We are thrilled to open our doors and welcome all to our church!
There are a few new practices, procedures and capacity limitations in place to keep everyone healthy and safe while also supporting the solemnity and joy of the Celebration of the Mass. We thank you for your understanding and patience. All guidelines are subject to change due to the tumultuous nature of these times.
Please self-screen before entering our church
You are asked to stay home if you…
• have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
• have traveled outside Ontario in the last 14 days
• feel sick or experience any of the following symptoms:
• Coughing, wheezing or sore throat
• Fatigue or loss of appetite
• Shortness of breath
• Excessive sputum, mucus or a runny nose
• Aching muscles or headache
• Fever, chills, shaking or confusion
We recommend that the elderly, those who are care for the sick, and those who are immunocompromised refrain from attending Mass during this time. All have been excused from the Sunday Obligation at this time. Our weekend Mass will be streamed online.
For those who plan on joining us
Those over the age of three are encouraged to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.
Please respect physical distancing at all times, even in the parking lot.
Those who plan on coming to church are asked to reserve spots for all their household who will be coming out. Those who do not reserve a spot might not be granted admission into the church. A reservation link will appear on our website and Facebook page on Tuesdays. Those who subscribe to the eBulletin will be sent a reservation link on Mondays.
What to expect
Entry into the church can be made from the front door only. After arriving, worshippers are asked to wait at the front doors of our church to receive direction from a hospitality minister. While waiting to enter, please respect physical distancing guidelines. Those requiring extra assistance are invited to use our lift; please speak with one of the hospitality ministers.
Our hospitality ministers will assist in sanitizing hands and guiding worshippers to a seat within the church. Worshippers may not get to choose where they sit. Please remain in your assigned pew. Markings in your pew will help keep an appropriate distance from other worshippers. At this time, there is no Children’s liturgy. Children are asked to remain in the pew with their family.
For the convenience of worshippers, one bathroom is available. This bathroom can be found through the doorway at the front of the church under the statue of St. Joseph.
A collection will not be taken up. Instead, those who join us are invited to deposit their offering into a box found at the entrance either before or after the Mass. Alternatively, visit give.stjoeschurch.ca to make an online offering or set up eGive automatic giving.
For the reception of Communion, remain in your pew until invited by a hospitality minister. While in line, please respect the physical distancing markers on the floor. When it is your turn to receive Communion, please remove your mask and gloves; all are asked to receive in the hand for the time being. When you have reached the final marker before the minister you will be shown the Blessed Sacrament as the minister says, “The Body of Christ”. After responding, “Amen”, come forward to receive, consume the Eucharist and then return to your pew.
Those who wish to receive a blessing can indicate so by crossing their arms across their chest while remaining at the final marker before the minister.
At the end of Mass, please remain in your pew until a hospitality minister invites you to exit through the front doors of the church. Alert the hospitality minister if you require use of our lift.
Just a few more points for the time being
- The parish office is closed.
- Parish groups will hold meetings and events virtually.
- Our parish hall remains closed.
- Our priest is only taking telephone appointments.
- The Confessional is closed but the Sacrament of Reconciliation is regularly available in the parking lot on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 6:15pm.
- The Oratory is not yet open.