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Current Status & Updates
Re-opening Plan for Corpus Christi Parish
We are adhering to the re-opening plan of the Bishops of Ontario known as WorshipSafe. This document contains the principles and guidelines that we must follow to ensure, as much as possible, the safety of all who gather for worship.
At this time, the Parish Office remains closed to the public. Business is being conducted by phone or email only. If your business requires an in-person visit, you must first call and book an appointment, chances are we can assist you over the phone or by email.
At this time, we are not accepting Mass intentions.
Stages for Re-opening
The church will re-open over the course of several weeks. We will open for Sunday Masses beginning the weekend of June 27 & 28. Weekday Masses and Baptisms will resume on July 14. The church will be open from 9:00 am – 12 noon for personal prayer and devotions beginning August 4.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be by appointment only. Please call the Parish Office to schedule a time with Father.
The Ontario Government is allowing churches to re-open at 30% capacity with physical distancing requirements. Seating in the church will be considered on a “first come, first served” method. The entrance door will be opened 20 minutes prior to Mass, and will remain open until we reach capacity. Once we have reached capacity, the door will be closed.
Should You Come to Church?
During this time of uncertainty, we highly recommend that anyone who is in a vulnerable category due to age, health or other condition to remain home at this time. Bishop Colli’s dispensation from one’s Sunday obligation remains in effect. We encourage everyone who remains at home to make Sunday holy by making a spiritual communion by participating at Mass online, or through acts of devotion (for example, reading Scripture or praying the Rosary).
Arriving at Church
To ensure that we are compliant with the requirement of 30% capacity, there will be one entrance to the church. The entrance is the doorway at the St. Anne’s Chapel on the north side of the church. Signage has been posted.
Please remember that you and your household must check your temperature before you leave for church. If the temperature of anyone in your household, is greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius please stay home. Likewise if you are experiencing any symptoms as described in the checklist from the Bishop’s Office, please stay home. Anyone displaying symptoms will not be permitted inside the church.
Inside the Church
Upon entering the building, we ask that you use hand sanitizer.
We highly encourage you to wear a mask while in church. This is a sign of Christian charity and concern for one’s neighbour. Disposable masks will be available at the entrance for a cost of $2. Volunteers will not have the ability to make change. To make receiving Holy Communion easier, please wear a mask with ear loops.
We ask for your cooperation in following the instructions and signage in the church for the safety of all. Hospitality ministers will guide you to the pew in which you will sit. Seating will begin at the back of the church moving to the front. Once seated please do not leave your pew.
Hospitality ministers will guide you, pew by pew, to exit the church, beginning from the pew closest to the exit door. A donation box will be available to drop your offertory envelope and donations to the Parish as you exit. Please note that the easiest and safest way to donate to the Parish is by the Pre-Authorized Donation Plan (form can be downloaded from the website), or online at our website or through CanadaHelps.org. Pre-authorized and online giving reduces the amount of paper that our staff and volunteers have to touch.
Please note that donations to St. Vincent de Paul must be placed in their collection box mounted on the wall.
Closed Areas in the Church
Due to physical distancing and sanitization requirements, the sanctuary, sacristy, reconciliation chapel, children’s chapel, choir loft, elevator, washrooms and the entire lower level of the church are closed to all parishioners until further notice.
At this time, washroom facilities are unavailable. If you have a condition that requires you to frequently use the washroom, we encourage you to remain home at this time.
The celebration of Mass will look and feel different so that good health and safety measures, including physical distancing, can be maintained. We also understand that wearing a mask for a prolonged period is uncomfortable. We will endeavour to celebrate a prayerful and joyful liturgy while being aware of time.
During this time, music will be limited and we ask the congregation to not sing. To this end, the Mass parts will be spoken and the hymnals, along with all paper publications, have been removed from the pews. We encourage you to bring your Sunday Missal with you. Please remember to take it home with you when you leave; anything left in the pews must be discarded.
Distribution of Holy Communion
The reception of Holy Communion will take place this way:
• the priest, while still at the altar, will hold up the Eucharist and proclaim “The Body of Christ”, to which all parishioners respond “Amen”;
• beginning on one side of the church, pew by pew, parishioners will form one line in the centre aisle maintaining physical distancing at all times;
• as the person in front of you receives Communion, remove your mask from one ear;
• without saying anything, you will approach the priest with hands extended and receive Communion;
• immediately consume the Body of Christ while still in front of the priest, and then turn to return to your pew, securing your mask as you go.
Bringing Communion to the Homebound
If you have a pyx which you use to bring Communion to the homebound, we ask that you drop it off at the Parish Office before noon on Friday so that it can be sanitized. Place the pyx in a bag with your name. You will receive the pyx on your way out of church after Mass.
Updates to this Plan
This plan will be updated as required. Updates will be communicated through the E-Bulletin, the Parish website and our Facebook page.
Sacraments & Preparation
First Communion Update
Given the current situation with COVID-19, the continued closure of churches throughout the province and the restrictions on large gatherings, the celebration of First Communion will be postponed until the Fall of 2020. No specific date will be set at this time, however it will be after Thanksgiving (provided we can safely gather at that time). Parents/ Guardians of the First Communion candidates will be receiving a letter via Google Classroom with more details.
The Confirmation Mass originally scheduled for Sunday, 3 May 2020 is postponed until further notice. A new date will be scheduled based upon the Bishop’s availability and when the government lifts the ban on gatherings. Confirmation candidates and their parents/ guardians will be receiving a letter from their Confirmation teachers with more details.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
At this time, Reconciliation is being celebrated by appointment only. Call the Parish Office at 345-6541 to schedule a time.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
At this time, the Anointing of the Sick is reserved for those at end-of-life. This does not mean you should wait to call for a priest. If you have a loved one who may need to receive the Anointing of the Sick, call or email the Parish Office in advance so that we are aware of the situation. House calls are not permitted at this time, and some long-term care facilities are restricting visitors, which include clergy visits.
In an emergency, do NOT call the Parish Office, ask the nursing station to page the “Roman Catholic Priest-on-Call.”
First Friday & First Saturday Devotions
Parishioners and friends who practice the devotions associated with First Friday and First Saturday can still do so from home. In place of Reconciliation, you are encouraged to make a “perfect act of contrition” by making an examination of conscience and praying an Act of Contrition; and, in place of attending Mass and receiving Communion, to participate in a televised Mass and say an Act of Spiritual Communion. This will allow you then to continue with the devotion for the required nine consecutive months.
Employment Opportunity Update
At the beginning of March, we began the search for a new Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. Applications were due on 17 March 2020. At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have suspended the selection process until further notice. We thank everyone who has applied, and we will hold all applications until we resume the selection process.