Archdiocese announces expanded restrictions

News release

Archdiocese announces expanded restrictions

Edmonton, May 6, 2021 – Albertans are dealing with expanded restrictions that affect all faith communities in our province, for at least the next three weeks. The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton will continue to respect and implement any restrictions set by the provincial government in its ongoing efforts to protect public health against the COVID-19 corona virus.

Protecting the health and safety of our community and anyone in our churches and buildings is a serious responsibility we must all embrace.

We look forward to the time when we can all worship together, in person. Respecting these restrictions will get our community to that point sooner rather than later. To promote consistency and hopefully avoid as much confusion as possible, the following restrictions will be in effect in all parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton regardless of regions and number of cases in regions:

Archdiocese-wide Guidelines – Effective May 5, 2021

Weekday and Sunday Mass

Funeral Mass

Weddings and Baptisms

Confirmation, First Communion

For any other scheduled parish activity (Confessions, Adoration etc.), the maximum of 15 people in the parish applies. During this three-week period, the provincial Liturgical Task Force will convene to determine additional possibilities should these stricter regulations remain in place beyond the three weeks, with those possibilities communicated in due course as needed.

We thank our clergy for their continued leadership through this very long year. The new restrictions, while unexpected, are required, given the rapid spike in the COVID numbers in the province. As Catholics, we are each called by Christ to be responsible for our neighbour, and to sacrifice our own comfort to protect the most vulnerable, young and old. Please be patient with the situation, one another, and keep each other safe.

For more information contact the Communications Office:

Andrew Ehrkamp, Communications Lead | Ph: 780-469-1010 ext. 2441 | Cell: 780-399-6523

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