COVID-19 Updates

By April 25, 2020March 25th, 2022Enriching faith

(Updated March 25, 2022)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with public health orders put in place to protect the community, especially the lives of the most vulnerable. 

A general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation ENDS as of April 2, 2022 – LETTER from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

A number of parishes are live-streaming Mass, with links published at saskatoonmass.com

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Feb. 18, 2022 UPDATE – Directives for Sacraments Beyond COVID-19 – Letter from Bishop

Nov. 2, 2021 Update – Re: Ongoing Concerns About the COVID-19 pandemic and government mandates – LETTER from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Oct, 8, 2021 – “Vaccine Exemption” – Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

July 2021 – Re-open Reference Guide PDF

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Vaccine:

Vatican statement on the morality of vaccines: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Earlier directives and statements:

Dec. 8, 2021 UPDATE – Directives for Sacraments in COVID-19 – LINK to PDF of Dec. 8, 2021 Letter from Bishop Hagemoen

Dec. 2, 2021 – UPDATE – Directives for Sacraments in COVID-19 (LINK to PDF of Dec. 2 letter from Bishop Hagemoen)

Oct. 7, 2021 – COVID-19 Directives: Mandatory MaskingLetter from Bishop Hagemoen

Sept. 17 -2021 – Updated Directives for Sacraments during COVID-19 – Sept. 17, 2021 Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Sept. 16, 2021 – Updated Directives for Sacraments during COVID-19Sept. 16, 2021 Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Sept. 15, 2021 – Reinforcing July 9 Guidelines – Sept. 15 Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

July 9, 2021 Lifting of Health Restrictions & Directives for Sacraments in COVID-19 – July 9, 2021 Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen 

June 18, 2021 – Click here for directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19As of June 20, 2021,  the capacity for public indoor and outdoor non-ceremonial gatherings has increased to groups no larger than 150 or 30 per cent capacity, whichever is less, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

May 27, 2021 – Click here for the latest update of directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 

April 14, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 – PDF / Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen Re: COVID-19 restrictions – PDF

March 23, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19

March 11, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives for celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Mardh 5, 2021 (RCDS) Liturgical Commission – Correspondence – Holy Week 2021 / Bishop’s Letter

Feb. 25, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives for celebration of sacraments from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Dec. 22, 2020: Compiled and updated directives for Sacraments during COVID-19 – Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays or on Holy Days of Obligation continues

Dec. 22, 2020:   Click here for Dec. 22 update of Directives from Bishop Hagemoen  regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 (numbers reduced)

Dec. 15, 2020: UPDATE (rescinding Dec. 10 directive regarding attendance in a second part of church building:  Bishop Mark Hagemoen LETTER – click here / UPDATED Directives click here

Nov. 26 2020 Update (regarding reduced numbers): Bishop Mark Hagemoen Nov. 26, 2020 LETTER – click here

Nov. 18, 2020 – Update (regarding masks):  The Government of Saskatchewan has mandated the use of masks in all public places in Saskatchewan effective Thursday, November 19, 2020.  We have been informed that updates with respect to guidelines for places of worship will be forthcoming.  We will advise of any further changes to the directives at that time.  At this time, the directives from the Diocese of Saskatoon of November 6, 2020, remain, with the exception of the mask requirement which is now mandated for all parishes.” – Office of the Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

  • Masks be worn in all indoor public places has been extended to all communities in Saskatchewan
  • It is important to note that masks are recommended for outdoor areas (sidewalks and parking lots) as well if two-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained or is unpredictable.
  • Wearing a mask in public can be considered an additional line of defence, but does not replace the need for other public health measures that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (distancing, hand hygiene, stay home when sick, cough or sneeze into your elbow).
  • Masks must be worn by music leaders (singers, choirs, soloists, etc…)
  • Participants in religious services must wear their masks throughout the service even when seated.

Note:  As of Nov. 13 an exemption from wearing a mask has been issued for “Clergy members or religious leaders who are leading a service or ceremony while speaking from a podium, lectern, platform, stage, desk or other standing or seating area dedicated to speaking.” Physical distancing and other restrictions remain in effect.”

Oct. 2, 2020 – Updated Directives for Resumption of Sacraments in COVID-19 – Letter

Sept. 16, 2020 – Updated Directives for Resumption of Sacraments in COVID-19 – Letter

June 11, 2020 – Updated directives on Phase 3 of resuming public celebrations (Reception of Holy Communion) – Letter

May 29, 2020 – Update on Phase 3 of resuming public celebrations as COVID-19 restrictions are eased – Letter

May 15, 2020 – Letter to the Faithful about what to expect when public celebration of Mass begins to be phased-in (LINK to PDF)

May 29, 2020 – Government of Saskatchewan releases guidelines for re-opening places of worship

May 29, 2020 – Media release from Saskatchewan faith leaders on consultation to re-open places of worship

May 15, 2020 – Liturgy Committee guidelines to accompany the phased-in resumption of public celebration of Sacraments in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Heart of JesusBishop Mark calls for fasting and prayer on Fridaysrcdos.ca/Heart-of-Jesus

April 24, 2020 – Update from Bishop Mark Hagemoen and launch of prayer initiative in response to COVID pandemic (Click here for PDF)

“Please join with me in prayer for a rapid end to the COVID-19 virus. May God grant healing to those who are ill, and eternal rest to those who have died. May the Lord’s blessing come upon our medical professionals and civic authorities, who continue to strive with enormous effort and expertise to keep all of us safe.” – Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Other resources and information:

CCCB National Liturgy Office – Copyright information on streaming and video-recording liturgical celebrations

Links to a variety of faith resources

Infographic from Archdiocese of Toronto

CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – EN   /  CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – FR

Letter to faith leaders from Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada – April 3, 2020

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