Face Mask Update

In the City of Calgary: If your parish follows the diocesan guidelines and requires parishioners to pre-register for Mass and have walk-ins only before Mass begins as doors are shut and locked as soon as Mass is underway (not leaving opportunity for people to just walk in during the Mass), churches in Calgary can continue the practise of letting the parishioners decide whether to wear the mask while stationary in the pews. The only time we require them to wear a mask is while on the Communion line for the reception of Holy Communion.

  • Calgary: effective Saturday, August 1, 2020 – More info
  • During Mass
    • The diocesan guidelines requires parishioners to pre-register for Mass and have walk-ins only before Mass begins as doors are shut and locked as soon as Mass is underway (not leaving opportunity for people to just walk in during the Mass). The only time we require them to wear a mask is while on the Communion line for the reception of Holy Communion, and when physical distancing is not possible. 
    • Priests are required to wear face coverings/masks before Mass, during the distribution of Holy Communion, and after the final blessing. 
    • Concelebration with priests, not of one’s cohort (Cohort = Pastor & Associate Pastor living in the same rectory), is discouraged at this time. Except for when the lector is at the ambo, the priest must be alone in the sanctuary.
    • Lectors are permitted to remove their face covering/mask when proclaiming/reading at the ambo. Note: Refrain from touching the microphone. 
    • Since the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation still applies, anyone who has difficulty and issues with wearing a mask may want to consider staying home and staying safe at this time.
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  • During Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Marriage and Anointing of the Sick: Priests must wear face coverings/masks when celebrating the Sacraments which will put them in close
    proximity to the people.
    • WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS – The City does not consider weddings and funerals as public events where parishioners are free to walk in during the ceremonies, therefore, our current diocesan guidelines and practise apply and do not need any modifications.