Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Posted 2020-03-12 by St. Michael's Communications


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Latest updates from St. Michael’s

Last updated: Sunday, March 22 at 9:45 a.m. MT

Please read the General Directives issued by the Diocese of Calgary on Monday, March 16, which includes the cancellation of all Masses in the Diocese until April 5. An episcopal decree by Bishop McGrattan dispenses Catholics from the Sunday Obligation during this period. You can also read his letter to all the faithful here.

To all parishioners: please know that the church is here for you and we are not closing our doors. The church building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and parishioners can come for private and personal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (please use the south entrance doors). However, we do ask seniors, those with pre-existing health conditions, and more importantly, individuals who are ill or show symptoms of illness — however mild — to please remain at home.

Mass live stream schedule:

• 8:30 a.m. weekday Mass will be live-streamed from St. Peter’s Church, which you can access at www.st-peters.ca/live.
• 10 a.m. Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop McGrattan presiding: catholicyyc.ca
• Daily Mass with Bishop Robert Barron & Fr. Steve Grunow is also available at wordonfire.org/daily-mass.
• Salt + Light TV: Daily Mass and Sunday Mass at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS & SCHEDULE CHANGES

  • Eucharistic Adoration: while people are welcome to come for private prayer, there will be no organized Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, March 20.
  • Confessions: Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (beginning on March 23) or by appointment
  • Creative Arts Open Studio (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month): cancelled until further notice
  • The Voices of Grief film screening on Saturday, March 21, and all future screenings are currently cancelled.
  • Don Swenson’s Grafted In session on Wednesday, March 25, has been cancelled.
  • The family of Erica Gruszczynska would like to inform family and friends that her funeral Mass on Thursday, March 26, will be postponed to a later date.
  • Monday Night Bible Studies: future sessions of the Acts – Spread of the Kingdom Bible study have been cancelled.
  • Rosary Group: the Tuesday evening Rosary group is also cancelled until further notice.
  • Family Compass: the series of workshops organized by the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement (beginning Saturday, March 21), has been postponed to a later date. If you have any questions, please email schoenstattcanada@gmail.com.
  • Pastoral Care services at Wentworth Manor and Wentworth Court have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Youth Ministry: ROOTS Youth (Monday nights) and UNITE youth nights (Thursday nights) are cancelled. Youth are asked to connect with us on Instagram (@onthursdaynights) for upcoming faith content via IGTV.
  • English Language Learners: our Tuesday morning ELL classes have been cancelled until April 23.
  • Undie Sunday: the Knights and CWL’s annual fundraiser scheduled on the weekend of March 20-21 has been postponed to a later date.
  • Art Walk: this year’s event, scheduled on the weekend of March 28-29, has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please email artwalk@saintmichael.ca.
  • All Moms and Tots meet-ups (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.) for the remainder of March have been cancelled
  • Living Stations of the Cross by ROOTS Youth and the soup-and-bun potluck on Friday, April 3 have been cancelled
  • Family Easter Eggstravaganza (Easter Sunday, April 12), has been cancelled.
  • Coffee fellowship after the Sunday morning Masses are cancelled until April 19
  • Women’s Ministry: our monthly Coffee Connections and Lectio: Evangelization sessions are currently cancelled (until further notice)
  • Men’s Ministry: That Man is You sessions on Wednesday mornings are currently cancelled. All inquiries can be directed to tmiy@saintmichael.ca.

Is the coronavirus anxiety affecting your mental health? Call 403-943-1500 for Alberta Health Service’s Access Mental Health (non-urgent cases only, no referral needed), or call 403-266-4357 if you need immediate help.


What you can do

Keeping Sunday holy when we cannot gather for Mass

This is indeed a painful time for Catholics who live on the Eucharist and the sacramental life of the Church as a source of sanctifying grace and strength. However, this can be an opportunity to intensify your interior life of prayer through the different practices and devotions of our Catholic faith.

LECTIO DIVINA & READING SCRIPTURE
Parishioners are encouraged to pray and reflect on the daily readings and practice Lectio Divina, using resources such as The Daily Gospel. You can also login to FORMED and watch the weekly Opening the Word, which offers a prayerful reflection on the Sunday readings. (Don’t have a FORMED account? Claim your free account by going to saintmichael.formed.org).

LIVE-STREAM MASSES
You can also watch the televised Sunday Mass on Salt+Light TV or through the online live stream at saltandlighttv.org at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. every Sunday (Mountain Time), at St. Peter Parish’s Facebook page daily at 8:30 a.m., and from the Diocese of Calgary every Sunday at 10 a.m.

JOIN IN OUR LENTEN PRAYER CAMPAIGN
We also ask that, during this time, we all turn to the Holy Family in prayer and invoke their intercession by joining our Hail, full of grace! Lenten prayer campaign.

PRAY THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS
The Liturgy of the Hours, or the Divine Office, is the daily prayer of the Church which marks the hours of each day and sanctify it with prayer. To learn more and begin praying this venerable practice of Catholic Tradition, visit universalis.com.

MORE RESOURCES
The following websites offer wholesome Catholic content that could minister to your spiritual needs during this time:


How can we pray for you?

If you have any prayer intentions, use the form below so our prayer teams can pray for you!


What St. Michael’s is doing

In accordance with the diocesan directives, St. Michael’s have implemented the following measures to prevent the spread of the virus in our parish community:

  • All public liturgies are cancelled until April 5
  • We’ve cancelled non-essential meetings, mass gatherings with over 250 people, events that include attendees from demographic groups at greater risk, and all other events and activities that promote transmission (e.g. singing, sharing food, close physical contact, etc.)
  • Our baptismal and holy water fonts have been emptied and sanitized
  • Surfaces that are frequently touched (e.g. door handles, countertops, etc.) are cleaned and sanitized
  • Bathrooms are regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • Visits to homes and elderly care facilities by the Pastoral Care Ministry will be cancelled until after Easter. For the meantime, Fr. John and Fr. Pilmaikén will be available for anyone who requests the Sacrament of the Sick.

To continue to support and maintain community health safety, we wish to remind you of the following so that we can reduce the risk to seniors and those with underlying conditions who are the biggest risk groups:

  • Frequently and properly wash hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer liberally.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

We truly appreciate your cooperation in this matter. For any future changes, we will be sending out updates via Flocknote and other communications channels (follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram).

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