Notice about COVID-19
This page was last updated on Saturday June 13, 2020. We have received an instruction from Cardinal Collins regarding the re-opening of Catholic parishes, which can be viewed here. In accordance with this, both of our parishes will be open starting Sunday, June 14 for private prayer, and public Masses will resume on Wednesday, June 17. With these changes, the live-streaming of Masses will no longer continue on our YouTube channel.
Moving forward, there will be some restrictions on account of the pandemic:
- Hand sanitizing – mandatory. Sanitizer will be provided at the church entrances.
- Masks – encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Physical distancing – mandatory. Pews will be marked with tape to ensure 2 metre separation. People living in the same household need not observe this distance. So large families are encouraged to sit together.
We need to keep within the government regulations on the number of people present. For Holy Family Parish, this means about 90 people. We are using Eventbrite to issue free tickets, which can be reserved at this link: holyfamilytoronto.eventbrite.com. 65 tickets for Sunday Masses and special Masses will be available first come, first served on Eventbrite. Tickets become available at 8:00 a.m. on the preceding Monday. The remaining 25 tickets can be booked by phoning Holy Family Church at 416-532-2879. If you don’t have a ticket, you can still come and take your chances that someone with a ticket will not shown up, but please be prepared to be turned away by the volunteers at the door.
Since we anticipate that there will not be a problem with too many people coming to the weekday Masses, parishioners do not need to make a reservation to attend those Masses, but we reserve the right to turn people away should the numbers become too large to permit physical distancing.
For St. Vincent de Paul Parish, we are not taking reservations at present, but will be admitting people on a first come, first served basis. The capacity is about 62 people under the current restrictions.
Confessions will be heard, but not in the confessionals. Signs will indicate where these confessions will be heard at each parish and volunteers will be on hand to assist.
The schedule of masses will be as follows:
Holy Family: 8:30 a.m. (Old Rite), 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
St Vincent’s: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Confessions for 15 minutes before all Masses and from 4 to 5 p.m.
Holy Family: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. (Solemn High Latin Mass), 12:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. (Please note that there is an extra Mass to accommodate more parishioners.)
St Vincent’s: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.
Confessions for 15 minutes before all Masses.
Holy Family: 7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. (Old Rite), 5:30 p.m.
St Vincent’s: 8 a.m.
Parishioners are asked to drop their offertory envelopes in specially marked receptacles on the way in or out of church at Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. The offertory will not be taken up at the usual time.
We encourage anyone with precarious health or anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home, both for your safety and the safety of other worshippers. The Sunday obligation to assist at Mass is not binding on the sick or on those who were not able to secure a ticket to get to Mass.
Please follow the directions of volunteers who will assist you through the guidelines. Parishioners are encouraged to minimize hand contact with pews, doors, and other surfaces. We also encourage people to leave the church quickly after Mass and not linger in crowds outside the church. At Holy Family, please enter through the doors on King St., and exit through the doors by our Lady’s. At St. Vincent de Paul, please enter through doors at the right of the top of the steps, and exit through the doors on the left. The times between Masses are short, so we want to minimize the number of people in the narthex.
Reception of Communion. Keep physical distancing while going to altar rail, and try not to touch the rail if possible. There will be tape on the altar rail at 2 metre intervals. “Upon the strong recommendation of medical authorities, Holy Communion is received only in the hand at this time. (Since each communicant has the right to receive communion either on the tongue or in the hand, the traditional practice of the option of receiving on the tongue will be restored as soon as the public health situation allows for that).” (From the Archdiocesan document on the reopening of churches.)
The faithful who bring in a paten of their own or a clean piece of white fabric, may have the Host placed on that and should consume the Host while still at the altar rail. (The faithful should purify such patens or cloths afterwards to make sure that particles of the Host do not fall to the ground. Cloths can be soaked in water and the water poured out in a garden or flower pot.) The faithful may also continue the venerable tradition of making a spiritual communion.
Parking. The school parking lot is closed at this time by order of the school board. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please check back later for further updates concerning ways that the Fathers of the Oratory will continue their pastoral work in this difficult time. At this time, the Fathers have begun to broadcast reflections and meditations here.
The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a decree granting special Indulgences to the faithful suffering from COVID-19, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who are praying for them. Full details can be found here.
The Archdiocese has warned us that various scams have arisen surrounding COVID-19. Some of these have the form of selling COVID-19 testing kits, while others appear to be requests, purportedly from the pastor, for iTunes gift cards.
If you are unsure about an email or communication purporting to come from us, please contact the parish office.