To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Bishop Daniel Miehm, in compliance with directives from the Province of Ontario, has asked that certain modifications be made to the schedules and capacities of all churches, chapels and parish offices. The bishop dispenses all Catholics residing in the Diocese from the Sunday Obligation until churches are able to open safely.
Baptisms, Funerals and Weddings
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals can be celebrated but only ten people, including the Celebrant, can be in attendance. Parents are still able to prepare for the Baptism of their child. Preparation is done online at whatever pace parents set. After preparing, parents can contact the parish priest to set a date.
Sunday and Daily Masses
All publicly celebrated Masses Sunday are suspended. However, our priests will continue to celebrate Mass and will honour already arranged Mass intentions. Those who have already arranged for a Mass intention are welcome to reschedule their Mass intention if they so wish. Email the office to make such arrangements. Sunday Mass will continue to be streamed online at the regular Mass times.
Daily Mass will be publicly celebrated according to the usual schedule. However, capacity is limited to 10 people, including the celebrant.
Adoration and Confession
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available on Saturdays between 6 and 8pm and Sundays between 10am and noon in the church. However, only ten people will be permitted in the church at one time. Concurrently, a priest will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Adoration.
The parish office is closed. Feel free to call and leave a message, but messages will be checked only infrequently. Email checked more regularly. Mass Intentions can be arranged online. Priests can be reached by email or phone. Arrange a phone call with a priest if you wish.
Meetings, Groups and Food Bank
All in person activities, meetings and groups are suspended. Groups may meet or arrange activities online. The essential service of the Food Bank will continue to operate.
Sacramental Preparation for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation continues to take place online.
Participate in the Sunday Mass virtually:
All are encouraged to participate by praying an ‘Act of Spiritual Communion’
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
The St. Vincent de Paul food bank will continue to serve those in need.
In the meantime, all are encouraged to pray for all those affected by COVID-19, perhaps through this prayer written by Pope Francis:
Pope Francis Offers a Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for Protection from COVID-19
“O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross was near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.”