WELCOME BACK - CHURCH OPEN
Wednesday, June 17, 2020: All public masses resume today. Please see below for our Parish schedule.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am English & 7:30 pm Italian
Saturday: 8:00 am Italian & 5:00 pm English
Sunday: 8:00 am English, 9:30 am Italian, 11:00 am English, 12:30 pm English
Click here to watch a video that explains the temporary changes to the Mass that are being implemented in response to COVID-19
All celebrations will continue to be available to watch via live stream which is accessible on our websites homepage
June 11, 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. Margaret Mary,
I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this most challenging time. Know that you have been close in prayer during daily Mass. We also pray for the sick, those who have been called home to the Lord and our front-line health care and essential workers.
You may have heard that soon we will be able to re-open our churches once again. We are thankful as this time of closure has been painful and difficult. As we implement our re-opening plans, we must do so with prudence and caution, ensuring that we do everything possible to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
As you can expect, things will look a little different when we return to church. For that reason, I’m including a few resources to help us understand what things will look like. Yes, these are uncomfortable practices and they may seem overly restrictive - I understand that. However, to prevent us from having to close once again and to keep everyone as safe as possible, we must all do our part and make the best of this challenging situation.
One of the biggest challenges is that, to re-open, we must do so in phases where our capacity (# of people who can attend church) will be limited due to directives from the Province of Ontario’s medical experts. I am attaching a “guidelines” document to give you a better sense of what you can expect and how you can help out before you arrive at church, when you arrive and at points in between. We’ll offer reminders/signs when you are here but it’s good to review these guidelines at this time. Please click here to view.
One key point that I would like to highlight is that the diocese, after consulting with the Chief Medical Officer for the Province of Ontario, is recommending that all those (over the age of 3) who come to church wear a mask/face covering to mitigate the potential spread of the virus. While not mandatory, they are highly recommended. Again, I recognize this is uncomfortable but it is out of care and love for our neighbour. Please follow this direction and consider bringing a mask/face covering with you when you return to church.
Finally, I invite you to consider how you might share your time and talents as a volunteer. The many tasks required for re-opening are significant and we need more volunteers than ever to help. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact the parish office at (905) 851-2661.
Our joy of re-opening churches is measured with the restrictions that will be required. However, returning to sacramental life and gathering as a community is sustenance essential for our faith community during these trying days.
I look forward to welcoming you back soon – be assured that you remain in my prayers each day.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Rony Grayda, Pastor
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
5:00 pm - English (*Children's Liturgy and Choir are offered at this mass)
8:00 am - English
9:30 am - Italian
11:00 am - English (*Children's Liturgy also offered at this mass)
12:30 pm - English
Monday to Friday - 8:00 am - English
Monday to Friday - 7:30 pm - Italian
Friday - 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm - Holy Hour (September to May)
Saturday - 8:00 am - Italian
Second Friday of each month - Healing service at 7:30 pm (November to May)