We are now able to allow 100 people at each Mass so please familiarize yourselves with the regulations should you want to attend Mass in the upcoming weeks. Please understand that you are still not under any obligation to attend in person. The 11:00 am Mass will still be livestreamed and there are numerous options online. The Archbishop offers a special word of encouragement to those who are most vulnerable at this time - parishioners who are over 65 years of age, have any symptoms of illness, or who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk. On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, he is recommending that you not return to Mass in this early stage. Please be assured, however, that you remain in our prayers, and that you are still excused from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. Below are the current guidelines for people wishing to attend though:

* Total participants will be 100 maximum including the priest and volunteers.

* Access to Mass will need to be fair so parishioners will need to call in to “book” a place at a particular weekend Mass. The phone lines have been extremely busy this week so please be patient and keep calling until you speak to a staff member to book your seats for Masses. Voicemails are not sufficient due to the number of calls we are receiving at the moment. Online booking is also now available via our website: https://stalbertparish.hrp.ca/

* Names and contact details will need to be verified on arrival at Mass so people are asked to start arriving 30 minutes before the Mass and wait (6ft apart) outside the church while families sign in at the door.

* There is a list of health checks that will be read to you on arrival and responses will all need to be negative in order to enter the church.

* Everyone will need to sanitize their hands on entering and exiting the church.

* We request that people try avoid touching anything unnecessarily.

* There will be no holy water in the baptismal font.

* Seating will be spaced according to regulation so people will be ushered to designated seats

*There will be no precious blood but the body will be distributed (only on the hand at this stage).

* The wearing of a mask is mandatory for Mass and although it does not need to be worn throughout Mass, it is required for communion so please ensure everyone in your family has a mask at Mass.

*If you are unsure or nervous about how to take communion while wearing a mask, a very helpful video can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/Q8tg8A5jmP0

* There will unfortunately be no singing at Mass during this phase.

* Volunteers are essential in order for Masses to take place under all these restrictions as we will need cleaners after every Mass, people to sign people in at the door, ushers and people to operate the power point slides for weekend recited Masses. Please contact the Parish Office if you are currently in ministry and you’d like to sign up for any of these positions.

* Finally, please do not attempt to simply arrive at a Mass. We cannot allow any additional people in so if we have committed to 100 people at a specific Mass, we cannot accept anyone else sadly.