Resuming Masses

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
By Michelle Luciuk


Using current rules for gatherings.

 

Fr. Matthew Nguyen and Parish Joint Committee

 

May God, through the intercession of St. Theresa, bless you abundantly and keep you in His care!

 

We understand that the safety measures have caused some inconveniences, as we are eager to attend Mass. We try our best to welcome you and to make you feel to be in God’s family. We thank you for your patience and collaboration.

 

h.     You are advised that washroom are not to be used unless absolutely needed. There are designated people who will sanitize the washroom after every mass. 

g.     For safety measures, Communion will take place after the final blessing, at the end of mass. Fr. Matthew will distribute Communion at the back of the church in the foyer. Ushers will direct you to leave the church, following the marked arrows and keeping social distancing. As mentioned earlier, please don’t forget to put your personal information note and donation in the basket at the church entrance.

f.      Hymn books are not permitted to be used during the Mass. Minimal singing will occur at this time and words will be projected on the screens if necessary.

e.     We are not to take collection during the Mass. Please put your donation in the basket at the church entrance when you leave. If you would like more information on donation giving through your bank, contact Michelle at the parish office.

d.     Before coming to church, please write down on a piece of paper: your full name, phone number and date you are attending Mass. For safety measures, we don’t provide pens and paper. When arriving for mass, please drop it in the collection basket at the church entrance. This procedure meets the protocol for possible contact tracing, as set out by the provincial government.

c.     The ushers will give you a post-it note and assist you to sit at a  marked spot in the pew. You are asked to stick the post-it note at your seat. This will help the volunteers know your seat and will disinfect this spot after the Mass. Please keep the social distancing of 2 meters. However, family members can sit beside one another.

b.     On Saturday/Sunday Mass there will be ushers to clean and disinfect the doorknobs, handles at the elevator and at the church entrance. You are asked to use the hand sanitizer, which is placed on the table at the church entrance when entering the church.

a.     Cleaning supplies are available in the entrance vestibule for cleaners after every mass.  There is a cleaning protocol posted for cleaners.

 

Protocols that need to be followed:

 

 

*NOTE If you want to attend Masses on Saturdays or Sundays moving forward, please call the parish office at 306 233-4230 and leave a message or email (sttheresaparish@gmail.com) by Thursday of each week leaving your name, contact # and which mass you would like to attend. Fr. Matthew will check the message daily and Michelle Luciuk will do the same on Thursday. The first 29 people to call will be allowed to attend the Saturday/Sunday Mass. If you are beyond the limit capacity of 29 attendees for that weekend, we will inform you to attend the next Saturday/Sunday Mass.

 

 

 

  • Beginning Saturday, June 20th there will be Masses on Saturday at 7: 30 pm. and Sunday at 9:00 a.m for the month of June. Please note that Mass time will be changed to 11:00 a.m. for the month of July.

 

  • As of June 16th, 2020, the weekday Masses will also be opened from Tuesday to Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the church. There is no Mass at the Wakaw Lodge on Thursday at this point. If you want to attend the weekday Mass, you don’t have to call the parish office.  We rarely have 29 people attend. However, please sanitize your hands upon arrival and maintain the social distancing 2 meter protocol.  One or more attendees must volunteer at each weekday Mass to follow cleaning protocol, as posted in the back vestibule.

 

  • Moving forward, we really need volunteers/ushers to direct people, and to maintain cleaning protocol at each Mass; so people who are attending this first mass will be training others to assist at future Sunday Masses. Please let the office know if you can help for future masses.

 

  • As of June 8th, the allowable occupancy is 30 individuals.We will reopen the first Sunday Mass in Wakaw on June 14, 2020. This Sunday has been scheduled for the 95th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of St. Theresa, our Patron Saint. Unfortunately we cannot proceed as other years but we are excited to have the Mass livestreamed at 10:30 a.m. presided by Bishop Albert; I will concelebrate the Mass; 3 people from the Chancery Office will do the live-stream; 11 other people will participate in the Mass as ushers, musician, cantor and reader and 14 others will be able to attend the “first trial mass”. For this first Sunday Mass, we suggest that we would call members of the pilgrimage committee.  If numbers permit we would extend a personal invitation to other council members.  The mass will be live streamed through the “Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert”.  This will be the live-streamed Diocesan mass for Sunday, June 14th.  We are very grateful to Bishop Albert for celebrating with us once again and the Diocesan team who graciously accepted our invitation to livestream this 95th Annual St. Theresa Pilgrimage Mass.

 

In response to the bishop’s letter, our parish joint meeting met to discuss all the requirements. It is so important that we take a little time to prepare before reopening the church. Our discussion and preparation is as follows:

 

In the pastoral letter dated May 22, 2020, Bishop Albert Thevenot has allowed our parish to reopen weekday and Sunday Mass with restrictions. We need to follow the guidelines, restrictions and safety measures from the Bishop’s letter, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Diocesan Insurance Company guidelines. These Guidelines have been posted on our parish website (www.sttheresawakaw.com) and Facebook (Wakaw – St. Theresa Parish).

 

It is with joy that we would like to inform you the great news of reopening Mass!

 

Dear parishioners of St. Theresa parish,

 

MASS REOPENING

 





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