COVID-19 Updates

This is your place to access ongoing communications from us about COVID-19, specifically how this outbreak is affecting the diocese and parish, and how we are responding to it.

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COVID-19 SURVIVAL KIT: The Holy Family Parish COVID-19 Survival Kit is a collection of resources to help you and your loved ones feel the peace and love of God during these difficult times.
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April 16, 2021: Government of Ontario strengthens enforcement of province-wide Stay-at-Home order

  • Places of worship will be locked-down as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, 19 April 2021.
    Directives from Bishop Fabbro:
  1. Masses should be celebrated in the churches to pray for the needs of our people. Where possible, these celebrations may be live-streamed or recorded and up-loaded. One person may participate in the celebration to proclaim the reading(s) and Psalm, along with one instrumentalist and one cantor. Deacons do not assist at these Masses.
  2. Baptisms should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated in danger of death.
  3. Celebrations of First Communion are deferred until the lock-down ends.
  4. Confessions should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated if the pastor determines a serious need; to be determined on a case-by-case basis; to be celebrated only by appointment.
  5. Confirmations are to be deferred until the lock-down is lifted, but may be celebrated in danger of death.
  6. Weddings may proceed with the maximum number of ten people.
  7. Funerals may be celebrated with the maximum ten people allowed.

April 8, 2021: Stay-at-Home order

  • Churches can remain open for services and there is no change to the capacity limit of 15% indoors
    • The dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in place up to and including Pentecost Sunday
  • For the duration of the Stay-at-Home order, church halls and/or other “overflow” rooms should not be used to add to church capacity
  • Offices are to remain closed, except for essential business; staff should work from home
  • Halls remain closed with a few exceptions: “child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs (as described in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014), court services, government services, mental health and addictions support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous), permitted to a maximum of 10 people, social services, collective bargaining, so long as more than ten people are permitted to occupy the rented space, contact information recording required (except for court services)” and blood donor clinics
  • Funerals are limited to 15% of church capacity
  • Funeral services at cemeteries are limited to 50 people where physical distancing can be maintained
  • For an interment service at a mausoleum, please contact the cemetery manager in that area for limits

    For other information, please see:

April 1, 2021: ‘Emergency Brake’ Lockdown

  • A new lockdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Holy Saturday (3 April).
  • Recent directives from the government allow all places of worship in “Grey-Lockdown” zones to admit up to 15% of their seating capacity. Our current allocated spaces for guests in our parish is under this allocation.

February 26, 2021: Reopening
Letter from Bishop Fabbro

  • More directions about Stations of the Cross (YouTube Fridays 7pm), Catechetical Sessions, Masks during Liturgy, and Parish Offices.

February 16, 2021: Reopening
Letter from Bishop Fabbro

  • The provincial Government of Ontario has lifted the “Stay-at-Home Order” effective Tuesday, February 16, 2021. In-person Mass will resume the First Sunday of Lent – February 20 & 21 – under “Red – Control” zone restrictions.

January 29, 2021: Lent and Easter

  • Bishop Fabbro extended dispensation from Sunday obligation until the end of the Easter season and gives direction to what Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter might look like with or without lockdown orders.

January 14, 2021: State of Emergency

December 26, 2020: Province-Wide Lockdown

  • Per Provincial Lockdown announcement and Bishop Fabbro’s direction, public celebration of Mass is suspended until January 23, 2021. The parish office is also closed. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
  • COVID-19 update from Bishop Fabbro

June 13, 2020: Bishop Fabbro’s directives about re-entry into our churches: