Safely worshiping during the pandemic

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, capacities and practices of all churches, chapels, parish offices and halls. Until churches are able to fully open safely, the bishop dispenses all Catholics residing in the Diocese from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass.

COVID-19 Updates from the Diocese of Peterborough

Most important: those joining us for worship are expected to self-screen before entering our church or other spaces. Please stay home even if experiencing mild symptoms.

All who enter our church or buildings are required to wear appropriate face masks or coverings unless they have a medical exemption (until March 21st 2022).

After every Sunday liturgy, the church space, pews and common contact points will be sanitized. The church is also cleaned throughout the week.

Currently, there are no capacity restrictions nor need for any to provide evidence of vaccination. There is also no need for contact tracing.

Sunday Mass and some daily Masses continue to be streamed online. See the parish website for the current schedule.

During Communion, those wishing to receive on the tongue are asked to go to the priest only and come up at the end of the Communion line..

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available according to the schedule. Our Confessional has been updated with appropriate barriers to keep all safe.

The parish office is open on Tuesdays from 2pm to 7pm and Thursdays from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Outside these hours, feel free to call and leave a message. Email is checked regularly. Mass Intentions can be arranged online. Priests can be reached by email or phone. Arrange a phone call or online or in person meeting with a priest if you wish.

Sacramental Preparation for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation continues to take place online.

Our Local health units or municipality may issue orders or recommendations related to the wearing of face masks if the infection levels increase in a specific area. Our church will comply with any such orders.

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.”