2020 PARISH FESTIVAL IS CANCELLED
PUBLIC MASS RETURNS!
NEW MASS SCHEDULES & CHURCH HOURS
MONDAY: 5:30 PM
TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 8 AM
WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM (followed by Adoration & confessions)
SATURDAY: 8 AM (Livestreamed only. No public Mass)
- SATURDAY: 5:30 PM
- SUNDAY: 7:15 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 5:30 PM
Note: Sunday 12:15 pm Mass is discontinued & 10:30 am Mass is now at 10:45 am. Saturday 8 am Mass is now currently live-streamed only.
LIVE-STREAM ONLINE MASS
- MONDAY, WEDNESDAY: 5:30 PM
- TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 8 AM
- SATURDAY: 8 AM – Livestreamed only. No public Mass.
- SUNDAY: 10:45 AM
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- WEDNESDAY: 6 – 7 PM (during Adoration OR by appointment)
NEW CHURCH HOURS
Open for prayer during these times:
- MONDAY: 12 – 6 PM
- TUESDAY: 8 AM – 3 PM
- WEDNESDAY: 2 – 7 PM
- THURSDAY: 8 AM – 3 PM
- FRIDAY: 8 AM – 3 PM
- SATURDAY: CLOSED for Sunday preparation
QUESTIONS ABOUT COMING BACK TO CHURCH
Won’t there be a crowd at the doors if they are locked before Mass?
We will be sending details closer to Pentecost Sunday as to how we open the church and how people should wait to come in. The only reason the doors are locked is to give us an empty church that can be methodically cleaned rather than trying to work around people. Everyone’s cooperation is needed to leave the church in an orderly manner so that cleaning can start quickly. If we can sanitize the church quicker than anticipated then we will be able to unlock the doors sooner.
Will people be turned away on Pentecost Sunday if capacity is met?
Let me start by saying that we don’t think we will actually reach full capacity at any mass for the first few weeks. Other dioceses which have already restarted Mass all say that attendance is low at the moment because of people continuing to self-isolate or take precautions. We recommend that older parishioners come during the week if they can when numbers in church will be much lower.
If we do reach capacity then we will have to turn some people away. Once we have reached capacity then we cannot allow anyone else to come in. People cannot stand in the gathering space either – everyone must have a seat.
Those turned away can come back to another Sunday Mass, or to a weekday mass. The Bishop has suspended the Sunday obligation to attend Mass for the time being. When numbers start to increase, we will review the situation again, but our hope is that we will be moving back to normal by then.
Remember, this is for a limited time only and we hope to be back to normal sooner rather than later.
How will we receive communion?
Holy Communion will be distributed at the normal time during mass. People will be asked to approach in sections, and row by row, to maintain social distancing. They will receive the Sacred Host and then return to their seat. Communion in the hand is recommended at the moment because of the virus. A communicant can still receive on the tongue but the person distributing will have to stop each time and cleanse their hands.
REOPENING PROCEEDURES AT SAINT BRENDAN
- Numbers in church will be limited. We can only take about ½ of our capacity.
- Everyone must follow strict social distancing rules. Only sit in the pews labeled BLUE. Maintain 6 feet between yourself and the next family/individual.
- Once we reach capacity no one else will be able to enter.
WHEN IN CHURCH:
- People will not be able to chat in the gathering space before or after Mass.
- Please wear a mask while in the church.
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use in church before and after you touch anything. (we have some but our supply is limited.)
- The doors will be unlocked 10 minutes before Mass begins for people to come in.
- You must sit in the designated seats. Families and couples traveling to church together can sit together but there must be a 6 feet distance between them and others.
- You must have a seat in the church, you cannot stay in the gathering space.
- The number of people in the restrooms at any one time will be limited to two.
- Parents MUST accompany children under 7 to the bathroom and bring them back (this is to ensure they have washed their hands properly, do not dawdle in washroom or gathering space and return to the pew immediately with you. Remember, this is for their safety too!)
- The cry room is closed until life returns to normal. Its enclosed environment makes it suitable for confessions but not for multiple families.
DURING THE LITURGY:
- The schedule for servers, EMHC and ushers is suspended for the time being. We look forward to restrictions being lifted and you being able to minister again. Lectors will be scheduled.
- There will be no presentation of the gifts and the offertory will be placed in baskets as people leave.
- The Sign of Peace will not be restored until the pandemic has passed.
- The chalice will not be shared until the Bishop gives permission for it to be restored.
- The Communion lines will be altered to single file and the floor marked with GREEN X to encourage social distancing.
- Each section of pews will come forward as instructed to receive Holy Communion.
- Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is strongly encouraged for the time being. Every time someone receives on the tongue the minister will stop and disinfect their hands.
- Music and preaching will be limited to allow Mass to finish in 50 minutes so that cleaning begins on time for the next mass.
- Pews will be dismissed in rows at the end of mass.
MUSIC & LIVE STREAMING:
- There will be no Missalettes or other literature in church because of the risk from the virus being passed through them. Singing will be limited.
- There will be no choir.
- In the next month permanent screens are being fitted to the ceiling, and the music etc. will be projected onto them. There will be new projectors to ensure good visibility on the screens.
- In the next month live streaming equipment will be installed in the church to replace our current temporary method. This will support older parishioners who may be asked to shelter in place again at a later date, our homebound, and those in our care facilities.
The Bishop has given us permission to take steps to begin opening our churches again. This is a moment of great joy but we need to remember that the pandemic is not contained yet. So, our return will not be to “business as usual” for a while. Listed here are the steps that we will take as the Church reopens. Some of these may seem obvious, others a surprise. I ask you to please take them with generosity of spirit. We are doing everything we can to protect you and your family. We are also using this watershed moment in the life of the world, our nation, and our community, to make sensible changes for the future. ALL parishes in our diocese are going through this process and it is not easy. The first and most important thing to say is that If you are not well, are caring for someone who is sick, have underlying health conditions or are concerned about attending Mass you should stay at home. We will continue to live stream Mass every day and you can make a spiritual communion. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation has been extended.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN COMING BACK TO MASS…
Please remember that if you are not well, are caring for someone who is sick, have underlying health conditions or are concerned about attending Mass you should stay at home.
We will continue to live stream Mass every day and you can make a spiritual communion. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation has been extended.
Please note that live-streaming will still happen at all masses for those uncertain or unable to come out. This will now be a regular feature of our worship together. At first the equipment will be right up at the altar until the permanent equipment is installed.
Continue to only use designated BLUE pews.
To maintain social distancing no daily mass sacristans or servers will be needed for the time being. The priest will handle everything himself or with the help of the deacon. Please follow instructions for coming forward for Holy Communion. We strongly encourage you to receive the Blessed Sacrament in the hand for the time being even if receiving on the tongue even is your normal practice. If someone receives on the tongue the priest or deacon will stop each time to sanitize his hands to reduce any risk of virus
Please follow all instructions when entering, praying and leaving for your own safety and those who come to pray after you. Please carry hand sanitizer with you. The parish has some but our supply is limited. Please wear a face mask. We ask you to use only certain pews as this helps us to know which pews need to be sanitized regularly during the day.
- Pews marked with a BLUE square can be used to pray
- Pews marked with a RED square cannot be used – these are being used to maintain safe distancing between rows.
No candles are available at the shrines because of the risk of multiple handling For the same reason there will be no flowers at the shrines People are responsible for maintaining 6ft social distancing when in the church. No stopping in church or the gathering space to chat. Please arrive, pray and then leave. Anything left behind will be disposed of. These restrictions are necessary because we must be able to disinfect the entire church every day. They are designed for your safety. Our great hope is that this will not be needed for too much longer.
MESSAGE FROM FR BOB ON THE FEAST OF ST MATTHIAS, 5/14/2020
For these reasons I am announcing today that the 12:15 pm Mass is discontinued and the 10:30 am Mass is moved to 10:45 am.
- 5:30 pm Vigil
- 7:15 am
- 8:45 am
- 10:45 am
- 5:30 pm
NEW! PRAYER WALL
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP ON PUBLIC MASSES: 4/28/2020
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
GROW YOUR FAITH FROM HOME!
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