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COVID-19 Updates

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(Updated Dec. 9, 2021)

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 remains in effect.

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

NEW – Dec. 7, 2021 – UPDATE – Directives for Sacraments during COVID-19 (PDF of Dec. 8 letter from Bishop Hagemoen)

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



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

May 25, 2020 message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen:

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:

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

March 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. 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.”

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

Sept. 16, 2020Updated 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

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

Faith resources in a time of COVID-19 restrictions

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Conversations about life and faith in a time of pandemic: Link to video conversations led by Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Bishop Mark Hagemoen calls for prayer and fasting on Fridays to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, praying for an end to COVID-19 pandemic: LINK to Heart of Jesus prayer resources

COVID-19 Updates in the Diocese of Saskatoon – LINK

Local Masses Live-Streamed  –

A central website has been established for those who wish to access live-streaming of Masses and other online resources created by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon:

Several Masses are streamed and archived there daily, including live-stream broadcast at 9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings with Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrating Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Saskatoon except on Easter Sunday, when Mass will be livestreamed at 10 a.m.  from St. Paul Co-Cathedral. The live-stream Mass can also be viewed on the diocesan website home page

Mass on TelevisionDepending on particular cable and satellite plans:

Scheduling information about the broadcast of Mass in Canada can be found at, (including on the Salt+Light Catholic Network at and Vision TV at )The “Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN” American Catholic channel also broadcasts daily Mass.

Regarding watching Catholic Mass on television, as opposed to watching livestream on the Internet, here – with thanks – is a message from a parishioner who researched this for an elderly parent: “For those residents who are still most comfortable with the TV as their main ‘appliance’ for receiving information and entertainment from their suites as opposed to using computers, smart phones, IPads or tablets, your TV service providers have some alternatives that may help during Easter and during COVID-19 in the future.  – SaskTel Max offers: Eternal Word TV Network. This is a Catholic faith-based channel that can be purchased as an individual channel add-on;…. SaskTel had the channel activated within about 20 minutes of my call with them; see: or Call 1-800-SASKTEL(1-800-727-5835). – Access Communications offers: Eternal Word TV Network Call: (1-866-363-2225). – Shaw Communications (Shaw Direct satellite has this too?) offers: ‘Salt and Light Television’ a quality Catholic faith-based channel that is sold as a stand-alone channel or as part of a channel package; see: / Call 1-888-472-2222. – Bell TV Satellite offers: Salt and Light Television, Call 1-866-310-2355. Note- the TV service providers also have a variety of interdenominational Christian channels — such as Vision TV (which broadcasts daily Catholic Mass) among their channel and/or packages, so when a resident or their support person calls the TV service provider they just need to ask the Telephone agent what’s available for Catholic or other faith-based programming.”


Act of Spiritual Communion to unite oneself in prayer to Jesus Christ when one is unable to receive the Eucharist sacramentally:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

– St. Alphonsus of Liguori

Prière de communion spirituelle:

Mon Jesus, Je crois que tu es reellement present dans le Tres Saint Sacrement de l’autel. Je t’aime plus que toutet je te desire dans mon âme. Puisque je ne peux pas te recevoir Sacramentellement maintenant, viens au moins spirituellement dans mon cœur. Et comme tu es deja venu, je t’embrasse et je m’unis tout entier a toi. Ne permets pas que je sois jamais separe de Toi.

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


Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for a special time of prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Fridays in the Easter season and beyond, praying for healing and protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic. More information and Resources, can be found at:

Justice and Peace Way of the Cross:  in lieu of the annual outdoor Way of the Cross held in downtown Saskatoon for many years, during the COVID-19 shutdown of 2020, a virtual version was created by various individuals and groups filming their individual reflections and prayers. Share in this virtual walk with Jesus Christ and the suffering of our world, organized by the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace:

NOTE: The list of lyrics and the Stations of the Cross (scriptural version introduced by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1991), along with a list of themes and presenters can be found at: LINK to 2020 Way of the Cross Lyrics-Station Info Sheet

1 Million Hours is a Face-to-Face Ministries initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe in the power of prayer. Our goal is to get as many people as possible unitedly praying for the world and collectively reach 1 Million Hours of prayer. If you have already taken time to pray for the world, you can head over to and submit your time spent in prayer! (For updates, follow @1millionhours on Facebook).

Online faith resources:

In addition to live-streaming of Mass and other devotions by parishes in our diocese posted at, there are a number of other online faith resources available during these times of physical distancing and isolation measures. These include:

Divine Renovation free resource for parishes: This free resource kit has insight on leading well, advice on what tools to use, and lots of practical examples from Catholic parishes innovating brilliantly around the world: Divine Renovation website.

 Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has also shared its link to the Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ religious education program. The Student Home portal grants at-home access to videos, stories, interactive activities, and songs – all grounded in the celebration of our Catholic faith, aligned with the Church’s liturgical year. Log in online at:  The username is: GIFGIC_student99 and the password is: Student99


Reflections on the Sunday Readings – The diocese of Saskatoon has posted reflections on the Sunday readings for family sharing and discussion, available at: Scripture Resources on the website


St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK online faith resources include:

  • “Lord’s Day Celebration” — mealtime prayers which include a reflection on the Sunday Gospel — the booklet can be downloaded and printed on the website (which includes a video intro) at: introduction page
  • Gospel Reflection by Nick Pierlot: Gospel reflection page
  • TheAngelus as a family meal prayer: the Angelus page


*Support your Parish through online Sunday Offering: Since offering envelopes are not possible at this time of no public celebrations of Mass, we ask you to support your parish community through online giving. The Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation has set up a webpage at that allows you to direct your donation to any parish in the diocese as a one-time or recurring monthly gift. Thank you for remembering the needs of your parish at this challenging time of the COVID-19 crisis.




Dying Healed – walking with those who are suffering

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The Dying Healed workshop teaches important issues about human suffering, human dignity and the power of human presence, as well as other end of life issues.

The purpose of the Dying Healed workshop is to give volunteers confidence that their presence at the bedside of a lonely or dying person is an invaluable service.

The workshop includes important pastoral and practical aspects of what to say, how to listen, and how to be with people who suffer illness, disability and loneliness.

It is intended to be a preparatory training for those who would like to spend time with people who are elderly, ill, disabled and dying; those people who are the most vulnerable to the negative influences to Canada’s euthanasia and assisted suicide law.

Those interested in hosting a Dying Healed workshop can contact Jacqueline Saretsky at (306) 292-5531 or Email for more information.


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