The PROVINCE OF ONTARIO has updated their
REOPENING ONTARIO PLAN
On July 16 the Province of Ontario, including Waterloo Region, moves into Step 3 of Reopening.
This means we can have as many people at Mass as we have space for while keeping each household 6 feet apart.
You can see all the details on the Province’s website 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 July 16 we are able to welcome as many people as can remain socially distanced 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 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 following SUMMER hours, Monday – Thursday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!