Livestream Sunday Mass on YouTube!
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.
January 4, 2021
Question: Can I wear a face shield and attend Mass?
Answer: Face masks are the requirement for participation at mass in person. Other forms of face covering like a face shield without a mask do not follow the mandatory liturgical requirements. Parishioners who are unable to wear a mask properly (covering both the nose and mouth), are unwilling to wear a mask, or who have concerns about participating in person are always welcome to join us virtually.
December 8, 2020
Changes to our guidelines pertaining to liturgical celebrations and the use of parish space in light of the announcement made on December 8th by the Alberta Government regarding stronger public health measures:
New Restrictions: Effective December 13th – All Masses are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. (At the Parish of St. Theresa that means no more then 211 people which includes the priest and volunteers). Effective December 8th – All indoor and outdoor social gatherings, public and private are prohibited.
Additional Safety Measures: Face masks are mandatory and must cover your nose and mouth. As mentioned above, should you choose to wear a face shield, you must also wear a face mask. The limit for weddings and funeral liturgies remains at 10.
- Safe and physical distancing among parishioners must continue to be observed at all times
- 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
- 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
- Alberta Bishops have decided not to alter our liturgical restrictions and continue to direct that Holy Communion be received only on the hand
- Congregational singing is not allowed and music is only permissible for the following parts of the Mass: Entrance, Preparation of the Altar/Gifts, Communion
- To assist our Priests in being able to start Mass on time, and allow the volunteers to be seated in church when Mass begins, we ask you to please register and plan to arrive early
- The designated Point of Entry door will be open ½ hour prior to Mass
- To ensure the total number of participants does not exceed 211, all attendees 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
- Upon arrival attendees 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
- Please use the designated entrance door to enter the church
- Participants will be directed to leave the church promptly at the end of the Mass, by using the designated exit door, 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