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To view our livestream Mass on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., please visit our YouTube Channel at this link: www.youtube.com/channel/UCLOcoMAnBad-2buj_cDMZEQ
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is being offered at St. Theresa on Saturdays from 9:45 – 11 a.m.
Nov. 26, 2020 – Update from the Archdiocese of Edmonton
Celebration of liturgies in the Church:
At this time, weekday and Sunday liturgies celebrated in the church cannot exceed 1/3 church capacity per service or less if required for safe social distancing. The limit for weddings and funeral liturgies is now 10. The Chief Medical Office (CMO) has explained that the distinction they make between weekday and Sunday Masses on the one hand and wedding and funeral liturgies on the other is based on their assessment that the latter pose a higher risk than other liturgies due to the nature of these events. Safe and social distancing among parishioners must continue to be observed. Dispensation of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place until decreed otherwise by the Archbishop.
Wedding and funeral receptions, and social gatherings in parish space:
Receptions and gatherings of any type are not allowed under any circumstances at this time in parish space. These measures will be in place until further notice.
Liturgy of Baptism outside of the Mass: At this time, liturgies of Baptisms within Mass are not allowed. When celebrating liturgies of Baptism outside of Mass, the maximum allowable attendance is 10. If godparents do not belong to the family’s cohort, proper physical distancing should be observed at all times.
Communion on the tongue:
Alberta Bishops have decided not to alter our liturgical restrictions and continue to direct that Holy Communion be received only on the hand.
Use of a mask:
The use of masks is required throughout the entire liturgy by the faithful.
Congregational singing is not allowed and music is only permissible for the following parts of the Mass including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses: Entrance, Preparation of the Altar/Gifts, Communion.
Oct. 6, 2020 – A request to parishioners who attend weekend Mass in person:
To assist our Priests in being able to start Mass on time, and allow the volunteers who are give their time to help keep our parish community healthy, and be seated in church when Mass begins, please register and plan to arrive early. As you know, the designated entrance door opens 1/2 hour prior to Mass.
Your assistance and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
WEARING OF FACE MASKS IN CHURCH: UPDATE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE: August 7, 2020
As you may know, as of August 1st, the wearing of non-medical face masks were made mandatory in public indoor spaces in Edmonton, including churches. (Bylaw 19408). In the interest of consistent practice across the Archdiocese, the Archbishop has directed that masks be worn by all congregants throughout the Mass, with these exceptions:
- Children under the age of 2
- Persons who are unable to manage a mask without assistance
- Those with a mental or physical limitation that makes them unable to wear a mask
- As before, the priest celebrant will not wear a mask during the Liturgy of the Eucharist; he will still be required to wear one before Mass, during the distribution of Holy Communion, and after the final blessing
- Lectors are permitted to remove their mask when proclaiming/reading at the ambo. They should refrain from touching the microphone.
Since the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation still applies, anyone who has difficulty or issues with wearing a mask may want to consider staying home and staying safe at this time.
During Other Activities: All are required to wear masks when inside our church building. This includes coming for committee meeting or parish gatherings, private prayer, baptism or funeral liturgies without Mass, or for meetings with clergy or staff.
Please be advised the following high levels of diligence and extra safety protocols will continue to take place prior, during and at the end of each Mass:
- The total number of participants at each Mass continues to be limited to no more than 100 which will include the celebrant, the reader and the essential volunteer ministers
- To ensure the total number of participants does not exceed 150, all participants will be required to pre-register during the week, Monday to Friday, for the weekend Mass they wish to attend. Please be advised the cut off to register is 9:00 a.m. Friday. Please contact Dany at: email@example.com for more details
- Preference shall be given to parishioners who are Registered members of St. Theresa Parish
- The designated Point of Entry door will be open ½ hour prior to Mass
- Upon arrival participants will be required to answer a series of health and travel-related questions as recommended by Alberta Health Services. The designated Point-of-Entry Team Member will record the names and contact information of all attendees for the purpose of contact tracing if necessary.
- AS STATED IN A LETTER FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE: “It is the law, enforceable by fines, that anyone who is showing symptoms, or has traveled outside the country in the last 14 days, or been near someone who has the virus recently, must self-isolate for 14 days. It is also the law that churches must adhere to public health orders in order to host gatherings for worship which includes asking the attendees these questions. Therefore, the person should not be allowed to enter.”
- Parishioners who arrive late, even though they have registered to attend Mass, will not be able to enter the church once Mass has started
- Sanitizing of hands upon entry and exit is required
- There is a designated door to enter and to exit the church
- Participants will be directed to leave the church promptly at the end of the Mass as extra cleaning of the church will take place and as volunteers prepare to receive participants for the following Mass
- To keep the designated entry and exit doors clear, parishioners who have arranged for a ride will be instructed to wait outside of the church maintaining physical distancing policy
- The MacDonald room will remain locked.
- Children are to remain seated with their parent(s) or guardian during Mass
- Observing physical distancing throughout the celebration is mandatory and participants will be directed to their seat by an usher
- There will be no singing or offering the Sign of Peace and Baptismal fonts will remain empty
- Respect and implement physical distancing at all times
- Weekday morning Mass times are as follows: Mon. – Sat. at 9 a.m.
- Weekday evening Mass will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:25 p.m.
- Weekend Mass (Saturday Vigil/Sunday) will continue at their regular times: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.
- The 10:30 Sunday Mass is also be live-streamed.
Thank you. Your cooperation and assistance in maintaining these directives is greatly appreciated.
Stay safe and God bless,
– Fr. Patrick Baska, Pastor
– Marie Woolgar, Business Administrator, Volunteer & Website Coordinator