COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

*Please click here for all information pertaining to attending Mass at St. Mary’s during this pandemic.

Dear Parishioners,

As you may know, we recently changed the seating arrangement at Church, opening every two pews rather than every three. Previously, we were well below the capacity guidelines; with this change, we are slightly below the maximum allowed. Mass attendees are asked to follow the instructions in this video.

Blessings in the Lord,

Fr. Mark Goring

As of June 30, the province of Ontario has entered Phase 2 of the Ontario government’s roadmap to re-open. For the latest information related to the government’s pandemic directives, please click here. For more information, please read the Archdiocese’s note to parishes on this subject below.

Archbishop Damphousse’s Pandemic Message

St. Mary’s Parish Pastoral Council encourages parishioners to read the Archbishop’s letter about continuing to respect COVID-19 restrictions, and to join in his invitation for us to be bearers of hope during this pandemic.

“I believe that we must work together as a Church with our government leaders to fight this pandemic. Even if we don’t like the restrictions, I believe it is essential that we take the necessary steps to save the lives of those in our families, parishes and communities.

Click on the button below to read his letter in its entirety.

Mass

During the current state of pandemic restrictions, Sunday Mass at St. Mary’s is celebrated in person in our church parking lot at 100 Young Street (corner of Breezehill Avenue) on Saturdays at 5:00 pm. In-person Masses are celebrated at Sunday Mass at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Registration is required: You can either subscribe to our Mass Registration emails or register for Mass online.

In addition, Sunday Mass at 11:00 am is live-streamed through our parish YouTube channel. Weekday Masses from Tuesday to Saturday at 9:00 am are also live-streamed through YouTube and on our parish Facebook page.

For all Mass Schedule updates, please click on the button below.

The Church and COVID

A reminder that the Archbishop has granted dispensation from attending Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation during the pandemic. The Archdiocese has also prepared a very helpful resource on Church and COVID, available below.

Parish Office & Contacting Us

During this period of pandemic restrictions, the parish office at St. Mary’s is closed.
However, the office can provide assistance on a curbside model of service. Please call 613.728.9811 or email office@stmarysottawa.ca to make an appointment.

Safety Guidelines 

While we have done our best to ensure that attending our parish is safe, as with attending anywhere during the pandemic, there remain risks that cannot be eliminated. Therefore, all those attending Mass and entering our parish building do so at their own risk.  Please recognize the importance of families and individuals to take responsibility for protecting themselves and others. 

For the well-being of all our Parishioners, we require that the following people stay home: 

  • People with COVID-19 or who live with someone with COVID 19.
  • People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • People with any cold or flu or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Anyone having recently travelled outside of Canada.
We would highly encourage the following people to stay home: 
  • Anyone living with someone with upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
  • All people, especially the elderly, with compromised medical conditions.
  • Family members who live with elderly people or those who are high-risk.

If you are waiting for the results from a COVID-19 test: 

If you are concerned enough to get a COVID-19 test, there is the potential that you have are asymptomatic and could pass COVID-19 onto others without knowing it. In this circumstance, you and members of your family should stay home at least until the test results come in. Them dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person is still in effect, and there are livestream options described above.

If you are awaiting test results, please consult the linked chart to learn what the government asks of you: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/resources/Corona/Covid-19-Tested-What-Now-Handout_-EN.pdf

The preceding link describes people in the “Lowest Risk” category, who have had “no close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, no travel outside Canada, and no symptoms.” People in this category should self-monitor, but they are not required to self-isolate while they wait for their test results.” 

All persons entering or remaining into St. mary’s church building must wear a mask that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin, as required by the Directive issued under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. 

For more details, and for exemptions as to who does
not need to wear a mask, click here

Limited Washrooms

The washroom in the vestibule (Main Foyer) will be open for emergencies. Our other washrooms are cordoned off during the pandemic.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing rules will be in place everywhere in the church and outside in the entrance ways and parking lot. People will not be permitted to meet in groups before or after Mass. Please enter and exit the church as directed by the ushers. 

Hand Sanitizing 

 Hand sanitizing is mandatory. Sanitizer will be provided at the church entrances.