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Notice to Parishioners: New By-Law Requires Mandatory Use of Masks at Church

As you may have heard in recent days, a new by-law has been passed that makes the use of masks or face coverings inside all public places mandatory. This includes churches and our own parish. I would ask that all those coming to church bring a mask or face covering and wear it upon entering the church.

I recognize that this may be an inconvenience yet I know that we are all committed to caring for our neighbour and those around us. While a number of restrictions have been lifted in recent days, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to take the appropriate steps to minimize any potential spread of Covid-19. So while the Archdiocese of Toronto had highly recommended wearing a mask while in church and I know that most of you have been doing so, it is now a by-law that we must follow.

  • Priests do not need to wear masks in the sanctuary while celebrating Mass but should ensure they are wearing a mask when distributing Holy Communion and any other setting where they are in close proximity (less than 2m/6 ft) to parishioners. Lectors should remove masks to proclaim the Word of God.
  • Parishes are not required to distribute masks
  • Exceptions to the by-law include people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons (trouble breathing or unable to remove a mask without assistance) and children under two years old. Proof of a medical condition is not required.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation as we do all that we can to take care of one another and keep our community safe and healthy.

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Update on the Reopening of Churches

My Dear Parishioners!

As you most likely already know, this Wednesday all churches in our Archdiocese will be open and we will be able to celebrate Holy Mass. In the regard of this positive decision, the Archdiocese issued several guidelines that must be in place to ensure the safety of all participants in the Holy Liturgy.

I will briefly present some of them:

  • Until further notice, the faithful cannot sing during Holy Mass, therefore the songbooks were removed from the pews.
  • To provide the church with the required distance of 2 meters between liturgy participants, seats in the pews are marked with yellow tape to indicate where to sit. While entering the pew, take the place starting from the center seat and then we fill up rest of the spots in such order. This will allow us to get as many people as possible into the church.
  • During Holy Communion, everyone will come out of their pews in turn, including those who do not receive the Eucharist. While going up to receive communion and keeping a distance of 2 meters, we head toward the minister, stand in the designated place before the priest and after the words “Body of Christ” we answer “Amen”. Then, with stretched out hands we approach and receive Holy Communion. Until further notice, this will be the only form of acceptance of Holy Communion. Those who do not receive the Eucharist will still walk in procession, crossing their arms on their chests to receive a blessing.
  • To increase the number of people who may be in the church, the pew section on the left of the main isle will be reserved for families, as members of the same household are not required to maintain 2 meter social distancing.
  • We only use bathrooms when absolutely necessary.
  • We encourage you to use a personal disinfectant before entering the church.
  • The guidelines strongly emphasize and encourage any individual over 3 years of age attending Mass to wear a mask, and only partially remove the masks when receiving Holy Communion.
  • Offerings will be collected after Mass. There will be tables with the offertory baskets at the exit of the church.
  • The bulletins in paper form will not be printed. You can access them on the parish website.
  • After Mass, please do not gather for social purposes in the parking lot.
  • Please arrive at the church 15 minutes before the start of Mass to orderly take your seats in the pews.
  • If you feel sick, e.g. have a fever or cough, or any other symptoms potentially related to COVID, please stay at home.
  • We would like to continue to dedicate the Holy Mass at 11:00am to families with children as much as possible, therefore we ask that people without small children choose a different Mass to attend.
  • Please be advised that until further notice there will be no confessions on weekends. Confessions will be held every weekday, half an hour before morning Mass and one hour before the evening Mass.
  • The parish office will continue to be closed.

Dear parishioners, all these measures may appear to be a bit complicated but after our first Sunday following these new rules, it will hopefully not feel as overwhelming. I hope that very soon everything will return to normal and we will enjoy participating in the Eucharist without any restrictions.

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Our Parish During the COVID Pandemic

Masses

Our church is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Masses at our parish are still happening according to our regular Mass Schedule. Tune in to Mass live through Facebook or YouTube.

We encourage everyone to join us in the celebration of Mass and receiving spiritual Holy Communion for the intention of quick deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic. God bless you all in this hard time!

Adoration

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 restrictions, the chapel of the Perpetual Adoration is closed. However the Most Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the church 24 hours per day and we can adore Jesus in the Eucharist online through Parish TV.

Donation

Masses are cancelled, which means the Sunday collections are not being taken. It would be greatly appreciated if our parishioners still considered supporting the parish during this difficult time for us all.

There are several options for making offerings:

  • Drop off: Offertory box at the entrance to the parish office
  • Donate Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website by credit card. Select “St. Eugene de Mazenod Mission, Brampton” as your Parish. Under “Where should we direct your gift?” select “Parish Offertory” to make a Sunday offering or “Parish Building Fund” to help with the repayment of the loan taken for the construction of our church, which we normally collect on the last Sunday of the month.
    God bless you for support!

Contact

You can still reach us during this time by phone or email. Visit our Contact page for more information.

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Program for Holy Week

All Masses and the liturgies will be celebrated without the participation of the faithful in the church, however we encourage everyone to participate in them via the website by going to the Parish TV link. Adoration will be carried out in the same way.

Holy Thursday – April 9

Holy Thursday Liturgy: 7 pm (bilingual)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following the Mass until Friday 3 pm

Good Friday – April 10

Divine Mercy Chaplet: 2:45 pm – 3 pm
Good Friday Liturgy: 5 pm (Polish)
Stations of the Cross: 6 pm (bilingual)
Good Friday Liturgy in English will follow Stations of the Cross
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Lord’s tomb until Easter Vigil

Holy Saturday – April 11

Easter Vigil: 8 pm

Blessing of Easter Baskets: 9 am – 2:30 pm.
We will be broadcasting a prayer of blessing of the food every half hour on our Facebook and Youtube live stream (links above). At the same time one of the Fathers will be blessing the Easter Baskets in a drive through manner on the Church parking lot. Guards will direct the traffic, please follow their instructions. You may not leave your car. Open the window from driver’s side and display the basket. After the blessing, please leave the parking lot immediately.

Resurrection Sunday – April 12

Holy Mass: 6 am, 8 am, 9:30 am (English), 11 am, 1 pm
There will be no 6 pm Mass

Easter Monday – April 13

Holy Mass: 8:30 am, 7 pm

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The Church and Chapel are Closed

Cardinal Thomas Collins has released a message today in regards to the coronavirus situation that churches and chapels are to be closed effective immediately. This also includes our perpetual adoration chapel. You may adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on the altar of our church remotely through the camera (link above to “Parish TV”).

The parish office will also be closed. You may still reach the parish office by telephone or email.

Starting tomorrow, we will also be live streaming daily masses on YouTube (and Facebook Live as we have been thus far) following our regular mass schedule.

Read more: The Cardinal’s message from March 24, 2020.

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Livestream Schedule and Message from the Pastoral Team

Dear parishioners, dear friends,

Here’s some information about our parish activities in the near future, which I ask you to please share!

We are planning to livestream Masses and devotions online on our Facebook page.

 

Monday: Mass at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm with Stations of the Cross for children at 6:45 pm (all in Polish)

Tuesday: Mass at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm (all in Polish)

Wednesday: Mass at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm with a devotion to Our Lady of Ludzmierz (all in Polish)

Thursday: Mass at 8:30 am (in Polish) and 7:00 pm (in English). Stations of the Cross in English at 6:45 pm

Friday: Mass at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm with Stations of the Cross at 6:45 pm (all in Polish)

Saturday: Mass at 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (in Polish) and 6:30 pm (in English)

Sunday: 9:30 am (in English)
8:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 6:00 pm (all in Polish). “Gorzkie Zale” Lenten Devotion at 5:40 pm (in Polish).

 

On Sunday, we will begin our parish retreat as scheduled. It will be preached by Fr. Andrzej Juchniewicz OMI from Belarus (Fr. Wojtek spent two years with him in the seminary).

We also ask that you care for each other, especially those who are lonely, elderly, or sick. Please ask those you know if they need help. If you know of anyone who needs help, please submit the information to the parish office or email wojtekojciec@gmail.com and we can act to help them, together!

We are thinking of you, dear parishioners and friends! You are in our hearts and our prayers at this time.

With blessings +

Your pastoral team

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Masses Cancelled Until Further Notice

Dear Parishioners!

In view of the requirements of the Government of Ontario and following the latest directives from Cardinal Thomas Collins, starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all public Masses are cancelled both during the week and on the weekend. Churches will be available for individual private prayer.

All parish meetings and events are cancelled until further notice.

Regarding Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals please contact the parish office by phone.

The above are in effect until further notice.

Read the Cardinal’s Message on COVID-19 released March 17.

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Sunday Masses Cancelled

Cardinal Collins has cancelled Masses in all churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto this weekend due to the great danger of contracting the coronavirus, and to be in line with directives from the Ministry of Health, which prohibit gatherings greater than 250 people.

The church will be open on Sunday from 8am to 8pm for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Holy Masses on Saturday morning and during the week will be celebrated as scheduled.

Read the Cardinal’s message on o COVID-19.

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Lent 2020

All Fridays, especially during Lent, are days of abstinence from meat, but in Canada, Catholics may substitute special acts of charity or piety on this day. During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

 

LENTEN DEVOTIONS
Stations of the Cross in Polish (Mondays at 6:30pm) With the participation of children
Stations of the Cross in English (Thursdays at 6:30pm) SEYA
Stations of the Cross in Polish (Fridays at 6:30pm) 28.02.20 – Friends of the Missions
06.03.20 – Rosary Society
13.03.20 – Our Lady of Ludzmierz Committee
20.03.20 – Domestic Church
27.03.20 – Hosanna Ensemble
03.04.20 – Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors
Sorrowful Lamentations in Polish (Sundays at 5:30pm)

RSS Vatican News

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    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) expresses concern on insecurity in the country and calls on the government to “put a complete stop to the killing of innocent people.”
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  • Philippines Bishops explain opposition to death penalty
    In a statement issued at the beginning of August, the Bishops of the Philippines reiterate their opposition to the reintroduction of the death penalty in their country.

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