Last updated May 22 – 2020
Dear parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel Parish,
During this current phase of COVID-19 precautions, and the loosening of restrictions, we are allowed to increase the number of people permitted for public prayer and worship up to a maximum of fifty (50) participants not including the celebrant and volunteers needed for each service. This will begin NEXT weekend.
As of yet, the means of determining the participants of each Mass has not been decided. It is highly probable that we will go by a first come, first serve basis by telephone reservations. People requesting to attend Mass are asked to call and give their name for the Mass time and location they prefer, if there is room available, they will be booked for that Mass; if room is not available, they will be asked for their next preference. When a Mass reservation list reaches fifty (50) names, then that Mass will be considered fully booked. Please keep an eye on the Mass schedules as per Mass Intentions if there is a particular Mass you want to attend (e.g. for a deceased family member).
For those not attending Mass, but wishing to receive Communion, prior to coming to the church, you must participate in the LIVE celebration of Mass FOR THAT DAY on line or on TV, otherwise you must recite the Confiteor (“I confess to Almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,…), the Lord’s Prayer and the prayer at Invitation to Communion (“Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof,…”) prior to reception of Communion. Shut-ins are asked to call the office to arrange for a timer they can receive a visit.
Beginning Saturday, May 30th and Sunday May 31st, we hope to offer a Sunday Mass at 4pm Saturday evening at St. Michael’s Basilica and St. Andrew’s, 10:30am Sunday morning at St. Michael’s Basilica and St. Andrew’s, and 5:30pm Sunday evening at St. Michael’s Basilica and St. Andrew’s.
Due to the need of physical distancing, and a coordinated team of ushers to control flow within the parking lot, in and out and within the churches, and to ensure that the maximum number of parishioners can attend Mass, the mission churches of The Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Margaret’s will remain closed.
Parishioners are asked to wear masks/face coverings when arriving to and leaving Mass. Those under the age of two, those who would have difficulty removing their own masks, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions which would make wearing a mask difficult (such as severe asthma sufferers), are DISCOURAGED from wearing masks. Masked are mandated for when physical distancing is not possible – when you will be within 2 metres of another person.
Currently, Catholics are dispensed from the canonical obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, so if you are concerned for your health, please stay home; also, if you are experiencing ANY cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.
God Bless you all, and stay well.
As we hope to open up for more participants at Mass, pending the provincial authority’s approval, we are in need of many volunteers to act as Ushers and Cleaners.
Ushers will be needed to coordinate the flow of traffic into and out of the church for Mass, as well as coordinating the flow of traffic for Communion. As many as thirty-three ushers will be required per weekend.
Cleaners will be needed to disinfect commonly touched surfaces within the church between Masses – hand rails, kneelers, pew backs and arms, washrooms, and doors. Blake agrees to come in on weekends to sanitize the Basilica between Masses, and we can have him train others to do the necessary cleaning at St. Andrew’s. We will supply the cleaning agent, which is the same product used by Horizon Health.
Pews need to be roped off, and floors need to be marked to indicate travel directions and physical distancing.
Due to the very limited capacity of St. Margaret’s and St. Michael’s By the Sea with the social distancing requirements, they will remain closed.
We need your support and cooperation so as many people as possible, and who desire, may attend Sunday Mass. If an adequate number of volunteers cannot commit for the duration of this requirement, then the Mass attendance will be limited according to the number of Masses that can be adequately staffed.
If you can offer your assistance, please call the office at 778-5150 and leave your name and phone number.