Safely worshiping at our church

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We continue to follow the Provincial health regulations. Challenged with numerous illnesses which may or may not test positive as COVID, all who come to our church are asked to please treat all cold and/or flu like symptoms as if they are covid for the safety of our employees, clergy, visitors and those who worship at our church.

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.

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.

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.

An All Virus Approach

  • The province of Ontario is moving away from COVID-19-specific guidance in favour of an “all-virus approach,” meaning the new guidelines will apply to other illnesses such as the flu as well.
  • Here are the guidelines outlined for the general public:
  • If you have symptoms of any respiratory illness, stay home until symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.
  • If you have a fever, stay home until it’s completely gone.
  • If you have gastrointestinal symptoms, stay home until symptoms have improved for at least 48 hours.
  • After isolating at home, wear a mask in public for 10 days since the onset of symptoms.
  • If sick, avoid non-essential visits to vulnerable or older people for a full 10 days starting the day after symptoms appear — including visits to high-risk settings such as long-term care homes and hospitals.
  • If you’re in the same household as someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19, mask in public spaces, even if you feel better, and avoid vulnerable individuals and settings for 10 days after exposure. Isolate immediately if you develop symptoms.

Further to the guidelines noted above, these three points are emphasized:

  • continue wearing a mask when “it’s right for you”,
  • be up to date with all vaccinations, and
  • stay home if you are sick.

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.”