By-Law Requires Mandatory Use of Masks at Church|
To our dear parishioners of St Martin of Tours,
I want to thank all of you for your co-operation and kindness as we have returned to church over these past weeks. It has been so great to see parishioners once again and I thank everyone who has been so helpful in this re-opening stage, especially our wonderful volunteers. Thank you!
As you may have heard in recent days, a new by-law has been passed that makes the use of masks or face coverings inside all public places mandatory. This includes churches and our own parish. I would ask that all those coming to church bring a mask or face covering and wear it upon entering the church.
I recognize that this may be an inconvenience yet I know that we are all committed to caring for our neighbour and those around us. While a number of restrictions have been lifted in recent days, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to take the appropriate steps to minimize any potential spread of Covid-19. So while the Archdiocese of Toronto had highly recommended wearing a mask while in church and I know that most of you have been doing so, it is now a by-law that we must follow.
Exceptions to the by-law include people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons (trouble breathing or unable to remove a mask without assistance) and children under two years old.
A few things to note for the foreseeable future:
Registration Required for the weekend Masses (Sat. 5.00 pm and Sun. 8.00 am, 10.00 am and 12.00 noon) and no registration required for weekday Masses. Church will be opened for private prayer and visitation (Monday to Saturday - 8.00 am to 12.00 Noon).
Cardinal Collins has continued the dispensation from Sunday Mass for those of any age whose health is compromised, have a fever or who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
LIVE STREAMING OF SUNDAY MASS AT 10.00 A.M. (Please Subscribe our Parish YouTube Channel: ST MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH or visit our parish website: (www.stmartinoftourschurch.ca) The live-streaming of the Mass will begin at 10 a.m. every Sunday and will be available on YouTube for for those who cannot join us here at the church.
Confessions may be arranged by appointment only with one of the priests by calling us and leaving a message or seeing us after one of the weekday or weekend Masses to arrange a time.
PARISH OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED
While the parish office must remain closed at this time you are always welcome to leave a voicemail or email message as we continue to check our messages and respond on a daily basis
Yours in Christ,