New Temporary Safety Measures
New Measures Effective Immediately
Mask use at Holy Name
- Mask use is mandatory for all the faithful. Parishioners who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt from this regulation except when receiving Holy Communion.
- All parishioners must wear masks when lining up for the distribution of Holy Communion, including those receiving Communion on the tongue or a “blessing.”
- The communicant removes the mask in front of the priest/deacon/Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to receive Communion and must put it back on after consuming the consecrated host.
- Congregating in the church before and after Mass is not possible or allowed at this time.
From the City of Calgary’s Q&A:
Do face coverings need to be worn in places of worship?
Yes. Places of worship are included in the bylaw definition of a public premises, as they are enclosed buildings that members of the public have access to. Although the provincial order expressly excludes places of worship from the mask requirement, the bylaw does not contain a similar exemption. This means that, in Calgary, face coverings are required to be worn in places of worship.
However, if a place of worship closes its doors to the public for a private event (for example, a wedding), it is not a public premises during the event and therefore attendees will not have to wear face coverings.
Mass will continue to be Livestreamed at Facebook.com/holynamecalgary.