Guidelines for Returning to Mass

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta in June released directives for the gradual reinstatement of public celebrations of the Mass. These have been updated as circumstances and guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Special procedures and guidelines are set in place and have been developed to coincide with the first stage of the Alberta Relaunch Strategy. These are not permanent changes, but rather temporary adjustments to our normal practice taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Attendance

Updated Dec. 10, 2020
  • In compliance with new guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the church capacity is 150 including volunteers. 

Safety Protocols

  • Masks are mandatory. Attendees are expected to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit, answer self-assessment health check questions, and provide contact information (name and phone number) before entering the church.
  • Attendees should also expect to sit in designated pews to ensure the 6-foot physical distancing requirement. Come early to allow time for screening.
  • Anyone with symptoms or the especially vulnerable are asked to stay home. Archbishop Smith has granted to all the Catholic faithful a dispensation from their Sunday obligation during this time.
  • Enter at designated entrance door (for sign-up) and exit through front doors directly after Mass (no social gathering inside the church).

Liturgical Practices

  • No handshaking during the Sign of Peace.
  • At this time, Holy Communion may only be received in the hand and there will be no distribution of the Precious Blood. (Keep your mask on until you have received Eucharist on your hand. Step to the side to remove your mask and consume. Then put your mask back on before returning to your seat.)
  • Singing during Mass is not allowed during this phase, as it has been shown to increase the spread of respiratory droplets which can infect others. A cantor alone will sing at specific times during mass.
  •  We invite you to join us each Saturday at 5 pm for livestreamed mass from the parish here (below) or on Facebook and Youtube.