How we do Mass, gather for fellowship, etc. Sunday Mass will remain online (updated Nov. 5, 2021)

Seating for Mass as per capacity rules set by the Provincial Government: no set percentage of capacity, but a requirement that all in the worship space be able to social distance from people from another household. So, this will mean seating in alternating pews (don’t sit in yellow-marked pews), and in the long central pews, keep two meters/six feet between persons of different households. This will translate into seating for 100 comfortably, and with a reasonable and effective limit of 150 depending upon how the congregation breaks down into households in attendance.

Sanitation and hygiene: Masks to be worn in the pews. We will cease wiping down the pews after each liturgy. Hymnals will be returned to the pews, and other printed materials are now allowed.

Choirs will be permitted beginning November 28, the First Sunday of Advent. All choristers and musicians must remain masked when not singing or playing (this applies to wind instruments only – other instrumentalists must remain masked at all times). Choir must sing facing forward, and be seated at least 4m from the assembly. Social distancing is to be maintained within the choir.

Reception of the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue is allowed. However, those wishing to receive on the tongue must come forward after all others who have received in the hand; they must come only to the priest celebrant.

Social gatherings that follow a religious service (e.g. funeral receptions in the parish centre, coffee hour following Mass, and so on), are not allowed. Outdoor gatherings are limited by the ability to social distance — so events in the parish garden have a reasonable limit of 100. Small meetings (e.g. CWL executive) may be held for purposes of administration if virtual meeting is not practical. Catechetical activities (e.g. RCIA) and other “religious” activities are permitted (e.g. bible study). Social distancing and other health and safety protocols to be followed.

For the immediate future, we will continue to stream/offer a recording online of the whole of the Sunday mass.

Confessions will now be available at their usual scheduled time of 4 to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays. A ventilating fan has been installed in the confessional in the church. Penitents are to wear masks in the confessional; as will the priest-confessor.

The dispensation from the Sunday obligation is still in force.

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Limited seating at our Sunday liturgies, and an understandable anxiety over little ones being able to sit through the whole of the Mass has meant many of our families with young children have not been attending; and those who come also have missed out on a special time with our children’s catechist, Katelyn–it’s been suspended as part of the our COVID-19 protocols.

Katelyn has responded to their need to hear and understand God’s word on their terms despite the restrictions we currently operate under as a parish ministry. So, she’s going online!

Please click this link for instructions on having your children participate in Sunday’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word via Google Classroom.


The Saint Vincent De Paul Society continues its work

While its stores have been closed, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) has continued its valuable and life sustaining work through the whole period of the COVID -19 lockdown. While observing the necessary protocols, our parish Vincentians have done visits and provided material help to people of our community in need. That need is sure to grow as the economic impact of the pandemic and the lockdown manifests itself in lost jobs, closed businesses, etc. So please remember the society and its need for financial support through the end of the lockdown period and into the summer months. Parishioners can put a little extra in their offering, and designate it for SVP and the relief of those in need. If you are in need of assistance, or know someone who is,  please call the Parish Office at 905-628-2880 and follow the auto-attendant menu.

First parish of the diocese, Hamilton 1827

Our  parish of St Augustine’s is the Mother Parish of the Diocese of Hamilton. In 1827, Fr. James Campion built a small wooden chapel in Dundas, marking the beginning of  St. Augustine’s Parish. The first baptism recorded in our register is August 06, 1827, and since then a vibrant community of faith has called St. Augustine’s  home to this very day. (photo courtesy of Dundas Museum and Archives – GN-0060) To learn more, click here: Parish History

Mass and Devotions times


Weekend Mass Times: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. (social distancing seating – approximate capacity 150-175), plus ministers seated in separate area)
Weekday Mass Times: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the church confessional (now ventilated); also by appointment

CHRISTMAS MASSES: Friday, December 24 at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 25 at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
(NOTE: There is no 5 p.m. mass Christmas Day)

Children’s Liturgy: Suspended until further notice
Public Rosary: following the Wednesday morning Mass.
Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction: from end of Wednesday morning Mass to 7 p.m.
(suspended over summer school break; recommences September 15, 2021)
Perpetual Help Novena: following the Thursday morning Mass; next cycle commences September 16, 2021

Compline (Night Prayer): First Sundays of the month, 7 p.m. – NEXT: DECEMBER 5



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