Welcome Back to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish
Masses celebrations are currently NOT open to the public
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish is doing everything we can to prevent the spreading of the virus. Although we can’t guarantee that no one will contract the virus in the church, with your help, by following the guidelines below we can reduce the risk. To that end you are asked to:
• Stay home if:
o you feel ill or tired or achy
o you have a high temperature
o you have a cough
o you have lost your appetite
o you are short of breath
o you have excessive sputum
• Use hand sanitizer before entering the church
• Follow the guidance of the ushers and sit only where directed
• Exercise social distancing (6 feet or 2 meters) at all times
• Avoid touching your face
• Avoid touching others
• Face coverings are mandatory for those five (5) years old and older who enter the Church for any gathering in accordance with the Regional Municipality of Niagara by-law and Public Health recommendations. Face coverings are to fit securely to the head and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the mouth, nose and chin without gaping. Those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons are not required to do so but must now provide a medical note from a doctor attesting to this fact.
MANDATORY CONTACT TRACING: It is Diocesan policy that everyone attending Mass or other Services in the Church is required to sign the Contact Tracing Book when entering the Church and to wear a mask.
Parishioners are reminded that Bishop Bergie's dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, granted on March 16, 2020, is ongoing.
MASS CELEBRATION INSTRUCTIONS
while we are in the Grey (lockdown) Zone of the Public Health Measures
As we continue in lockdown we remain restricted to our Mass celebration. Bishop Bergie has issued guidelines for the Diocese of St. Catharines. So for the good and safety of our parishioners, we will abide with the guidelines and the following schedules until further instructions:
1. Weekday and Weekend Parish Masses will be celebrated at 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. On Sunday, there will be one Mass celebrated in English (8:00 AM) and one in Italian (9:00 AM). A maximum of nine parishioners will be able to attend a given Mass (no exceptions) during the province-wide lockdown. Pre-registration is required for all Masses. Please call the Parish Office (905-227-3178) to register for Mass. Registrations will be taken on a first come-first served basis. We respectfully ask that attendance be limited to one Weekday Mass each week and one Weekend Mass every other week to allow others an opportunity to attend Mass. All Covid-19 protocols remain in place. Face coverings are mandatory.
2. The Church will be closed at all other times during the lockdown and the Parish Office will remain closed until the end of the lockdown. Eucharistic Adoration will be discontinued throughout the lockdown.
3. The Parish will continue offering parishioners a Sunday Liturgy Video for those who cannot attend Sunday Mass and a Children’s Video for our younger parishioners. The videos may be viewed from the home page of our website or on our Facebook page.
We pray with you and for you with patience so we can beat Covid-19 together.
(Click here to read "Directives Concerning COVID-19" from the Diocesan website.)
Guidelines for attending Mass during Covid-19 Pandemic - click here
ETIQUETTE AT COMMUNION: When it is time for Communion, there will only be one Priest and only one line (social distancing markers are in place) with alternating rows going up to receive. (i.e. an entire row on the right side of the Church will receive Communion followed by the entire row on the left side of the Church). Reception of Communion by hand is strongly recommended. Those receiving Communion are instructed to remove their masks while the person ahead of them is receiving Communion. After the Priest says, “The Body of Christ” and the communicant responds “Amen” (at a distance of two meters – six feet), only then does the communicant leave the physical distance marker to approach the Priest to receive Communion. If you choose not to receive Holy Communion, you may need to leave your seat to allow social distancing for those that are exiting or entering the pew.