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COVID-19 Protocols

 


COVID-19 Notice:

  • As of April 2021, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto are returning to a ten (10) person capacity limit and suspending public Masses to comply with Ontario's state of emergency and stay-at-home orders. Communion Services are offered in lieu of Sunday Mass.
  • As of March 2021, our parish is able to admit 15% of our church's capacity, including the priest and church volunteers.
  • Everyone who wishes to attend Mass/Communion Service must pre-register for a ticket online or by phone.
  • Mass/Communion Service registration begins Monday at 6:00 AM and closes Friday at 3:00 PM.

 

How do I register for Mass?

There are two ways you can register:

Online

If you click on our registration link – https://bit.ly/STP-Events – you will be directed to our EventBrite page, which shows our Masses on schedule.

Select your preferred Mass and the system will take you through the registration process.

Registration is successful if you receive a confirmation email and a printable ticket.

IMPORTANT: One person per ticket. Families looking to attend Mass will have to get tickets for dad, mom, every kid, and whoever is joining you for that day.

By phone

Registration can also be done through the Parish Office. Please contact 416-261-7498 and our staff will register you on a Mass of your choice.

IMPORTANT: Please have your proof of registration (e.g. Mass ticket) handy as you come to church. This will help us welcome you more smoothly.

Do I have to register for weekday Mass (e.g. Daily Mass)?

Registration for Daily Mass happens in-person at the church.

As you enter the church, please make sure to:

  • Log in your name and contact details on the parish logbook.
  • Sanitize your hands with hand sanitizer.
  • Choose a seat that has been marked and numbered for physical distancing (i.e. the "seat number").
  • Write this seat number beside your registration on the logbook.

What are your safety protocols?

First and foremost, please consider whether it is prudent for you to come to church at this time.

If you or someone in your household is:

  • Feeling sick
  • Has a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius onwards
  • Has been exposed to a COVID-positive individual in the last 14 days
  • Waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, among others...

...please stay home.

Cardinal Thomas Collins continues to provide dispensation from attending Sunday Mass continues until further notice.

If you feel that you are able to come to church at this time, then please register for Mass and then screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving the house. We will be conducting mandatory COVID-19 screening for every parishioner upon arrival.

St. Theresa's Parish COVID-19 Protocols
There will be new safety behaviours in place to keep our parish safe:

  • Early arrivals
  • Hand sanitation
  • Assigned seating
  • No congregational singing
  • Simple sign of peace
  • Communion by hand
  • No touching of statues
  • Washrooms can only be used only for emergencies
  • No lingering in the church after Mass

Early arrivals
Please arrive 15-30 minutes before Mass to properly welcome you to the church. We are unable to accommodate latecomers at this time. Please arrive early.

Hand sanitation
There will be hand sanitizers at the door. Please disinfect your hands prior to entering the church.

Assigned seating
Volunteers will direct you to a pew that has been marked and measured for physical distancing. We want to keep that 2 metre/6 feet distance between parishioners to keep our church safe.

No congregational singing
Singing is discouraged at this time. We will resume this practice as soon as it is safer to do so.

Simple sign of peace
Hugs, handshakes, or any form of physical contact (outside of your immediate circle or household) during the sign of peace is discouraged. Please offer a simple bow to your neighbour at this time.

Communion by hand
Communion will be received by hand at this time. We will restore communion by the tongue as soon as it is safer to do so.

No touching of statues
We recognize the pious intent behind venerating a statue by touch. Please do so at a distance for now. We will resume this practice as soon as it is safer to do so.

Washrooms can only be used for emergencies
We request parishioners to use our washrooms only when it is absolutely necessary. Please reach out to an usher if you truly need to use the washroom.

No lingering in the church after Mass
The church will be cleaned and disinfected after Mass. Help us get this important task underway by leaving the church immediately after the dismissal (e.g. "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life").

I forgot to register. Can I still go to Mass?

For safety reasons, walk-ins and latecomers will NOT be admitted to Mass starting March 2021. Doors will close five (5) minutes before the scheduled Mass. If you foresee that you will be late for Mass, please consider joining the Mass via livestream. 

Beyond that, please get a ticket. We have to maintain church capacity at all times.

I have more questions. Who do I reach out to?

Please feel free to contact the Parish Office for further questions on safety practices in this new normal.

You may also review the Archdiocese of Toronto's WorshipSafe guidelines which is the basis of our safety practices in the parish.


Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new normal.

Rest assured that the new practices we are putting in place is meant for a greater good – the health and safety of St. Theresa's parish community.

We WILL get through this together.

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