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COVID-19 Updates

The Province of Alberta has confirmed that we enter Stage 2 on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The duration of Stage 2 is unknown. 

Beginning on June 10, 2021:

  • All protocols dealing with proper physical distancing, the use of masks, contact tracing, sanitizing remain in effect at all parishes in the Archdiocese.

Mass (Sunday and weekday)

  • The capacity limit for in-person attendance is 1/3 of the fire code occupancy. Parishes will need to determine how the increase for in-person attendance will be arranged with proper physical distancing protocols still in effect.
  • The distribution of Communion on the tongue is temporarily not allowed during Stage 2.

 VIDEO: How to receive Communion

 

VIDEO: Demonstration of how to receive Communion

Weddings (With Mass and Outside of Mass)

  • Wedding ceremonies may now have up to 20 people. Weddings continue to include the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers. The Alberta government and AHS now include photographers and videographers in the 20 people attendance. We are following up on our last update. The Archdiocese does not consider the soloist and instrumentalist as part of the 20 people allowed.

Funerals (Funeral Mass or Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass)

  • Funerals continue to have a maximum of 20 people. This number does not include facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.

Baptisms

  • In-person attendance for Baptism is 20 people. This does not include the celebrant.
  • Proper physical distancing and the use of masks are required during the celebration of the rite.

Mausoleum

  • The capacity limit for in-person attendance is 1/3 of the fire code occupancy.

Confirmation

  • Pastors may confer the Sacrament of the Confirmation, especially if the parish postponed the celebration due to the recent restrictions.

Visitation to the Sick

  • During Stage 2, a priest or deacon may take Holy Communion to the sick. If visitation is to a hospital or nursing home, we must adhere to the institution's admission and risk mitigation policies.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Adoration continues to be permitted with adherence to canonical guidelines and proper physical distancing and mask use.
  • The capacity limit for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church is now 1/3 of the fire code occupancy.

Social Gatherings

  • Outdoor social gatherings, with proper distancing, allowed up to 20 people.
  • Indoor social gatherings are not permitted. This can limit visits to parishioner's homes until Stage 3, which could begin in a few weeks.

As we enter into Stage 2, our parishes continue to prepare for Stage 3 of Alberta's Open for Summer Plan.

We thank all of you, clergy or parishioner, for your faithful stewardship these past several months. The preparations we all make together these next weeks will be essential as we return to pre-pandemic activities. There may be new ministries that will flow from the many volunteers that have offered their gifts these past several months, so please talk to your pastor about any way you can contribute and be involved moving forward together in Christ.

Archbishop Smith's Video Messages

How can we grow in holiness during the pandemic?

 

“In this video message, I’m responding to a question that was put to me not long after restrictions placed upon us due to COVID-19 began to take hold. Someone wondered how to grow in holiness during this time of pandemic. Let’s take a brief look at that.”

“Let me say first that I’m really pleased with the question. It suggests an intuition that these strange and limiting circumstances might be providing us with an occasion to ponder closely our life of faith and the universal call to holiness that is ours from Baptism. I think here we already have what we could call a holy intuition, one that recognizes that, since God is always at work in our lives, we should be very attentive, especially in untoward situations, to how we might be called to cooperate with his grace...”

— Archbishop Richard Smith, May 7, 2020

Catechesis

Other

AB/NWT Bishops Pastoral Letter “On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal”

Archbishop Smith's Letters & Messages

Faith Resources

From Pope Francis

At Home

Spiritual Communion is an act of prayer that can be used when participating in the Mass remotely.

During the Pandemic, Living With Christ is offering free Prayer Resources and Daily Mass texts.

The Archbishop's homily texts will be posted on our Messages and Homilies page.


Archdiocesan Updates for Parishes and Staff

General Updates

Human Resources

Mental Health Support

If you, or a loved one, is feeling mental health distress, please call 211 (Alberta only) or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

  • Protecting your Mental Health – Canadian Mental Health Association page with resources on maintaining your mental health
  • Sunlife Employee Assistance Program – Available for staff who are enrolled in the Archdiocese benefits programs
  • Help in Tough Times – Alberta Health Services resources page with support for you or someone you know. You can find information on items such as COVID-19, Social support, Stress, Mental Health, Grief support, and even in finding Healthcare Services.

On the Reintroduction of the Public Celebration of Holy Mass

VIDEO: Announcing a Gradual Return to Publicly Celebrated Mass