13 March 2020
Reverend Fathers & Parish Colleagues,
In view of the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus COVID-19, we will communicate our next full update late this afternoon or evening, after the 3:30 p.m. daily update from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. In the meantime, in view of the many calls and inquiries we are receiving, Archbishop Smith has asked that we share the following information immediately:
Out of consideration for the well-being of others in the community, Archbishop Smith advises that the elderly, anyone with an underlying health condition, and those who feel even slightly unwell are excused from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass.
Celebrations of the Mass
On March 12, the Chief Medical Officer of Health specifically excluded places of worship from her recommendation against gatherings of more than 250 people. Therefore, parishes should continue with weekday and Sunday masses for the time being.
Parish Missions should be cancelled if they were to be led by a priest from outside Canada.
Parish Missions and non-Mass events such as Stations of the Cross or Penitential Services should be cancelled if you anticipate attendance of more than 250 people.
Thank you for your collaboration during this challenging Lent.