Jun
27

Updated Information about the Mass

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Dear Parishioners,

These are the following changes for our weekend and weekday Masses in our parish, based on the new directives from the diocese:

  1. We can now allow more people to attend the Masses, but we need to keep the 6 feet physical distance. Based on this, our church can hold only 80 people. This is including the priest and the volunteers, keeping in consideration with the required 6 feet distance.
  2. Sanitization of your hands upon the entry of the church is mandatory.
  3. Answering the health-related questions upon the entry of the church is also mandatory.
  4. Collecting contact information of attendees: Individuals can participate voluntarily, this is for the purpose of contact tracing.
  5. Congregants may decide whether to wear a mask during Mass, provided that mask is worn if they wish to receive Holy Communion.
  6. Cleaning the church between Masses is mandatory.

Based on these new directives:

We will still have 3 weekend Masses namely: Saturday 5:00pm. Sunday 9:00am and 12:00noon.

We will lock the church doors 20 minutes before each mass, on weekends. So be in the church 20 minutes before any Mass, that you choose to attend on weekends. I need around 10 to 15 minutes to give some guidelines to the attendees before each Mass.

We will be allowing 50 people to pre-register, 20 people as walk ins and the remaining 10 people would consist of priest, sacristan, and volunteers.

Do all your pre-registrations from Tuesday – Thursday during parish office hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Use either parish email or parish phone or come in person. Email : office@stceciliacalgary.com or Phone (403) 252 – 2790.

There is no pre-registration required for the weekdays Masses. All can come as walk ins.

Read this self-assessment tool questions before coming to Mass. The volunteers at the entrance will ask you just 3 questions:

  1. Do you have any of the symptoms?
  2. Did you return from travel outside of Canada?
  3. Have you been in close contact with somebody who is confirmed as
  4. having COVID-19?

If you fail to read them at home, then these questions are placed at the inside church entrance doors. You need to just read them before approaching the first volunteer, for hand sanitizing; who will ask just the above 3 questions.

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL QUESTIONS

ARE YOU OR ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?

  1. FEVER
  2. NEW COUGH OR WORSENING CHRONIC COUGH
  3. NEW OR WORSENING SHORTNESS OF BREATH
  4. NEW OR WORSENING DIFFICULTY BREATHING
  5. SORE THROAT
  6. RUNNY NOSE
  7. CHILLS
  8. PAINFUL SWALLOWING
  9. STUFFY NOSE
  10. HEADACHE
  11. MUSCLE OR JOINT ACHES
  12. FEELING UNWELL IN GENERAL, NEW FATIGUE OR SEVERE EXHAUSTION
  13. GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS (NAUSEA. VOMITING. DIARRHEA OR UNEXPLAINED LOSS OF APPETITE)
  14. LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE
  15. CONJUNCTIVITIS, COMMONLY KNOWN AS PINK EYE

Some Reminder

You are not obliged to come for Mass. You are still dispensed from Sunday obligation. You can continue to watch Mass through your T.V. Feel free to attend this Mass or not.

You must enter only through main entrance for Mass. You will not be allowed to enter the church through church side doors. The entrance and exits signs are put in place as you enter through the main doors of the church, to guide you with directions. The pews are also marked with numbers and taps with 6 feet distance; you must sit only on the marked seats. However, if you are from the same family then you may sit together. The Communion line is also marked with taps indicating 6 feet distance.

We need to clean the church after each Mass, as per the given directions. Everyone must leave the church immediately after each Mass, so that the cleaning people are able to come in and complete their cleaning duties. Please kindly do all your personal prayers such as rosary and other prayers before the Mass. You can do this around the waiting time before the Mass. You will be given some required instructions before the start of each Mass; like on how we come for communion etc.

Communion will be given only on hands. Cry room is not allowed to be used during Mass; except the washroom. Paper bulletins are not allowed. There will not be adoration on Fridays.

SOME WARNING

You are coming for Mass, and will be with 79 other people at your own risk.

If you are a senior, you are advised to stay home; I leave this to your discretion. If you have any health issues you are advised to stay at home.

If you are bringing children, they must be with you for entire duration.

You must sanitize your hands at the entrance. There will be a volunteer with the sanitizer.

MASS TIMING

Tuesdays to Saturday at 9.00 am. (NO Mass on Mondays)

Weekend Masses : Saturday: at 5.00 pm. Sunday: at 9:00 am, and 12:00 noon