ONTARIO LOCKDOWN DECEMBER 26, 2020 UPDATE
As of 12:01am Saturday December 26, 2020, the Province of Ontario will go into Lockdown, and in our region it will last at least 28 days. Due to this lockdown, after our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses (which will all continue as scheduled) there will be no more public Masses until the end of the lockdown.
Fr. Murray and Fr. Raphael will continue to celebrate Mass privately for the intentions of all the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi and our loved ones. If you had a Mass intention booked during the lockdown period we will reschedule it once we are again allowed to have public Mass.
During the lockdown the Parish Office will also be closed. Alice and Ruthann will continue to work from home, and we will be checking phone and email messages. So if you need us please reach out, we are here for you and we will do whatever we can to continue to minister to the people of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
We are able to celebrate Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals with a maximum of 10 people present (including the priest), so if you are in need of these sacraments please contact the parish office and we will get back to you. (519-745-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please keep us and your fellow parishioners in prayer, as we keep you in ours. May this Christmas Season bring us peace and healing, and may the new year be blessed!
OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE
TO MASS DURING COVID-19
Bishop Crosby sent out a letter to all parishioners on October 7 reinforcing the pandemic protocols that have been in place since we reopened, and introducing some new rules. For instance, persons who are unable to wear masks are still welcome at Mass but must sit in a space away from those wearing masks and must receive communion in their seat instead of walking up to the front. There are a couple other minor changes, you can read the entire letter by clicking here.
Thank you to all who are doing their best to keep our parish safe. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the parish office.
will be Tuesday – Friday at 9am
beginning on Tuesday June 16th
will be Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9am & 11am
beginning June 20/21
The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be received by appointment only at this time, please contact the office to book an appointment.
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.
- 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.
We are opening at a 30% capacity, this means once we reach capacity 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 observe physical distancing and follow the directions of ushers and staff.
Bishop Crosby has issued a letter to all parishioners with more information about what Mass will look like. Please read the letter here. If you have any concerns you are welcome to contact the parish office by email or leave us a message, but we will be giving lots of direction throughout Mass.
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!
Sacrament of Reconciliation During COVID-19
During this difficult time of physical distancing when we are unable to receive the sacraments in the normal way, many are concerned about our inability to go to Confession. Unfortunately there is simply no way to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the traditional way right now, so Bishop Crosby has issued a statement about how we can still receive forgiveness and experience God’s mercy.
A brief summary is:
I … assure penitents that their sincere request for forgiveness, a perfect act of contrition and the firm resolution to confess their sins (even mortal sins) as soon as it is possible, obtains the forgiveness of their sins.
Palm Sunday Information
For catholic’s sacramentals are an important part of our life of faith – blessed palms for our homes are sacramentals. While this years palms have not yet arrived at the church we still anticipate their delivery. If they arrive in time for Palm Sunday the ritual of the blessing of palms will take place. When Father Raph and Father Tim celebrate Mass privately on Palm Sunday they will bless the palms. The palms will then be distributed at the first Sunday Mass after this period of isolation is lifted.
UPDATED INFORMATION regarding EASTER and COVID-19
Unfortunately there will be no public celebrations of Easter Masses or Liturgies this year. Please see updated directives from Bishop Crosby on celebrating Easter in Hamilton Diocese by clicking here.
As of today, Monday March 16, 2020, all Masses in the Hamilton Diocese are cancelled until further notice. Please read these updated directives from Bishop Crosby.
Due to COVID-19, all other activities at St. Francis of Assisi Parish are also cancelled. This includes all weekday Masses, meetings, gatherings and outside use of the facilities. Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Hamper Program is currently NOT running, as all similar resources in Waterloo Region have been streamlined into the Vital Services Programs, which you can access here.
The parish office is also closed. If you need to contact us please call or email, we will respond as quickly as possible as we work from home.
Please take care of yourselves and keep all those who are ill and our healthcare workers in prayer. Pope Francis has composed a prayer to Our Lady during this crisis, let us pray together in solidarity with all those affected throughout the world.