We have some very positive news to share this week. OLPH Parish will offer Sunday Masses with congregations – limited to 50 people – starting this weekend, May 23/24.
Mass times are as usual – Saturday Mass (anticipated) 5pm, Sunday Masses at 9am, 11am and 5pm.
The COVID-19 pandemic still presents a serious threat to physical health. Our provincial authorities discourage unnecessary activities outside the home and continue to call for physical distancing, frequent handwashing, appropriate use of masks and the limiting of public gatherings to no more than 50.
For us Catholics access to the Eucharist and the Church’s full sacramental life is of the utmost importance to our spiritual well-being, hence the opening of our churches with some restrictions will apply.
All the faithful in the Archdiocese of Vancouver remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this initial reopening phase. They are also not required to attend a weekday Mass in place of the Sunday Liturgy.
In keeping with the directives of the Archdiocese of Vancouver regarding safety of parishioners attending Mass, the parish is taking several measures.
RISKS & RESTRICTIONS
Despite these measures, please understand that anyone attending Mass does so at their own risk.
The following must stay home for the sake of the wider community:
The following are encouraged to stay home for the sake of the wider community:
Please understand that these measures need to be taken very seriously by all, in order for us to be able to gather safely to celebrate the Eucharist. For now, weekday Masses will not be available at OLPH because we are unable to ensure that the necessary safety measures will be in place on those days.
Let us pray to our Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help that this situation will not last long. Let us also ask Mary for her intercession for the protection of our families, the recovery of those who are sick, the safety of all frontline workers, peaceful repose for those who have died and, most of all, the end of this pandemic.