From the Desk of the Pastor: April 8th, Stay At Home Orders
UPDATE APRIL 11
On Friday April 10th, Premier Ford announced further lockdown restrictions including a maximum capacity of 10 people at all religious gatherings. Because of that as of Monday the parish will be closed and Masses will be available online only.
For more details read this weeks From the Desk of the Pastor
Good afternoon everyone.
It has taken a while to discern what the new regulations for churches are after the announcement yesterday by Premier Doug Ford who issued a province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at home order, effective this morning at 12:01 a.m.
The Stay at Home order means that we must stay at home and go out for necessities, such as:
- getting food, beverages or medication
- going to medical appointments getting vaccinated
- supporting vulnerable community members
- attending school or a post-secondary institution
- going to a bank
- government services
- getting outdoor exercise or walking pets
- going to work, if you can’t do it remotely
Religious gatherings are allowed and residents of Ontario may leave their homes to attend religious gathering.
In the Province and within the Diocese of Hamilton, religious services, weddings and funerals are allowed but are restricted to:
- Indoors: 15% capacity of the room.
- All meeting and event spaces remain closed except for limit purposes such as child-care,
mental health and addiction support services.
- Parishes must ensure that all employees work from home if they can.
Bottom line, what does this mean: Mass on the weekend and during weekdays is available at 15% capacity (no more than 78 people). Parishioners only please.
The Parish Office is closed. Please leave a message if you have a particular need.
Scheduled baptism are delayed.
Parent meetings for First Communion and Confirmation will be rescheduled to early May. More on that next week.
Please be safe and for families who are going to experience a break from school next week, we hope that it will be a time of rest and relaxation. The Saturday letter from the parish will be on a pause this weekend.