Current Schedules and Protocols

This page was last updated on Sunday January 17, 2021 with updates to Confession schedules.

The Cardinal has approved a short Holy Communion service for up to 10 people at a time (including the priest) on Saturdays and Sundays. These are scheduled in consecutive 15 minute segments, and are permitted to continue as an essential service under the latest stay-at-home order. You can sign up for a timeslot at this link each week.

If you know parishioners who are not tech savvy, please feel free to sign them up, or ask them to call the parish office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. so that we can sign them up. Please sign up only once each weekend to allow as many parishioners as possible the opportunity to receive Communion. Please note that you can deregister yourself in case you are feeling sick or need to change your plans. You do not need to phone us to do it. Please note also that we have not scheduled Communion services for the whole of Sunday so as to give people a chance to drop in for prayer or Confessions at the free times. If you do come during these times, be aware of the ten person maximum rule. The schedule for Communion services will be as follows:

Holy Family Parish
Saturday: 3:00-4:00pm; 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00-10:30am; 1:00pm-3:30pm; 7:30pm-9:00pm

St Vincent de Paul Parish
Saturday: 3:00-4:00pm; 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00-10:30am; 2:00pm-4:00pm

The schedule of regular livestreamed Masses is as follows:

Weekdays
-7:45 a.m.
-11:30 a.m. (Old Rite)

Saturday
-10 a.m.
-11:30 a.m. (Old Rite)

Sunday
-11 a.m. (Sung English Mass from St Vincent de Paul Parish)
-11 a.m. (Solemn High Latin Mass at Holy Family Parish)

Since we are unable to use the equipment that we had access to in the previous lockdown, the livestreaming setup will be considerably pared down for the time being. We will work on improving the setup in the coming weeks.

Both parishes will continue to be open for private prayer for up to 10 people at a time. At Holy Family the hours of opening will be the usual times, with the exception of Sunday morning from 10:30am to 12:30pm to allow for the livestreaming of Mass within the Church. At St Vincent de Paul the church will be open from 8am to the late afternoon, but on Sunday will be closed from 10:30am to 1:45pm to allow for livestreaming.

When in the church, please remember to observe:

  • Hand sanitizing – mandatory. Sanitizer will be provided at the church entrances.
  • Masks – mandatory by municipal bylaw.
  • 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.

Confessions will be still heard, but at different times. Signs will indicate where these confessions will be heard at each Parish. At Holy Family confessions will be heard Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 8:00am and from 5pm to 6pm. Additional confessions will be heard on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Confessions will be heard on Saturday from 4pm to 5pm, and on Sunday from 4:30pm to 5pm. At St Vincent de Paul confessions will be heard on Friday from 11am to 12pm. Confessions will be heard on Saturday from 4pm to 5pm.

News and updates. In order to be kept abreast of latest developments at Holy Family, please send an email to [email protected]. For St Vincent de Paul, send an email to [email protected].

Offertory envelopes can be dropped off at their respective rectories.

Parish Groups. Due to new government regulations, parish groups cannot meet in person until further notice. RCIA will proceed online at 7:30pm on Mondays, while Bible Study will be online at 7:30pm on Tuesdays. Send an email to [email protected] if you are interested.

Sacramental Preparation. First Communion and Confirmation classes are on hold for the time being. You can still register your child for the classes by contacting the parish offices.

Special Indulgences. 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.

Scam Alert. 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.

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.

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