COVID-19 Updates

By April 25, 2020 September 18th, 2020 Enriching faith

(Updated Sept. 18, 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. An update to the diocese was issued by Bishop Mark Hagemoen on June 12, 2020 addressing expansion of numbers that are now permitted to gather for public celebration of Mass and other sacramental activities, distancing requirements, etc.

LINK: Sept. 16, 2020 – Click here for UPDATED Directives from Bishop Hagemoen for Resumption of Sacremnts in COVID-19

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

Earlier directives and statements:

LINK: June 12, 2020 – Directives For Resumption of Sacraments in COVID-19 (Compiled Directives) – Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen  – Number for public worship is now increased to 150 or one-third capacity of worship space, whichever is less.

June 11, 2020 – Bishop Mark Hagemoen Updated directives related to Phase 3 of easing COVID-19 restrictions  (Reception of Holy Communion)

May 29, 2020 – Bishop Mark Hagemoen Letter to the Faithful providing updated directives regarding the resumption of sacraments in Phase 3 of easing COVID-19 restrictions

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 – UPDATED Directives to parishes from Bishop Mark Hagemoen related to COVID-19 and public celebrations

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

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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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