COVID-19 Updates

 

Last updated: September 20, 2021

 

Masks are now mandatory in all areas of the church. Masses are running at a reduced capacity of 400 people per Mass. Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis, there is no registration required. 

Please refer to the latest Memorandum (September 8, 2021) from the Diocese here

For all parishes in the City of Calgary, the wearing of masks is mandatory even when participating in Mass in parish churches according to the city face coverings bylaw.

  • For weddings, if the general public will not have access to the church while the wedding rite is underway, it is not considered a public premise for that duration, therefore face coverings will not be required by law.
    • INTERPRETATION: Similar can be applied to small funerals under the same condition of a “private event” where doors are locked while the rite is in progress especially if it is a small gathering. If it is a crowded one, more prudent to require masks.
  • This exemption does not apply to weekday and Sunday Masses even if your doors are locked while Mass is being celebrated.
  • Post the attached City of Calgary Mask Bylaw poster if you are a parish in Calgary.

 

From the City of Calgary’s Q&A:

 

Do face coverings need to be worn in places of worship?

 

Yes. Places of worship are included in the bylaw definition of a public premises, as they are enclosed buildings that members of the public have access to. Although the provincial order expressly excludes places of worship from the mask requirement, the bylaw does not contain a similar exemption. This means that, in Calgary, face coverings are required to be worn in places of worship.

 

However, if a place of worship closes its doors to the public for a private event (for example, a wedding), it is not a public premises during the event and therefore attendees will not have to wear face coverings.

 

Source: https://www.calgary.ca/csps/cema/covid19/safety/covid-19-mask-bylaw-questions-answers.html


 


Mass times (Registration is no longer required):

  • Tuesday: 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.
  • Saturday: anticipated Sunday Mass at 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m.

Please note that Bishop McGrattan’s decree dispensing Catholics from the Sunday obligation remains. This means that even though public Masses have resumed, Catholics are not obliged to attend Mass, and those who attend do so out of their own free will and prudential judgment.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.


Confession times and opening hours

  • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: Mon-Sat from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Confessions: Fridays from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m., Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment (visit contact page to reach our priests).
  • Parish Office: Tues-Fri from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Eucharistic Adoration: Suspended until further notice.

In keeping with safety measures, please observe the following:

  • When visiting the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for private prayer, there should be no more than 20 people together at any time
  • Observe at least 2 metres of physical distancing
  • Those who are ill, show symptoms of illness (however mild), as well as individuals from “demographic groups at greater risk of severe disease, such as people 60 years of age or older and individuals with chronic medical conditions” should stay home.

If you would like to stay connected with other parishioners and offer assistance (i.e. offering to pick up groceries for those in physical isolation, etc.), join our public Facebook group.

What St. Michael’s is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Implementing a more frequent cleaning and sanitizing schedule. This includes sanitizing the sanctuary seats after every Mass, washrooms, and other high-contact surfaces.
  • We’ve made several hand sanitizing stations available throughout the church building.
  • Designating specific entrance and exit-only points to ensure traffic flows in one direction
  • Blocking off certain sections in the sanctuary to ensure physical distancing during Mass

Do you or someone you know need help?

The following organizations are able to offer assistance:

Event Cancellations & Schedule Changes

  • Eucharistic Adoration on Friday’s has been cancelled until further notice.
  • All Moms and Tots in-church meet-ups (Fridays at 9:45 a.m.) are cancelled until further notice
  • 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.
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