COVID-19 Updates

By April 25, 2020November 26th, 2020Enriching faith

(Updated Nov. 26, 2020)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with restrictions put in place to protect the community, especially the lives of the most vulnerable. Updates by Bishop Mark Hagemoen have addressed expansion of numbers that are now permitted to gather for public celebration of Mass and other sacramental activities, distancing requirements, etc.

NEW Nov. 26, 2020:   Click here for UPDATED Directives from Bishop Hagemoen for Resumption of Sacraments in COVID-19

Nov. 26 2020 Update (regarding reduced numbers): Effective Friday November 27, the total number of people participating in any celebration of the Sacred Liturgy or other service in the Church cannot exceed 30 individuals, including in the case of weddings, funerals and baptismal services. At this time, we understand presiding clergy are excluded in this count.” Bishop Mark Hagemoen LETTER – click here / UPDATED Directives 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. The latest news release from the Government of Saskatchewan can be found HERE.” – 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.”

A general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.

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

Earlier directives and statements:

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

Resources and information:

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

Links to a variety of faith resources

Archdiocese of Toronto Resources related to Spiritual Communion

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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