Protocols for Attending Mass -Stage 1

First Stage protocols to attend mass during the pandemic.

May 27, 2020

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has announced that we may return to celebrating Mass, with Archdiocesan directives and in accordance with the Alberta Health Department restrictions in the First stage.

See the full guidelines here on the Archdiocese website.

The main protocols/directions to be observed

  • The total number of participants at each Mass is 50 including the Priest, or fewer if that is required ensuring physical distancing inside the Church.
  • Those who wish to attend any weekday or Weekend Mass will have to phone the Holy Name Parish Office during working hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday, except long weekends/public holidays) to register their names in advance and their family members if they come along with the contacting person.
  • The entrance door will ONLY be opened 30 minutes prior to the Mass and will be locked during the celebration. The check-in begins 45 minutes before Mass.
  • While registering, the contact information of attendees will be recorded (and kept in the Office for two weeks) and checked while entering the Church. This recording is also for the purpose of contact tracing if necessary.
  • Attendees will be asked a series of health and travel-related questions as recommended by Alberta Health Services.
  • Sanitizing hands upon entry and exit are mandatory.
  • Require masks for all volunteers and all attendees are encouraged to wear masks, especially during Communion Service and have to bring their own.
  • Need to observe physical distancing between people/different families in and out and throughout the celebration.
  • Congregants will be able to receive Holy Communion in the form of the consecrated bread, but there will be no distribution of consecrated wine. Communicants will need to wear a mask to approach for Holy Communion, as will the priest when he is distributing it.
  • Singing during Mass is not allowed, as this can cause to spread respiratory droplets that can infect others with the coronavirus.
  • Attendees and volunteers from demographic groups that are at a greater risk of serious illness, such as people 65 years of age or older and individuals with chronic medical conditions, are encouraged to stay safe by avoiding public gatherings, but are not prohibited. But if wish so does it at their own risk.
  • Anyone who has even the slightest symptoms or feelings of any sickness must remain home to save themselves and others.

The dispensation of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place until decreed otherwise by the Archbishop.