Our Knights of Columbus (Council 6579) raised $1423.60 from its Spring Bottle Drive, including about $500 dollars in
Worship and fellowship most restrictions lifted; some exceptions (March 18, 2022)
Effective March 21, 2022 most pandemic restrictions will be lifted with respect to both worship and parish fellowship activities.
- Masks are no longer required in the church, parish offices, meeting spaces and parish hall.
- Physical distancing is no longer required.
- Celebrations of Children’s Liturgy of the Word (and other youth ministry) is permitted. Although with respect to the children’s liturgy, this might not be available until the fall of this year.
- The Sign of Peace may be given, preferably a bow instead of a handshake.
- However, for the time being masks will continue to be worn by priests and extraordinary ministers of communion for the distribution of the blessed sacrament.
- Those who wish to receive communion on the tongue will continue to receive the sacrament after all others.
- Collections at mass will continue to be done as people enter or leave (i.e. no passing of the basket!)
- Vaccination and testing requirements for liturgical ministers (ushers, servers, lectors and ministers of communion) are lifted.
- Contact tracing for use of the parish centre or when entering the parish offices is no longer required.
- Holy water is again permitted at our entrance. According to the diocesan memorandum sent February 24, “The latest medical opinion from the Worship Safe Committee of the ACBO informs us that… transmission (of COVID-19) by fomites (touching inanimate objects) or by food and water does not appear to occur with the Omicron variant.”
- Choirs are permitted.
- For the immediate future, we will continue to stream/offer a recording online of the whole of the Sunday mass.
- Confessions will resume in our church confessional, Saturdays 3:45 to 4:40 p.m., prior to the 5 o’clock mass.
The dispensation from the Sunday obligation is still in force.
First parish of the diocese, Hamilton 1827
Mass and Devotions times
SATURDAY/SUNDAY MASS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE AND RUMBLE.
Weekend Mass Times: Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Weekday Mass Times: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays 3:45 to 4:40 p.m. (last penitent at 4:30 p.m.); and by appointment
Public Rosary: following the Wednesday-Friday morning Masses.
Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction: from end of Wednesday morning Mass to 7 p.m.
Perpetual Help Novena: following the Thursday morning Mass
Compline (Night Prayer): NEXT — TBA
Photos by Paul Kiely, parish photographer; B. Whitfield et al.
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