Guidelines for Returning to Mass

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta in June released directives for the gradual reinstatement of public celebrations of the Mass.

Certain conditions must be met so congregants can safely return to Mass. 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

  • Expanded attendance limits as of June 15, determined by the parishes and dependent on building size, staff and volunteer capacity.
  • Attendees are expected to wear their own non-medical masks, 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 6’ physical distancing requirement.
  • Anyone who has symptoms of sickness must remain home.
  • 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.
  • 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.