Welcome Back to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish
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 who enter the Church for any gathering. 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. In view of the rapid spread and grave threat of new COVID-19 variants, any parishioner who is unable to wear a mandatory face covering should not attend any church service. Voluntary compliance with this basic public health directive reflects our fundamental belief in the sanctity of all human life, gives honour to God and demonstrates love for our neighbours.
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
On May 20, 2021, the Ontario government released its Roadmap to Reopen, “a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the province-wide (COVID-19) vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.” Under this new plan, places of worship are not expected to increase attendance capacity until Step-2.
Therefore, until Step-2 of the Ontario Government’s Roadmap to Reopen we remain limited to a maximum capacity of 10 people (9 parishioners and 1 Priest) in the Church. This includes all Masses and liturgical celebrations, including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. For the good and safety of all our parishioners, we will continue to abide with Diocesan and Public Health guidelines and the following schedules until further instructions:
1. Weekday Parish Masses will be celebrated at 8:00am and 9:00am from Monday to Friday and at 8:00am on Saturday. The weekend Mass schedule remains the same: 5:00pm Saturday evening, and Sunday morning at 8:00am, 9:30am (in Italian) and 11:00am with a maximum of nine parishioners (no exceptions). Parishioners will be required to register in advance for all Masses by calling the Parish Office (905-227-3178). To allow a more varied opportunity to attend Mass, registrations will be limited to once every other weekend and no consecutive days for weekday Masses.
2. The Church will be closed at all other times throughout the lockdown. Eucharistic Adoration will be discontinued throughout the lockdown. The Parish Office will be closed to the public. Voicemail and email are checked regularly. So please call and leave a message or email .
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. These videos are available on the Home Page.
4. For more information please visit our website. If you have any questions or concerns about Pastoral services during the lockdown please do not hesitate to contact us.
The most important thing that we can do, as people of faith, is to pray for those affected by the coronavirus, and for healthcare providers, caregivers, and researchers. We pray with you and for you with patience so we can beat Covid-19 together.
The Priests and Pastoral Staff
of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish
(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.