WorshipSafe was developed by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario to assist church clergy and lay people with the important but joyful task of re-opening our churches after the COVID-19 closures, and keeping them open so that we can gather together to celebrate our Catholic faith.
The document contains standards and recommendations for safe worship, and although the practice of these directives does not guarantee that viruses such as COVID-19 will not be contracted, they are the best & most practical measure to ensure the safety of our people.
The following are some of the measures in place in our parish, both at St.Kevin’s in Val Therese and Our Lady of Peace in Capreol:
- Everyone entering the church must wear a mask. We would appreciate if you could bring your own, but there is also a small stock available at the church.
- Attendees will be asked a series of questions that include if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or have traveled outside the province in the last 14 days.
- You will be asked to provide your name and contact # for our records. In the event the church is advised of a case of COVID-19 from an attendee, you will be notified.
- Hand sanitizer will be available & attendees will be asked to use it.
- Social distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) is to be maintained. Markings on the floor will indicate spacing & routes of travel, and not all pews will be available to sit in. Ushers will help direct you.
- There is no collection during Mass, however a basket will be available for you to place your envelope or donation on your way out of the church.
- There is no singing by the general congregation during Mass.
- Receiving the Eucharist: Ushers will direct you to maintain physical distancing. The Eucharist will only be given in the hand; step to the side after receiving the Eucharist, and temporarily lift your mask to consume it.
We look forward to seeing you at one our Mass celebrations. However, if you are not comfortable coming yet, we understand. The extension of the Bishop’s Dispensation from Sunday attendance still exists at this time.