Welcome to St. Boniface Parish
Visitors and New Parishioners
A very warm welcome to all new parishioners and those who are visiting St. Boniface Parish website.
New parishioners are asked to contact the office at 416-261-5983
A Message from the Pastor
I hope this letter finds you well. We opened the Church last weekend for private prayer and things went well, but this is the first weekend we will be open for Mass! How exciting to be able to come and receive Our Lord once again! In the last letter I wrote, I mentioned the possibility of adding a number of Masses. I am very grateful to Fr. Arthur and Deacon Don who have agreed to help with additional Masses and a Communion Service so we will be able to better ensure that everyone who wishes to go to Mass and receive Communion will be able to do so.
Mass will be on a First Come, First Served Basis. Due to Physical Distancing concerns there are 80 available spots in the Church. Once those 80 spots are filled, another 90 spots will be made available in the Church Hall. We will only be celebrating Mass in the Hall once the Church is completely filled. This is important for everyone to understand. The Masses in the Hall are considered overflow Masses. We are hoping that people will not have to wait for more than 15 minutes between Masses, but please understand that there might be some hiccups. Please do not plan to attend an overflow Mass in the Hall as these will only be celebrated if the Church is at full capacity. Everyone would plan to attend one of the Masses in the Church with the idea that they might be asked to go downstairs because the Church is full.
The following is the Mass Schedule at St. Boniface.
Church (Mass Guaranteed)
Saturday – 5:00pm
Sunday – 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:15am, & 12:00pm
Hall (Overflow Mass)
Only celebrated if the Church is Full.
Saturday – 5:15pm
Sunday – 10:45am, 11:30am, & 12:15pm
You will notice that we are offering a maximum of TEN Masses. Communion will be given at all Masses.
We ask that people enter through the Entrance Door nearest the Elevator and leave through the remaining three exits. This is to ensure that Physical Distancing is maintained. Please do not exit through the Entrance Door. There will only be one entrance into the Church and at that entrance you will be sprayed with a sanitiser and directed to the Church or the Hall depending on where we have available spots.
There is no collection during the Mass, but a basket will be available as you enter the Church for your Sunday Offering. I know these are financially difficult times and thank everyone for their support.
I would ask that everyone watch the YouTube Video prepared by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Make special note of “How to go to Communion” at time stamp 4:25. This video can be found at the following link: https://bitly/ReturnToMass. While the video mentions that masks are not mandatory, I would please ask that everyone wear a mask for the health and safety of everyone in the parish.
In anticipation of our reopening we have removed the pews from the church so that there will be no chance of contracting COVID-19 from a pew. If you absolutely need to sit, we have a limited number of steel folding chairs available that can be thoroughly sanitised, or alternatively if you feel more comfortable bring your own chair. We still need to maintain safe Physical Distancing whether people are sitting or standing.
We are looking for help to Reopen Our Parish, in particular we need the following:
1. People to come and stand at the doors both the Entrance and Exit for the duration of the Mass.
2. People to help sanitise after Mass. Without pews there should be a minimal amount of sanitising; nevertheless, bannisters, door handles, other touch points still need to be sprayed at the end of every Mass.
3. People to assist with the flow of Communion.
There will be a training session on Saturday Morning at 10am for everyone who is able to attend.
We have added a number of opportunities to attend Mass both upstairs and downstairs and need people to help in both locations. If you are able to help, please consider doing so and reply to this email with the following:
1. Your name, phone number, email, the Mass you are planning to attend and what you are able to do.
2. Come on Saturday morning for a brief training session.
I apologise for the long letter, but there is a lot going on in preparation for our reopening. Please reading letter this carefully, and pass it along to everyone you know. God bless everyone, please pray for the Parish as we prepare to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass this Weekend!
A Message from the Archdiocese – ShareMusic Facebook Live Event
Many talented musicians from across the Archdiocese of Toronto will be performing in a Facebook Live event on Thursday evening, June 25.
The evening is hosted by Fr. Matthew McCarthy, Associate Pastor, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. The event is called ShareMusic because, thematically, the songs and hymns will celebrate what ShareLife-funded organizations do to support those in need. During this time of pandemic, so many talented musicians have not been able to sing or play at liturgical celebrations in the archdiocese. ShareMusic is a platform for musicians to share their gifts of music with a virtual audience.
ShareLife’s campaign has been greatly affected by COVID-19 and the temporary closure of churches. The event will help keep Catholics aware of the ongoing need to support our vulnerable brothers and sisters during the pandemic.
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Facebook Live on the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Facebook Page
Parishes are asked help raise awareness of ShareMusic on their websites, on social media and in their parish bulletins. Information here: facebook.com/sharelifecan instagram.com/sharelifecan twitter.com/sharelifecan
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Parishioners are encouraged to join Cardinal Collins for daily and Sunday Masses
via livestream that can be accessed at:
Thanks for all your prayers and know that I continue to pray for you. Stay well under these unique circumstances. I hope to celebrate
the Eucharist with you as soon as we are able.
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ST. AGATHA – 416-393-5302
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