Pandemic Preparation in our Parish for the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

As of March 5th, places of worship in Manitoba may welcome to 25% of their building's capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower, with physical distancing measures in place and mask requirements. Registration is not required for Mass. Parishioners will be allowed to enter our building on a "first come, first served" basis. Upon entering our building, be sure to write the names of all from your household who will be attending Mass and contact information on one of the contact tracing information sheet.

Archbishop Albert has granted all the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface dispensation from their Sunday obligation (cf. Code of Canon Law, 7). Please remember that Manitoba Public Health Officials still recommend staying home if you can to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Mass times are:

  • Saturday: 5:00 p.m.

  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 p.m.


Please ensure the following protocol points are observed at all times when in our building.

 

  • We ask that everyone who wishes to attend Mass familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19 and self-screen before entering our building. If you, or someone you are in close contact with has any of the symptoms of COVID-19, we respectfully ask that you reconsider attending Mass, for the good of our community, and all Manitobans.

  • All who enter our building will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of their visit. Masks must be donned before entering our building, and cannot be removed until after exiting our building. Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. Wearing a non-medical mask/facial covering in the community is recommended for periods of time when it is not possible to consistently maintain a 2 meter/6 feet physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings.

  • The main doors of our church will open 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Remain in your car until our doors are open, do not congregate at the doors, on the church grounds or in our building lobby. Ensure distancing of 2 meters/6 feet between people of other households at all times. 

  • Mass begins at posted times. Our doors will be locked once Mass begins, and will not be unlocked until the conclusion of our celebration. Arrive on time to ensure your participation in our celebration. 

  • Only sit at the end of the pew marked with green tape. Members of the same household may sit together, but a minimum of 2 meters/ 6 feet must be maintained between each household.

  • Upon entering and exiting our building, be prepared to use the provided hand sanitizer.

  • Holy water fonts will remain empty.

  • Offertory baskets will not be passed during the Mass. You will be able to place your offering in a basket as you enter the church. 

  • There is to be no physical contact between households at the Sign of Peace or hand holding during the Lord's Prayer.

  • Parishioners will not leave their pew to receive communion, instead the Eucharist will be brought to each person in their pew. When receiving the Eucharist, allow the Eucharistic Minister to place the Eucharist in your hand and leave. Once the Eucharistic Minister has left your immediate vicinity, lower your mask, consume the Eucharist, and then re-mask.

  • The Precious Blood will not be offered.

  • Private prayer is not available in our church at this time. 

  • We will continue to implement enhanced cleanliness and sanitization practices, including cleaning pews and other high contact surfaces in between each use. 

  • Upon exiting the church, do not congregate in our building lobby or outside. Head directly to your vehicle. Ensure distancing of 2 meters/ 6 feet between members of other households at all times.

  • Follow all Manitoba Public Health Guidelines and Archdiocesan protocols while in our building. 

  • We can all reduce our risk by focusing on the following fundamentals and adopting the following habits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: Check yourself for symptoms every dayStay home when you are sickGet tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19Wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer frequentlyCover your cough/sneezeMaintain social (physical) distancing and Wear a mask when social (physical) distancing is not possible

We look forward to the day when we can gather restriction free again. If you need anything, do not hesitate to call the parish office and we will do our best to assist you. Thank you for your support and for being a part of the community of St. Gerard Parish!

​For more information, please visit the following sites: 


​Updated: 09/04/2021

St. Gerard Church

1-204-667-0523

stgerpar@mymts.net

45 Foster Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

R2L 1V8

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