Covid-19 Mass Attendance Protocols

What to Expect When You Come to Church

Please arrive together as a family at least 15 minutes prior to the Mass time for a screening process. 

  1. Are you currently positive for COVID-19 or awaiting results of a laboratory test for COVID-19?
  2. In the last 14 days have you had contact with someone who currently has COVID-19?
  3. Have you traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
  4. Are you experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms? (fever, cough, shortness of breath, undue fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aching, running nose, chills involving shakes, loss of taste or smell, feeling ill)

If you answer “YES” to any of these questions you will be asked to attend Mass on Zoom and we look forward to seeing you  after an appropriate self-isolation period, following Public Health guidelines. 

Following a successful screening you will be asked to use the provided hand sanitizer.

During the screening process please maintain physical distancing protocols and try not to congregate inside the entrance of the church.

Step 3: While at Mass please adhere to the following protocols:

In Step 3, we continue to follow the guidelines of the Province of Ontario and the Diocese of Hamilton and ask that you please review the following so that you know what is expected and what to expect when coming to Mass: 

  1. Everyone MUST wear a mask at all times while in the church. Children under 5 are not required to have a mask but it is recommended. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose.
  2. Please ensure physical distancing protocols are adhered to (6 feet or 2 metres).
  3. The priest may require that those seeking an exemption from wearing a mask bring evidence provided by a medical professional. It is asked that those seeking an exemption sit in a designated area and that masks be worn in order to receive Communion.
  4. You must enter the church by the front entrance on Edwin Street. Doors from the parking lot and Leonard Street will remain locked.
  5. The collection is to be received at the doors of the church; not during the Offertory. 
  6. Priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion must wear masks for the distribution of Communion. 
  7. Music leadership is restricted to an instrumentalist and cantor only. No hymnals will be in the pews. 
  8. The dispensation from the Sunday Obligation remains in effect at this time. 
  9. Washrooms are to be used only in emergencies.
  10. Please avoid touching your face or other persons.
  11. Please be patient and kind. 

The following liturgical practices are now permitted: 

  • We may now re-introduce or increase the number of liturgical ministers: Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as needed, Altar Servers. 
  • Resume the dialogue with individual communicants as they approach the minister for Communion (The Body of Christ/Amen). 
  • Following consultation with medical advisors, reception of Holy Communion on the tongue is now permitted. However, those who wish to receive the Eucharist in this manner are to do so after all others have received Communion in the hand and are to receive Communion from the Priest. We are reminded that the normative posture for receiving Communion in Canada is standing. 

Reception of Holy Communion Mask Protocol

A mask is to be worn by all parishioners when receiving the Sacred Host from the priest or Extraordinary Minister of Communion. After stepping aside (six feet) they are to remove their mask, momentarily, to consume the Eucharist. They are to then replace their mask and return to their seat. At this time Communion may only be received in the hand.