Today, I provide you with our Second Parish Update as we face the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Archbishop’s office has now confirmed the established protocol for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg regarding the celebration of Sunday Masses. These directives include the following: “All churches, chapels and mission places of worship are to suspend public masses until and including Sunday, April 26, 2020.” (This date could change according to circumstances). The Archbishop has thereby dispensed all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass from March 22 – April 26, 2020.
The Archbishop will celebrate a private Mass each Sunday from the Cathedral at 11:00 a.m. “live-streamed” from our Archdiocesan website www.archwinnipeg.ca. This will begin Sunday, March 22nd and will continue throughout the duration of these protocols.
In addition, our Parish Office hours (updated March 25) will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. In the event of a hospital emergency, please contact the parish office and follow the prompts. If contact needs to be made concerning Living Waters Columbarium, please use that office’s direct telephone number as shown on its website.
Access to the Church and the columbarium will continue to be made available during scheduled office hours (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday). All access cards for individual access to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel have been deactivated during this time.
Beginning tomorrow, (Friday, March 20th), we will forward to all of our parishioners a link to access some liturgical material every Friday during this period of physical distancing. This material, based on the upcoming Sunday Readings, can be used on Sunday morning either individually or as a household, to pray and find solace in the God who walks with us in these unprecedented times.
Please know of my prayers for all of you during these most unsettling days. I will continue to celebrate the Eucharist in private each day for the scheduled Mass Intentions, as well as for the care and well-being of all of you.
Together, let us continue to keep one another in our prayers as we each do our part as responsible citizens at this time.