Pandemic Preparation in our Parish for the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
In light of the concerns regarding COVID-19, as of now, all public assemblies (including Masses, both Sunday and weekday) are suspended in all Manitoban parishes, and will be until further notice. This includes Holy Week services.
At this time, Archbishop Albert has granted all the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface
dispensation from their Sunday obligation (cf. Code of Canon Law, 87).
Until the lift of this cancellation, Archdiocesan Sunday Masses will be celebrated every Sunday morning, and will be broadcast live onto the Archdiocesan Facebook page and the Saints Martyrs Canadiens YouTube page. Please join the larger Archdiocesan spiritual community in prayer at the following times:
9:00 a.m. - In French
10:30 a.m. - In English
Easter Triduum Archdiocesan Live-stream Schedule:
Holy Thursday: French at 6:00 p.m.; English at 8:00 p.m.
Good Friday: French at 2:00 p.m.; English at 4:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil: French at 9:00 p.m. (Presider, Archbishop Albert LeGatt at Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish) English at 9:00 p.m. (Presider, Fr. Carl Tarnopolski, VG, at St. Bernadette Parish)
Easter Sunday: French at 9:00 a.m. and English at 10:30 a.m.
We will also be live-streaming Easter Triduum Masses on our Facebook page at the following times:
Holy Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Good Friday at 12:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
While we can no longer gather for Mass, our church will remain open for personal prayer
Tuesdays - Fridays from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Only 10 people will be allowed in our building at a time. If you’re in the church, please be mindful to keep a respectful distance from others (at least two meters / 6 feet), avoid greetings that involve touching (such as handshakes), follow good respiratory hygiene (covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is used, dispose of the used tissue immediately) and regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. If you are not feeling well, or have traveled internationally within the past 14 days, please stay home.
At this time, all pastors in our Archdiocese are encouraged to celebrate Mass privately. If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or the Eucharist, you may speak directly with Fr. Janusz when the church is open or make an appointment by calling the parish office.
If you're not signed up for Preauthorized Debit to give to our church on a consistent basis, but would like to
continue to donate, you can leave a donation when you come to the church for private prayer. If you would
like to donate by credit card, the Archdiocesan website is now set up to take donations on behalf of each
parish. Click here, follow the prompts and select "St. Gerard Parish" to donate to our church. As always, your generosity is appreciated, and it will be especially important in these coming weeks.
In addition the measures taken by our Parish and Archdiocese, there are several things you can do to help ensure the health and well-being of yourself and others:
Manitobans are reminded to stay home if they can, and this includes family gatherings. Working together to maintain social distancing and staying at home unless you have to go out are the only ways to slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. Avoid group gatherings or events, visiting crowded stores, having visitors in your home, etc. Use caution when visiting grocery stores (where possible, shop for groceries once a week and have one household member do the shopping). Avoid picking up items, such as take-out or prescriptions.
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres / 6 feet) contact between individuals in public. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid greetings that involve touching (such as handshakes), as well as touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is used, dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread viruses. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Stay home if you feel unwell. Public health officials are strongly urging anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache, to self-isolate for 14 days. Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257, or take a self-assessment using the Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
Follow public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation. Public health officials are recommending all international travelers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada. Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257, or take a self-assessment using the Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
All Manitobans are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travelers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.
If you would still like to participate in daily Liturgy, visit Daily TV Mass. Archdiocesan Sunday Masses will be celebrated every Sunday morning, and will be broadcast LIVE onto the Archdiocesan Facebook page and the Saints Martyrs Canadiens YouTube page.
The Kids’ Bulletin is a free resource for Catholic families who would like to have some fun while learning about the readings from the Sunday Mass every week. They are made by a Canadian mom who is happy to share them with anyone who can use them to help learn or teach about the truth and beauty of the Faith.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Living with Christ is offering free prayer resources and downloads of the daily Mass texts, click here.
In an effort to assist Catholics everywhere, FORMED is opening it's doors to make the FORMED streaming platform free to everyone for the next 40 days. Click here to sign up, and get immediate access to the best Catholic movies, faith formation videos, audio talks, and great children’s videos.
Faith-fully Navigating Coronavirus with your Kids
A Faith Response to the Coronavirus
Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
Parenting During COVID-19
For more information, please visit the following sites:
A message from Archbishop LeGatt regarding the Archdiocesan protocols aiming to ensure the safety of all in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, in light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic.
In the coming weeks, Archbishop LeGatt will be addressing our Archdiocese through video messages once per week, aiming to invite the Archdiocesan community at large into deeper prayer and reflection.