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.
Stage 2 Restrictions – effective June 10, 2021
The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton will continue to respect and implement any restrictions set by the provincial government in its ongoing efforts to protect public health against the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus. In summary, the restrictions are as follows:
- Places of worship – The capacity limit for in-person attendance is 1/3 of the fire code occupancy. For St. Theresa Parish, no more than 211 attendees which includes the celebrant, the reader and volunteers. Distribution of Communion on the tongue is temporarily not allowed in Stage 2.
- Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted
- Funerals – continue to have a maximum of 20 people. This number does not include facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited).
- Wedding ceremonies – May now have up to 20 people. Weddings continue to include the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers. The Alberta government and AHS now include photographers and videographers in the 20 people attendance. The Archdiocese does not consider the soloist and instrumentalist as part of the 20 people allowed.
- Baptisms – In-person attendance for Baptism is 20 people. This does not include the celebrant. Proper physical distancing and the use of masks are required during the celebration of the rite.
- Mausoleum – The capacity limit for in-person attendance is 1/3 of the fire code occupancy.
- Confirmation – Pastor’s may confer the Sacrament of the Confirmation, especially if the parish postponed the celebration due to the recent restrictions.
- Visitation to the Sick – During Stage 2, a priest or deacon may take Holy Communion to the sick. If visitation is to a hospital or nursing home, adherence to the institution’s admission and risk mitigation policies are required.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Adoration continues to be permitted, provided that adherence be given to canonical guidelines and proper physical distancing and mask use.
- Outdoor social gatherings – with proper distancing, allowed up to 20 people.
- Indoor social gatherings – are not permitted
In addition, the following restrictions must also continue to be observed:
- Safe and physical distancing between households must be maintained at all times and participants will be directed to their seat by an usher.
- Face masks are mandatory and must cover your nose and mouth. Should you choose to wear a face shield, you must also wear a face mask.
- In person faith group meetings and other religious gatherings are not permitted in private homes.
- 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.
- The designated Point of Entry door will be open ½ hour prior to Mass
- 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
- Sanitizing of hands upon entry and exit is required
- The use designated entrance door to enter the church is still required
- 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
- There will be no offering the Sign of Peace and Baptismal fonts will remain empty
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.
- 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