What Happens if our Priest gets COVID?
GIVEN THE HIGH TRANSMISSIBILITY OF THE OMICRON VARIANT, and the need to isolate if one is infected, Pastors have been advised that if they or an Associate test positive for COVID-19 and are required to isolate, they are to inform parishioners through the Parish Website and by notices published on doors of the Parish Office and Church that the Parish is closed for the isolation time and will remain closed until a negative result is received. A few of our Parishes, including the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, are closed this weekend as Priests complete the required five-day isolation. Parishioners are reminded that masks are required for church-goers. Following the constant recommendation of medical officers of health, vaccines and booster shots are strongly encouraged!
~ Bishop Crosby, Jan. 7, 2022
Diocese of Hamilton Vaccination Policy
The official position of the Catholic Church is that all available COVID vaccines are ethical and all Catholics who are able are encouraged to receive the vaccine. All employees serving in the Diocese of Hamilton are encouraged to be fully vaccinated or to submit to a COVID rapid test every Monday and Thursday in order to carry out their responsibilities. Volunteer liturgical ministers are required to be fully vaccinated. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, encourages every member of the Catholic Church within our Diocese of Hamilton to be fully vaccinated.
The PROVINCE OF ONTARIO has gone back to
STEP 2 of the REOPENING ONTARIO PLAN
This means our capacity is no more than 50%,
and we also must maintain social distancing of 6 feet between each household.
You can see all the details on the Province’s website by clicking here.
The Province of Ontario has announced people will be required to show proof of double vaccination to enter some public places as of Sept. 22, 2021. At the moment this does not include attending Mass. However we echo Pope Francis in encouraging everyone who is able to get vaccinated. Watch the Pope’s video message by clicking here.
We will continue with our usual schedule of Masses:
Tuesday – Friday – 9am Weekday Mass
Saturday – 5pm Lord’s Day Mass
Sunday – 9am and 11am Lord’s Day Mass
Before coming to Mass please consider these requirements:
- If you have an elevated temperature, are suffering from cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, undue fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aching, runny nose, chills involving shakes, loss of sense of taste or smell; if you are sick please do not come to church. Please stay home and consult your healthcare provider.
- If you have traveled outside of Canada within the past 14 days you are not to enter the church until you have completed the period of self-isolation.
- If you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive or is a suspected case of COVID-19 please stay home and follow public health guidelines.
- The Region of Waterloo has implemented a Face Mask By-Law requiring everyone to wear masks when in public buildings, including places of worship. The By-Law does not apply to children under the age of five or those who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability. If you do not fall under those exemptions, please wear your own face mask to church.
Please come to the main entrance of the church, it is the only door that will be used at this time. There is a ramp there if you cannot use the stairs.
As of Jan. 5, 2022 we are able to welcome 50% capacity as well as maintaining social distancing in the church. We may still reach capacity and if that happens we will have to close the doors and no others will be allowed to enter the church. We will try to open the doors half an hour before Mass time, so please arrive early and be patient while we give you instructions as you enter.
At all times please wear a mask, observe physical distancing and follow the directions of ushers and staff.
Enhanced Cleaning during the Pandemic
As you have seen over the past months we have a dedicated team of volunteers and staff who disinfect the pews and other touch points in the church to help keep us all safe during the pandemic. Doctors and scientists are continuously learning more about COVID and we have received new information from the diocese and their medical advisors about the transition of COVID on hard surfaces. This new information advises that touch points only need to be disinfected if they are likely to be touched by a new group of people within one hour, but that periodic regular cleaning should still take place. Following these new guidelines we will continue to disinfect the pews and touch points between the 9am and 11am Masses on Sunday, and a deep clean of the church will continue to be done very Monday. Thank you to everyone who helps with this ministry to keep St. Francis of Assisi Parish a safe place to worship.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Please call ahead if possible so we can avoid having more than one person come to the window at the same time. Call or email the office, 519-745-7301 or email@example.com.
We are very excited to be worshiping together again, but we have to do this carefully so that we keep everyone safe and healthy.
Thank you for your cooperation.
We look forward to seeing you soon!