21 November 2020
St. Mary's Church:
An update on the changes we are implementing due to the recent provincial announcement of the Peel region "Lockdown"
We want to thank all the parishioners of St. Mary's for their ongoing support during this period of great uncertainty. It has been wonderful to see so many of you at Mass since we re-opened in June. We are especially grateful to the volunteers who have helped ensure our church is a safe place to gather – they have done incredible work!
As you know, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Greater Toronto Area have increased significantly in recent days and, at present, Toronto and Peel Regions are in the "Lockdown Stage" as identified by the Province of Ontario. In addition, Premier Ford announced on November 20, 2020 special emergency measures that need to be taken in our area.
For this reason, as of Monday, November 23rd, we must restrict attendance inside the church to 10 people, including priests hearing confessions or a staff member/volunteer to monitor capacity restrictions.
Sadly, due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. We Priests will continue to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from Covid-19.
However, St. Mary's Church will remain open throughout the week for private prayer: