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UPDATE September 16, 2021

Here are the current State of Public Health Emergency  measures in effect from the Government of Alberta.

  • Those experiencing flu like symptoms are asked not to attend Mass in person.  The Dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect.
  • We will continue to livestream our 10:30 Mass each Sunday on Facebook, YouTube, and Telus Optik TV Channel 877.
  • Places of Worship are limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy.   As we have been operating at that capacity for most of our Masses we will not be requiring pre-registration.  Please come early. The doors will be locked once we have reached our capacity of 130 people.  There will be an additional Latin Mass at 1:45pm.
  • Wearing face masks inside the church facility is mandatory for all the faithful. Parishioners who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt except when receiving Holy Communion.
  • The Diocese cannot require the identification of the vaccinated and unvaccinated thus in order to protect the most vulnerable, all indoor social gatherings are cancelled at this time.

Mass

  • The use of masks is mandatory in all facilities of the parishes and diocesan facilities.
  • Exceptions cited by the government will be followed.
  • Parishioners who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt form this regulation except when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Priests, deacons, and lectors must wear masks unless speaking and proclaiming.
  • Altar servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the cantor, and instrumentalists/musicians must wear masks at all times.

Congregational singing is suspended at this time.

  • Only one cantor/soloist is allowed.
  • The cantor/soloist must wear a mask while singing and must be physically distanced from the congregation and instamentalists.
  • Singing by the cantor/soloist will be limited to Entrance antiphon or unfamiliar hymn, preparation of the altar, Communion and Recessional.

Distribution of Holy Communion

  • Priests/deacons/extraordinary ministers of Holy communion must wear a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion. Hands must be sanitized prior to the distribution.
  • Mask use is mandatory for all the faithful.  Parishioners who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt form this regulation except when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Communion on the tongue continues to be offered.
  • The Precious Blood will only be available to the celebrant and concelebrants.

Parish Offices

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor workplaces, except when working alone, safely distanced or with an appropriate barrier in place.
  • This applies to all employees, visitors, delivery personnel, and contractors.

Social Gathering Measures

  • The Diocese cannot require the identification of the vaccinated and unvaccinated thus in order to protect the most vulnerable, all indoor social gatherings are cancelled at this time.
  • Social gatherings include funeral receptions, parish socials, coffee after Mass or any gathering where people move freely to mix with others and have conversation.
  • In-person meetings and faith-based meetings, which are not social gatherings, are allowed to continue with a safe number of people within the dimensions of the room to maintain physical distancing.   Masks must be worn at all times.

We will continue to livestream our 10:30 Mass each Sunday on Facebook, YouTube, and Telus Optik TV Channel 877.

Read the Alberta Health Services General Guidance for COVID-19 and Respiratory Illness mitigation here.

Read the Diocese of Calgary MEMORANDUM Updated Temporary Measures September 16 2021 here.

Read the  Diocese of Calgary Liturgical Guidelines for Stage 3 of Alberta Governments Open for Summer here.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Living with Christ is offering free prayer resources and downloads of the daily Mass texts.

With a grateful heart, we say thanks to all workers in our critical infrastructure industries and those who courageously help others. These are today's heroes, the people who work tirelessly serving others.

We encourage you to share your gratitude with our everyday heroes, to the many people – men, women, adults and children – who have shown kindness and determination throughout the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pray for them.
Send them an email, postcard or show the love on your front door/windows
Say thank you whenever you see them serving in health care facilities, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, those delivering your packages or those who are ready to listen.

Thank you for being the heart of Jesus