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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.
January 18, 2021
Changes to our guidelines pertaining to liturgical celebrations and use of parish space in light of today’s changes to the Government of Alberta’s Provincial Guidelines to keep everyone safe, protect the health systems and slow the spread of COVID19.
Effective Jan. 18th – Wedding and funeral liturgies attendance is limited to:
- 10 people maximum for wedding ceremonies
- 20 people maximum for funeral services, with mandatory masking and 2 meter physical distancing between households
- 10 people maximum for indoor and outdoor interments.
The maximum limit includes the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses. It does not include staff or organizers who are not considered an invited guest.
The following restrictions must continue to be observed:
- 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).
- 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.
- The priest and readers can remove their masks while speaking if there is a distance of 2 meters. The mask must be put on again once finished speaking.
- No congregational singing, and music is only permissible for Entrance, Preparation of Altar/Gifts and Communion.
- 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
- 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
- There will be no offering the Sign of Peace and Baptismal fonts will remain empty
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.
- 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