Fr Edmund’s Update
Starting this weekend, we can welcome unlimited attendees but with physical distancing for our regular schedule of weekend Masses: Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9am & 10:30am (livestreamed) and weekday Masses (Monday through Friday) at 9am, except Wednesday at 7pm. Confessions are held 4:00-4:45pm on Saturday, thirty (30) minutes before the weekday Masses and by appointment. Doors are closed (locked) after Mass starts. Please come early for entry protocols. For further details or any concern for that matter, please contact the office or Fr Edmund by email, text or phone.
Mass attendees can sign up online for the Masses, making it easier to comply with the recommended Contact Tracing List. Walk-in attendees are welcome. Wearing of masks is encouraged for the protection of other attendees (an act of charity). During Holy Communion, wearing of masks by communicants and by the priest is required by the diocese. Pews and other furniture are disinfected after every use. For continued celebration of Masses, we need volunteers: safety coordinators, point of entry registrars, ushers and disinfection/cleaners.
Our Adoration Chapel is closed until further notice. The resumption of the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the main church on Thursdays (10am to 6pm) and Fridays (10am to 6pm) will require the same set of volunteers required for the Masses. An online Adoration Signup for volunteers (two for each hour) and visitors/adorers (two for each hour) will be set up in the same link as the current Mass Attendance Signup. Walk-in visitors are welcome and will be registered accordingly. Confessions will be by appointment during the adoration hours. We will proceed with the Eucharistic devotion ONLY IF the slots for the required volunteers and adorers are filled. An adhoc committee will be organized to look into re-launching the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program at St Anthony’s Church. If interested, please contact Fr Edmund.
For every Mass, four (4) volunteers are required: safety coordinator, point of entry team member, usher and disinfectant/maintenance team member. Please consider volunteering. Job descriptions can be found on our website or you can contact Fr Edmund for details. The point of entry volunteer registers every attendee. Please consider preparing a list of names and contact numbers before coming to church to expedite the process. He/she will be asking COVID-19 self-assessment questions.
There is only one (1) entry door and one exit door. Directions are indicated. The usher will lead every attendee to his/her seat of choice that is available. The usher will also guide recipients of Holy Communion as they line up for their turn. The usher will lead you out to the exit door after the Mass is ended. Attendees can remain for private prayer and reflection a maximum of three (3) minutes. The pews and other furniture will be disinfected after all attendees have exited. Washrooms will only be for emergency use.
Please watch the diocesan video demo on how to receive Holy Communion by the hand. (www.catholicyyc.ca/resources)
At least thirty (30) before Mass, Fr Edmund will be outside the church entrance to answer questions or to celebrate outdoor confessions. Please contact him by phone (403 252-1137) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text (403 8742015) for any need or concern.
We express appreciation for your continuing support for the church, especially in the midst of this pandemic. In addition to online donation by credit card, e-transfer (Interac) is a now available through email@example.com. E-transfer is free of fees for many and for the church.
These are the volunteer positions that are immediately required for the resumption of Masses at St Anthony’s Church. All those interested should contact Fr Edmund as soon as possible for interview and signing of agreement. Safety coordinators who will support volunteers assisting in the safety of parishioners participating in the celebration of Masses. He/she works closely with the Pastor in conducting overall assessment of the church facility, reviewing the implementation of the internal guidelines and identifying potential issues and the necessary preventative measures that will need to be adapted for the parish. A safety coordinator will be assigned for each Mass to assist the Pastor in coordinating volunteers, in maintaining order and security and in responding to emerging needs.. He/she should have the ability to follow direction and to understand the risk and mitigation strategies of COVID-19. Point of Entry Team Member collects contact information of Mass participants, maintaining the appropriate physical distancing (6 feet/2 meters). He/she wears the appropriate protective equipment (PPE) if they are unable to maintain 6 feet/2 meters of separation from congregants. He/she opens the entry door and keep propped open until the number of 50 or fewer parishioners has been met. He/she opens the exit door until all parishioners have exited the church. He/she provides the list of participants to the Safety Coordinator. Usher directs attendees to available space in the pews, ensures physical distancing between households, observes single point of entry and single point of exit and manages seating and monitor occupancy of church. Cleaning & Disinfecting Team Member implements the AHS “wipe-twice” method to clean and disinfect surfaces, wipes surfaces with cleaning agent to wipe off soil with an AHS approved disinfectant, cleans and disinfects pews between Masses and disinfects high touch areas (doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, faucets and taps.
We continue to pray for health, healing and holiness.
During this pandemic and even more so after the pandemic, the parish will be relying on volunteers to keep our pastoral ministries. Due to government restrictions, our regular staff members cannot “volunteer” during their layoff, especially in their respective areas of employment. Hopefully, this gives rise to an increase in volunteerism. If you are interested to volunteer in any capacity, you can contact me directly by email or by phone.
We are also experiencing a dramatic reduction in our church contributions. In the absence of the usual weekend “basket” collection, we appeal to you to drop off your contributions when you visit the church for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament or celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You can also mail your contributions. You can also consider our available electronic methods of contribution. Hopefully, we can “weather” this financial crisis with our common effort to keep our church financially viable.
If you have not done so yet, please subscribe to our email list to receive our parish updates. Please check our website periodically for updates. Please subscribe and avail of our own diocesan livestreamed Masses and services. We thank our parishioners for continuing to support our Church through direct deposit, Canada Post mail or online through our website. You can also visit the church (10am to 3pm) daily, to adore the Blessed Sacrament in silence, celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation or drop off your contributions in our donation slots. As mandated by the government, we strictly follow physical distancing, limit church occupancy to 14 persons or less at a time, limit to less than 60 minutes per visit and follow disinfecting protocols. If you have any concerns we can help you with, please call Fr Edmund directly at 587 3499615 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or text him at 403 8742015. Our priests are committed to minister to your spiritual needs, especially during this time of the current pandemic.
April 28, 2020
In keeping with Alberta Health Services directives, and to protect seniors and those with pre-existing health conditions against the spread of COVID-19, the Diocese of Calgary has suspended all public Masses for an unspecified period of time.
Bishop McGrattan’s Letter to the Faithful Suspension of Masses March 27 2020
8:30 am Weekday Masses celebrated by priests from around the Diocese will be live-streamed from St. Peter’s Church.
10:00 am Sunday Masses celebrated by Bishop McGrattan will be live-streamed from St. Mary’s Cathedral.
All the faithful are encouraged to observe and practice Spiritual Communion, uniting themselves to Christ in prayer.
“The Lord’s presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their daily troubles and struggles, joys and hopes” (Amoris Laetitia, 315)
A Hidden Treasure In the Church we’ve a hidden treasure: the family. The Lord has always accompanied every crisis of his people with extraordinary messages and seems to do so also in the face of this pandemic, which compels all of us to a forcefully isolation in our homes. Celebrations are suspended, many Churches are closed and anyway it is risky to reach them. We feel alone, isolated and it is precisely in this isolation that the Spirit suggests us to rediscover the sacrament of marriage, by virtue of which our homes, due to the constant presence of Christ in the consecrated relationship of the spouses, are small domestic Churches.
Time of Training It is a time of training, that the Lord is offering us, waiting to defeat this evil. A time in which, living close in our homes, we are called to do continuous exercises of love. How many times a day in these hours the Lord gives us the opportunity to look with tenderness at our children, with loving patience at our spouse; to moderate the tone of the voice even if an unexpected untidiness reigns around us; to educate our children to a good use of this dilated time at home, which seems never to pass; to educate them to a dialogue made of listening given to others, of inner calm, of respect, even if the other is different from what I would like him to be? This is a time of growth for each of us, in which we’ve to learn to mark the rhythm of the days, no longer controlled by the hectic work and family management dominated by “doing”.
It’s a time given to our ability to leave space to the other within the narrow walls of our homes. How important it is, in this new dimension in which we are thrown, that husband and wife are able to look each other in the eyes and talk to each other, planning together the hours of the day, aware that into their home there is an amazing Presence that springs from their relationship: Jesus. Because this is not only a human training time, but also a spiritual one. It is a time of pre-evangelization, in our home and through our home, as in the time of the first Christian communities, during which the Lord invites us to gather as families, to pray together, around a burning candle, to remind us that there is Someone who holds us together and who, in this situation of bewilderment, loves us. A time that will then allow us to return to celebrate in the Churches, more aware and stronger of the presence of Jesus in our daily lives.
Paschal Mystery Let us remember that the spouses are the sign of the Paschal Mystery that is celebrated in every Eucharist (“The married couple are therefore a permanent reminder for the Church of what took place on the cross” Amoris Laetitia, 72); they are prophecy, announcement incarnated in a daily life made of small gestures, which express the gift of the self, as Jesus did. Let us take advantage of this somewhat strange time to welcome and live the Spirit in our homes and rediscover the wealth and the gift of our domestic Churches together with Jesus, who lives with us.
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.