12 – The Church will be sanitized after each mass (pews, kneelers, seats, rails, doors) but if you go to pray during the week YOU HAVE TO SANITIZE your own seat (supplies will be available).
13 – Bathrooms will be available ONLY FOR EMERGENCY. And can be used only one person at a time and be sanitized after each use.
There will be at least 4 volunteers and ushers to direct you in and out of the church. –
ALWAYS FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS of ushers and volunteers.
THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION.