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There will be no communal reconciliation service this year.
For those wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in this Advent season of preparation for the coming of Christ, there will be two extra opportunities.
Saturday, December 12th and December 19th, priests will be available to hear confessions in the sacristy and in the ushers’ room between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Entry is through the main doors of the church. Masks must be worn except for medical reasons, and 2m physical distance must be maintained.
Reconciliation is also available before the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass from 4:30 p.m. and any time by appointment.
The maximum permitted at each Mass is 110 persons.
All Masses require pre-registration.
Please call the office 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday to register.
Christmas Eve Thursday, December 24th
4:00 p.m. - update: Mass in church filled;
Also at 4:00 p.m. there is a parallel Mass in gymnasium
12:00 a.m. Midnight Mass
Christmas Day Friday, December 25th
For 11:30 a.m., if needed due to numbers, there will be a parallel Mass in gymnasium
Note there is no 7:00 p.m. Mass
A recent update from the diocese to parishes offered some thoughts from the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D., bishop of the diocese of Saint Catharines on the question of Masses at Christmas time. Here are some extracts:
The celebration of Christmas is a little over a month away. I am sure that many of you have begun thinking about how you will celebrate this feast in the midst of a pandemic. One of the more significant issues that we will have to face is the unknown. How many people will be coming to our Christmas Masses? Will there be large or small crowds? Each parish may experience things a little differently depending on location and demographics. I would like to offer you the following considerations as you make your preparations in churches that are only at 30 percent capacity with physical distancing.
- For parishes anticipating large crowds, it is recommended that you preregister people.
- If people are unable to attend Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day due to lack of space or concern regarding crowds, they should be reminded that the Church in her wisdom has established the Octave of Christmas. Individuals can celebrate Christmas and attend Mass on any of the eight days.
- Another opportunity is to attend early morning Christmas Masses where, in recent times, the numbers have not been large.
- It is important to note that the general dispensation for Sunday Masses also applies to Holy Days of Obligation (Christmas and Mary Mother of God).
COVID-19 public health measures limit attendance for weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies, where physical distancing can be maintained, to 30% capacity of the room indoors.
The maximum attendance at St. Patrick is 110 people including priests, servers, musicians and ministers.
In order to maintain these restrictions, attendance at all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses is by PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY!
Each parishioner must have a pew pass to attend. Please call the parish office (905-354-7451) to pre-register during the following hours only: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. You can then pick up your passes at the parish office. These will be numbered and colour-coded for each Mass. Pre-register early.