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

In light of the concerns regarding COVID-19,  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).

Mass will be celebrated in our church

  • Monday – Friday at 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday at 5:00 p.m. 

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

Up to seventy-five people (approximately 30% of our building capacity) may be present at Mass. Upon arrival at our building, parishioners will be required to write their name and a piece of contact information on a contact tracing form and confirm that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19, nor does anyone in their household. Contact tracing forms will be located in the foyer as well as on the table directly behind the pews. This allows us to maintain lists of all attendees to ensure appropriate public health follow-up can take place if
a parishioner is exposed to COVID-19. W
e are asking parishioners to be flexible in considering attendance at a different date and time. Remember, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface.

Mass procedures - Please ensure the following protocol points are observed:

  • No more than seventy-five people will be allowed in our building at any time.

  • The main doors of the 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 or on the church grounds. Ensure distancing of 2 meters/6 feet between people of other households at all times. 

  • Mass begins at the 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 ability to participate. 

  • Beginning Monday, September 28, parishioners must wear face masks while in our building.

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

  • The holy water fonts will remain empty.

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

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

  • Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly offering in a basket as you enter the church.

  • The precious blood will not be offered to the congregation.

  • Parishioners will not leave their pew to receive communion, instead the Eucharist will be brought to each person in their pew.

  •  Private prayer is not available after Sunday Masses to allow the church to be reset for the next Mass.

  • We will continue to implement improved cleanliness and sanitization practices, including cleaning pews and surfaces in between each Mass.

  • Upon exiting the building, do not congregate outside but head directly to your vehicle. Ensure distancing of 2 meters/ 6 feet between people of other households at all times.

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

Remember, Manitoba Public Health Officials still recommend staying home if you can, to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19.

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. 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. If you are donating via Visa MasterCard through the Archdiocesan website, please note: Every time a credit card transaction takes place, the vendor is charged a fee ranging from 2.5% to 3.5%. Our Archdiocese is no longer willing to cover this cost for its parishes, who now have to pay these fees. If you are currently donating via the Archdiocesan website, we strongly encourage you to consider donating via preauthorized debit, mailing cheques or dropping off your donation at our building. Donations made directly to our parish through these means, rather than via credit card through the Archdiocesan website, would represent a significant savings to our parish overall. 

As of Sunday, July 5th, the Archdiocesan English Mass will be live-streamed at 10:00 a.m. from Holy Cross Parish, with Archbishop LeGatt presiding. The English Mass can be followed on the Archdiocesan Facebook page. The French Mass will be livestreamed at 10:00 a.m. from Saint-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish, with brother Germain Kpakafi, presiding. The French Mass can be viewed on the Saint-MartyrsCanadiens YouTube channel.

​For more information, please visit the following sites: 

​Updated: 25/09/2020

St. Gerard Church


45 Foster Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

R2L 1V8

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