Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are delighted that the Ontario Government announced permission to re-open places of worship at a 30% capacity, after almost 3 months of shut-down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This commences at 12:01 Friday June 12, 2020.
St. Mary’s occupancy limit at this 30% allows us to have 175 people in total; this includes the priest, the deacon, altar servants, the choir, and ushers. This means we can have 150 parishioners in the church in addition to this group who support the service. Because of space limitations, admittance into the church will be on a first come first serve basis until we reach the legal capacity as per the Government of Ontario guidelines. Once we reach this number, we will not be able to admit additional members into the church.
For your safety and protection, we have sanitized the entire church in preparation for this Sunday’s service and will do so on a weekly basis for your safety and protection. In addition, we will be strictly adhering to the approved guidelines by the government to ensure your well-being. These protocols will include the following:
The chanters will socially distance and Abouna Elias will decide the number of chanters needed.
The communion will proceed with Abouna wearing a mask, gloves, and a shield.
The Holy Bread will be served with a tong directly to the hand of the people.
Attendees will remain seated until the ushers guided each of you out of the church. Again, this is for your safety and to ensure social distancing practices.
We will continue to broadcast the service to the remainder of the parishioners that cannot attend, until further notice.
Sisters and Brothers, we are very excited to open our doors, welcome each of you back and be together again. We have worked very hard to ensure these rules are in place to protect each of you and your families while allowing us to follow guidelines and government protocols. As you can imagine this is the new normal (for now).
If anyone is not feeling well or has a fever, we would ask you to please let us know. One of our board members is happy to check in on you. We do ask though that if you are not feeling well, that you do not come to church and please stay home for your own well-being and that of others in our community.
Many thanks again to each of you in advance. We are indeed all in this together. We are stronger together.
The wise teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, prepares for us the fruitful path to His heavenly Kingdom and tells us that He awaits us at the end side of the road.
Passionate about helping others in our Church, We always Welcome and Appreciate a helping hand.
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