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We will begin services with the 7 pm mass on Wed. June 17. From that day on we will follow the regular mass schedule. If necessary we will add a mass.
We can receive for a any scheduled mass only 30% capacity for seating. Hence we can have a maximum of only 110 people at any given scheduled mass.
Weddings and funerals permit eight people plus priests and one server.
Weddings and baptisms permit only nine people plus priest.
Confessions by appointment only. Must call first. There will be no use of the confessional.
People are urged to wear masks.
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Message From Our Pastor
Father Francis Giordano Carpinelli
Plans are being made to re-open the churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
We will implement our plans as soon as possible.
Please read the “Resource for the Faithful” below and refer back to this page for dates, times, and other details..
Resource for the Faithful
As we prepare to re-open churches, please be aware of the following guidelines. We recognize that they may be awkward/uncomfortable and contrary to our culture of hospitality and community. In working to foster a safe environment for all, we thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.
Before coming to church:
• Please check temperature of all family members before coming to church. If any family members have a fever, please remain home for the health and safety of all.
Consult your family doctor.
• If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, please remain home at this time – cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, headache, runny nose, sore throat, chills with shakes.
Arriving at church
• Maintain physical distancing at all times – 2 metres (6 feet) from others – in the parking lot, church entrance and in church itself.
• Upon arrival, put on mask/face covering before entering church (for all those over the age of 3)
• Parishes will likely be using one entrance only – it may not be the entrance you are familiar with. Follow direction of volunteers, signage as appropriate.
• Sanitize hands upon entry and regularly wherever possible.
• Pews and aisles will be marked to note physical distancing requirements. Families and households living at the same residence may sit together; the same 2 metre (6 ft.) distance should be maintained concerning others.
Follow direction of ushers for seating.
• Pews will be emptied of prayer books, hymnals, etc. Parish bulletins will not be published at this time.
• Holy Water fonts will be empty and not in use at this time.
• If your church hall is used for overflow purposes, it will also be marked for physical distancing – same guidelines apply.
Celebration of the Eucharist
• Please listen carefully to announcements before the start of Mass. Follow direction as advised.
• Altar servers, lectors will be kept to an absolute minimum during this period of time. Please do not enter the sacristy unless you have been asked to assist during Mass.
• Other than a cantor or choir appropriately physically distanced, there will be no singing at
Mass until further notice.
• There will be no offertory procession or collection. Please leave donation in the designated basket upon entry/ departure as directed.
• We ask that people do not hold hands or shake hands during any portion of the celebration of the Eucharist.
At the Sign of Peace, a nod or bow to others is appropriate.
• Masks/face coverings should be removed prior to reception of Holy Communion and put back on after consumption.
• During this time of pandemic and under the guidance of local medical health officials, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand by placing one on top of the other, allowing the Eucharistic Minister to safely place the Body of Christ in one’s hand without contact.
• Follow direction of ushers for communion flow ensuring physical distancing at all times
• Follow direction provided for dismissal and departure – exits may be different than those you are accustomed to.
• Following Mass, please depart the church so that cleaning may commence. While it is our nature to congregate/ socialize in the foyer or parking lot, we ask you NOT to do so at this time. Please maintain physical distancing.
• If you suddenly feel ill, start coughing or sneezing, please leave the church for the health and safety of others gathered.
• Children’s ministry, prayers groups and other ministries that gather in the church/church grounds are either suspended or operating virtually only at this time.
• Please use washrooms only if absolutely necessary. One person or family at a time should be in the washroom. Ensure that all wash their hands with warm, soapy water after using washroom facilities. Please respect physical distancing outside the washroom.
• If, within 14 days of attending Mass, you learn that you or someone in your family who attended Mass with you has tested positive for COVID-19, you are asked to: a) contact
the Ontario Public Health Authority; and, b) contact the parish office. Your identity will not be revealed to anyone other than the Public Health Authority, and only to ensure that any spread is contained.
If you would like to volunteer to help at the parish, please contact the parish office.
Separate guidance will be provided to lectors ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, etc
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A Seed of Love
A Catholic Prayer Book
Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Although I have often abandoned you, O Lord, you have never abandoned me. Your hand of love is always outstretched towards me, even when I stubbornly look the other way. And your gentle voice constantly calls me, even when I obstinately refuse to listen. When the sins in my soul are increasing, I lose the taste for virtuous things. Yet even at such moments, Lord, I know I am failing you and failing myself. You alone can restore my taste for virtue. There are so many false friends willing to encourage sin. But your friendship alone can give the strength of mind to resist and defeat sin. What a good friend you are, Lord! You are so patient, willing to wait as long as necessary for me to turn to you. You rejoice at the times when I love you, but you do not hold against me the times when I ignore you. Your patience is beyond my understanding. Even when I pray, my mind fills with worldly concerns and vain daydreams. Yet you are happy if I give only a single second of honest prayer, turning that second into a seed of love. O Lord, I enjoy your friendship so much, why is it not possible for me to think of you constantly?
A Father’s Day Prayer
A father’s love is a profound picture of the unconditional love of God.
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Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”
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POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD – Official Trailer [HD] – In Theaters May 18
“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.
Bishop Michael Curry’s captivating sermon – The Royal Wedding – BBC
ReImagining Faith Formation – Part 1
On February 3, 2018, parish leaders from across the Archdiocese of Toronto gathered at St. Edward the Confessor Parish for the first workshop of the Reimagine Faith Formation Project, presented by John Roberto from Vibrant Faith. The Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century workshop introduced parish leaders to the five elements of comprehensive approach for developing vibrant faith formation in the 21st century: 1) engaging all generations – intergenerationally; 2) nurturing family faith and equips parents to transmit faith at home; 3) addressing the unique needs of age groups – children, youth and adults; 4) developing mission outreach to the unaffiliated and uninvolved and inviting people into discipleship and; 5) utilizing digitally enabled and connected strategies for faith formation.
Holy Holy Holy
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