Please be informed that our Sunday 7 pm Masses are cancelled starting July 5, 2020
WELCOME BACK TO
Pilgrims, we are less than 4 weeks away for the four-week pilgrimage into the life of Jesus in scripture …. “The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage”.
We are happy to unveil the line up of speakers now. There will still be some more surprises coming. Twenty key events, twenty five plus talks by internationally renowned speakers.
Keynote speakers include Dr Scott Hahn, Fr Donald Calloway, Jason Evert, and Dr Edward Sri with more surprises coming!
Other speakers will also include Sonja Corbitt, Dr Christine Wood, the Immaculata sisters, Madeline Carrington, Sarah and Tomas Tuszczak, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Christopher West, Fr Mitch Pacwa, Dr John Bergsma, Steve Ray, Deacon Peter Pellicaan, Mann Rentoy, Fr Robert Spitzer along with many more!
Thank you to those of you that have registered already. For the rest of you please register now at https://www.parousiamedia.com/the-spiritual-rosary-pilgrimage/
Thousands have already signed up for this worldwide pilgrimage focusing on key events of Jesus’ life in the scriptures, accompanied by His mother.
Mark your calendars as this pilgrimage starts on September 8 (the birthday of Mary) and concludes on October 7 (the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary).
This pilgrimage will take us deep into the life of Jesus (and you will never again view or pray the rosary the same!)
Join the Rosary Pilgrimage group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/237167150722245
Look out for more updates on this life-changing opportunity to go on pilgrimage with the mother of Jesus!
Enjoy this invite from Jason Evert below and please help us spread the good news again.
We’re so looking forward to sharing the road with you!
With every blessing
Charbel Raish & Martin Brennan
Parousia Media Pentecost Pilgrimage
A Reopening Message from Fr. James, Pastor.
14 June 2020
“Alleluia! We are open! Yes, after a long wait, we are back at our faith home in a gradual and measured way. The government has approved 30% of seating capacity, while maintaining social-distancing protocols (6 feet between people of differing households). Our 100% seating capacity at St. Francis Xavier is 1200+; which means we planned on being ready to celebrate Mass with up to 360 people initially. But when we observe 6ft social distance, it comes to around 190 individual spots. But, when families sit together in groups of 5/4/2 etc. including parish hall, we are hopeful to accommodate 300 seats.
Our reopening team leaders have been working so hard to welcome you to a safe environment. To do so will require enormous volunteer effort, effective communication, adherence to provincial and Archdiocesan requirements as well as those contained here, and the patience and cooperation of us all. Set forth here is the parish plan for the period of Friday 12 June 2020 through Sunday 28 June 2020. We will review this process and if needed improvements will be made as we go. Please remember, we all journey together through a new and uncertain path.
As we implement our re-opening plans, we must do so with prudence and caution, ensuring that we do everything possible to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. As you can expect, things will look a little different when we return to church. There may be some practices that are uncomfortable, and they may seem overly restrictive; I understand that. However, to prevent us from having to close once again and to keep everyone as safe as possible, we must all do our part and make the best of this challenging situation. One of the biggest challenges is that, to reopen, we must do so in phases where our capacity will be limited due to directives from the Province of Ontario’s medical experts. Please read these carefully this document in its entirety to learn how our parish will do our best to tackle this issue.
A few things to note for the foreseeable future
- There will be no Solemn entrance procession
- There will be no offertory procession 2
- There will be no congregational singing at Masses.
- There may be a cantor at some Masses depends on availability.
- There will be no need for Deacons
- There will be no need for altar servers.
- There will be only one lector per Mass
- Holy Communion will be distributed only in hands and in the pew.
- The Entrance and Exit will be separate.
- The office will remain closed. For any assistance, please call the parish office.
If you attend any one Mass, meeting, even personal prayer, you are asked to bring your own hand sanitizer and advised to wear a face mask or covering. You may be asked/required to cleanse/sanitize/wipe down, any area that you sat/knelt/stood in or nearby. Your cooperation is essential and your assistance, for your own good and that of your neighbours, is respectfully expected.
Saturday 13 June 2020:
Church remain closed for cleaning & signage preparation
Sunday 14 June 2020:
Church opens for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m.
- Please enter and exit only through the automatic doors to avoid touching door handles; bring your own hand sanitizer and be prepared to sanitize your place of prayer and environs before leaving after you finish your prayers (pew cleaning material provided at parish).
- Volunteer training at 4.00 p.m.
Wednesday 17 June 2020: Daily Mass resumes
Starting this date, we will resume our weekday and weekend Masses. Our weekday Masses will be at 8.00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Note the time change: There will be no Noon Mass.
Due to number restrictions to attend Mass, and facilitate different age groups and skillsets, we are going to follow two admission process. The first one is by online booking using Eventbrite and the other one is first come first served basis.
Eventbrite Online Booking Masses: Sun: 9.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m., 12.00 Noon, 1.30 p.m.
First come first served Masses: All weekday Masses, and certain weekend Masses like Sat: 5 p.m. Sun: 7.30a.m & 7.00 p.m. Among these weekend Masses Saturday 5.00 p.m and Sunday 7.30am Masses are reserved for seniors. The Sunday 7.00 P.M Mass is for all age group and will be accommodated on a first come first served basis.
How to register for parish Mass with Eventbrite? Here is the link to our Eventbrite page
You will be required to give the name and phone number of those you wish to register. Please register only those who will DEFINITELY ATTEND. Registration will be closed two hours before the Mass begins. If you arrive at the church and your name is not on the list of registered persons scheduled at the Mass you have selected, you will not be able to attend that Mass unless there is leftover room (i.e. other registered person/s did not attend; socially distanced spacing can be maintained).
visit our parish website. www.stfrancisxavierchurch.blogspot.com
Please plan on arriving well in time to avoid bottlenecks at the doors at the beginning of Mass. You will check in with ushers at the doors and be escorted to your pew, wherein you shall remain for the duration of Mass. Communion will 4 be received in the pews, as the priest/s will come through the pews and distribute the Sacrament, rather than people approaching the priest in line-ups. Exiting will be done through the designated doors of the church as directed by ushers. The Church will be closed immediately after each Mass for cleaning and sanitizing.
- Cardinal Collins has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future. If, for legitimate reason, you are unable to attend, or even to participate on our livestreamed Mass, you are still obliged by Divine precept to keep the Lord’s holy.
- All Masses will be limited to a maximum of 300 people (for now), to accommodate social distancing requirements.
- The Adoration Chapel will remain closed for the time being.
- Please do your best to use washroom facilities at home before arriving. In the event of genuine necessity, bathroom use will be limited to no more than 1 person at a time.
- Please do not touch statues, images, or holy paintings at any time.
- If you test positive for Covid-19 virus within 14 days of any visit to the St Francis Xavier Parish, please inform the office here so that we can take appropriate care of you and those with whom you may have been in contact.
- These norms will be updated for the week of Monday 29 June – Sunday 5 July; please watch our website for week by week updates as our plan develops and changes and improvements made.
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor.