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In light of the government announcement of June 7, 2020, regarding the re-opening of places of worship, in which it was indicated that places of worship may open as of today, June 12, we recognize the extensive protocols that must be in place to safely re-open our churches. These include the training of clergy, staff and volunteers as well as ensuring appropriate cleaning supplies, signage and capacity control mechanisms can be prepared.

Mindful that we are still in a period of pandemic, our goal is to ensure we can welcome the faithful and provide a safe environment for all.

Recognizing these challenges and balancing them with the understandable desire of the faithful to return to their spiritual home, Masses will resume on Sunday June 21, 2020 (But NO MASS in Pickering). For now, we still have 2 Masses on Sundays: on 10:30AM and 12:30PM.

Please note that as per government direction regarding capacity:

  • Churches are limited to 30% of their worship space. In our case, We are allowed a maximum of 150 people only in each Mass.
  • Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings are restricted to 10 people including the priest at this time.

Our Bishop continues to provide dispensation from the Sunday Mass for those who are unable to attend for health reasons or due to capacity restrictions. During this transition period, we will try to continue to live stream the Mass on YouTube or Facebook.

Acknowledging the very basic commandment of love of neighbour, we have a responsibility to care for one another in the re-opening. Thus, the procedures and manner of the celebration of Mass and the sacraments are to be very different from the situation that we have known. We know that some of the measures that will be taken may feel strange or uncomfortable. However, in these unique days of pandemic, following reasonable restrictions to contain the virus is a matter of Faith, Charity and Justice. We ask for your full co-operation and patience as we do our very best to welcome back our parishioners, even in limited numbers.

We also extend our sincere gratitude for the members of our Parish Council and for all of you, dear parishioners, for all that you have done during this period of closure and for the efforts you are taking to prepare and implement this new chapter.

We continue to remember in prayer those who have suffered during this period of pandemic and for all those who continue to care of them.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Abouna Walid & Abouna Habib

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