Reopening of our churches - June 6/7
Catholic Communities of South Interlake
Corona Virus Protocols
June 2, 2020
Dear parishioners of South Interlake;
Good News! We will begin welcoming parishioners back to church beginning this coming weekend, Trinity Sunday. Of course, the re-opening will be slow as only 25 persons are allowed to attend Mass at this time. I would ask that you carefully read the following protocols so that our reopening may be safe for all involved.
- We will be observing the protocols of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, which can be found on the Archdiocesan website. These protocols have been done in consultation with provincial guidelines and the other Bishops of Manitoba.
- Sunday Mass obligation is suspended until September 6th for all persons living in or visiting Manitoba. You should NOT attend Mass if you or a member of your household have recently traveled outside of Manitoba or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the Corona Virus.
- Vulnerable parishioners (age 65+ or with a chronic health condition) are strongly urged to remain at home. Likewise, those feeling ill in any way or are anxious about being at Mass are advised in the strongest sense to remain home and view the Mass online and receive Spiritual Communion. (Please note that the online mass will continue until further notice.)
- Please be aware that there is an inherent risk, regardless of age or health in attending any public event, including religious service. While we strive to reduce risks, a parishioner's presence at Mass constitutes their understanding and acceptance of this essential level of risk.
- The use of masks by parishioners is encouraged but not mandatory. Masks are a sign of our desire to do our part in helping to prevent others from potentially being infected by Covid-19. Liquid sanitizer will be available at the door where you enter the church. Please note that we will only be using one door at each church. Every parishioner will be expected to abide by social distancing, keeping 6ft apart at all times. Pews will be clearly marked where you may sit. Persons from the same household are able to sit next to one another, all others will be asked to respect social distancing. Please follow the arrows on the floor when lining up for Holy Communion.
- There will be no collections taken in the pew. There will be an usher present at the beginning and end of Mass with a collection basket. Please drop your donation into the basket without touching the basket.
- We will refrain from the use of Holy Water, Missals and hymnals. At this time there will be no singing during Mass, only music. During the Our Father, there will be no holding of hands, and the Sign of Peace should be shared without human touch, such as a small bow. Holy Communion will be distributed ONLY in the hand and there will be no distribution of the Chalice. Masks will be required for all Communion Ministers and sanitizing of hands before and after Communion.
- After Mass you are asked to once again respect social distancing and to exit without congregating either inside or outside of the church.
- The church will be sanitized between all Masses.
Weekend Mass schedule is as follows:
Saturday 4:00 p.m. in Stonewall (Temporary New Mass), Sunday 8:30 a.m. in Stony Mountain, 10:00 a.m. in Stonewall & 11:30 a.m. in Teulon. At this time only 25 persons including the priest and servers, may be in the church at any one time. This number will be strictly adhered to as per Manitoba guidelines.
In order to attend Mass at either a weekday or weekend, it will be necessary for parishioners to register either by phone or email. For those attending Christ the King in Stonewall or St. John Vianney in Teulon, please call the parish office at 204-467-9016 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email the parish office, we will call you back to confirm your reservation. For those who attend St. Joseph church in Stony Mountain, please call Lynn Lothian at 204-344-5925 or email email@example.com.
- If we cannot accommodate you on any one weekend your name will be the first on the list for the following Sunday.
- If you have registered to attend Mass but for some reason are unable to attend please contact the parish office or Lynn so that we may allow someone else to attend in your place.
- Parishioners may only attend their home church at this time.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this pandemic. Our aim is to keep each other healthy and safe.
Fraternally in Christ;
Rev. B.D. Schoonbaert, Pastor
Feast of Pentecost 2020
Celebrant - Fr. Barry Schoonbaert
A Video on the Archdiocese's Updated COVID-19 Protocols
Church Hours This Week:
Christ the King Church will be open this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening (June 2, 3, 4) from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, for personal prayer.
I will make myself available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by appointment, of course honouring the government’s physical distancing guidelines. Please call the parish office at (204)467-9016 to book an appointment.
How to continue to support our parishes…….
We wish to thank all those parishioners who have so generously dropped off their envelopes or cheques to the parish office, as well as those who continue to support the parish through auto-debit.
As we continue to find ways to support each other, let us remember that the church also needs support. For those families who are able, you can mail in your collection envelopes (Box 1159, Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0). Post-dated cheques would be acceptable. Please find a copy of the auto debit form in the link below.
Christ the King Church
Most importantly, less us continue to pray for one another and for an end to this pandemic.
Praying with our Children
"As parents, we find that we pray often and earnestly for our children. We ask God to keep them safe, to make them well, and to help us as we care for them. But there is another gift of prayer that comes to us: the gift of praying with our children. There is a big difference between the child’s prayer and that of the adult. It is precisely this difference that makes it such a privilege to pray with little children. They lead us to an enjoyment of God that we may have been missing. When allowed to pray naturally, their simple words come straight from the heart."