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How St. Theresa's Parish is Responding to the Stay-At-Home Order

Posted : May-03-2021

Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 parishes in the entire Archdiocese of Toronto are suspending public Masses to support the Province of Ontario's state of emergency and stay-at-home order.

Here are the ways our parish will be responding to the stay-at-home order and what you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

What You Need to Know (as of May 3, 2021)

  • Parishes can only allow ten (10) people to the building per service, e.g. Communion Service, weddings, and funerals. This number includes clergy, staff and volunteers.
  • Public Masses are CANCELLED for the duration of the stay-at-home order.
  • Holy Communion Services will be offered in lieu of the Sunday Mass. Eight (8) slots are available per Communion Service.
  • Pre-registration for Communion Services is required. Please sign up to attend through our registration portal or by contacting the Parish Office before Friday at 3 PM.
  • Our COVID-19 safety protocols will be rigorously implemented to ensure your health and safety during this critical time.

Will Masses still be celebrated even if it is livestreamed?

  • Although public Masses are suspended during the stay-at-home order, Masses will still be celebrated and LIVESTREAMED through our livestream channel - https://bit.ly/STP-Livestream.

MAY 2021 LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE

  • Sunday Mass - 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday Mass, Novena to St. Therese, and Eucharistic Benediction - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday Novena and Mass in Honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help - 8:00 AM
  • Friday Novena and Mass to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 6:45 PM 

Safety Reminders

  • Please discern if it is prudent for you to come to church at this time. If you or someone in your household is at serious risk of a severe COVID-19 infection, please stay home. Cardinal Thomas Collins continues to provide dispensation from the Sunday obligation during this pandemic. 
  • Should you decide to come to church, please pre-register for Mass/Communion Service to secure a spot. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins and latecomers at this time.
  • Please screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving for church. 
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before each Communion Service begins. Doors close 5 minutes before the service starts.
  • Practice all personal protective measures while in church - masking, physical distancing, hand sanitation, etc.
  • Please DO NOT congregate in or around the church before and after Mass. Exit the church as soon as Mass is finished.

Is it true that I have to stand for the ENTIRE Communion Service?

We are unable to open the pews for seating at this time. Please plan to stand for at least THIRTY (30) MINUTES throughout your entire visit to the church (i.e. arrival, Communion Service, and exit). Should you need accessibility assistance prior to the Communion Service, please contact the Parish Office (416-261-7498) immediately to make arrangements.

My son or daughter is in sacramental preparation (e.g. First Holy Communion, Confirmation, etc.). Any change I need to know of?

Sacramental preparation programs (e.g. First Holy Communion and Confirmation) are still underway since they are offered virtually. We will immediately communicate changes to the program should an urgent need to do so arises.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

As of Thursday, April 8, 2021, priority hotspot neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel will be eligible for wider COVID-19 vaccine access (i.e. open to adults 18-onwards).

Please consider getting vaccinated when your turn arrives.

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, considers vaccination an act of charity and calls on every Catholic in the Archdiocese to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

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