COVID-19 Updates

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

SUNDAY MASS: Saturdays at 5pm; and Sundays at 8:30am, 11:00am**, and 2:00pm (effective June 11, 2021).
We welcome you to join us celebrating Mass in-person* or online.
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DAILY MASS (July/August): Join us for daily Mass in-person*** on Tuesday evening (6:30pm) or Friday morning (10:00am)

* Registration required for in-person attendance
** 11:00am Mass will not be livestreamed
*** No pre-registration needed – Just come. Our maximum number in the church, safely-distanced, is 74 persons. Mass will not be livestreamed

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.
 Download the survival kit by clicking here.

August 9, 2021: COVID-19 Update (Update #20) from Bishop Fabbro
Letter from Bishop Fabbro

The recent addendum was written “in light of the increasing rate of vaccinations, relaxed provincial anti-COVID restrictions and greater scientific knowledge concerning COVID-19” with a view to “safely reduce the necessity for full pandemic safety measures”. It cannot be stated enough, though, that the protocols issued earlier, unless otherwise changed herein, remain in
effect. To keep people safe, we must be responsible to follow all the protocols that we have been given. This is no time for self-interpretation or premature relaxation.

Bishop Fabbro, Covid-19 Update, #20

Here is a brief summary of the update from the Diocese of London. Please click on the Letter (above) for the full update:

  • The Importance of Getting Vaccinated
  • Aerosol Transmission
    • continue wearing masks;
    • ventilate the air in buildings frequently as effectively as possible; and
    • maintain reduced numbers of people in contained spaces through physical distancing.
    • no changes are to be made to the setup in our churches, since physical distance remains mandatory.
  • With relaxed restrictions, the following changes may be implemented immediately:
    • Changes that Affect our Church Spaces
    • Changes that Affect our Celebrations
    • The Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance
      • With easier access to churches, the permission for General Absolution is hereby withdrawn immediately
    • The Sunday Obligation
      • the dispensation from the Sunday obligation will continue until the end of the liturgical year, that is 27 November 2021. As before, we will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Concluding Note
    • “We have much to be grateful for in our country, with the benefits of our health care services and the availability of the COVID vaccine. Many countries do not enjoy these benefits. We are grateful for all who continue to put themselves at the service of others to care for the sick and to mitigate the effects of the pandemic in all its manifestations. As we see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”, let us remain steadfast in our care for others – especially the most vulnerable – and for our families and ourselves.”

June 8, 2021: Step 1 of Ontario Roadmap to Reopen (effective June 11, 2021)

Letter from Bishop Fabbro

  • Indoor religious services to resume at 15% capacity
  • Communication regarding how the changes affect parish halls and offices will be forthcoming.
  • Continuation of Sunday dispensation
  • Permission to continue General Absolution
May 14, 2021: Extended Stay-At-Home Order

Letter from Bishop Fabbro

  • Mass for all those suffering during the Pandemic
  • Continuation of Sunday dispensation
  • Permission to continue General Absolution
April 23, 2021: Restriction Clarifications

Letter from Bishop Fabbro

  • Baptisms
  • Extended Dispensations
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: