Permission for Sunday Communion Services granted by Cardinal Collins
To register please go the “REGISTER FOR COMMUNION SERVICE” link in the menu at the top-right of this page or call the Parish Office at 416-261-5983.
Below is the text of a December 30th letter from Cardinal Collins granting permission for parishes to offer communion services on Sundays during the lockdown:
Blessings to you and your parishioners during this Christmas season! Thank you for all that you continue to do.
I have received feedback from priests and the Auxiliary Bishops regarding the Holy Communion Services held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Those who were able to offer these services have indicated that it was a fruitful opportunity to provide the faithful with spiritual nourishment given the current lockdown restrictions. Some parishes have requested that permission be granted to continue the services on weekends during the lockdown period.
By way of this communication, I grant permission, for parishes that wish to do so, to continue offering Holy Communion Services, at times determined by the pastor, on Saturdays after 3:00 pm, and on Sundays. This may continue during the period of lockdown. The text previously circulated should be used for these services, and adapted (as with a short Gospel reading from the Sunday, and the Sunday Collect). Parishes wishing to organize Holy Communion Services must observe WorshipSafe protocols and ensure this can be done safely, with no more than 10 people inside the church at any given time.
Parishes are under no obligation to offer Holy Communion Services but should remain open for private prayer on a regular basis, with a schedule determined by the pastor. The availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is also important. And it is spiritually helpful for parishes to continue to livestream services, where possible, and to maintain outreach with parishioners using appropriate communication tools.
I pray that these options provide spiritual support for your community during the lockdown period. Once again, I thank you for your incredible work this year in caring for the faithful under these most difficult circumstances.
Sincerely in Christ,
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto
Toronto & Peel Region Lockdown & Emergency Restrictions:
From a November 20th memo from the office of Cardinal Collins, starting on Monday, November 23, 2020, parishes must restrict attendance inside the church to 10 people, including priests hearing confessions or a staff member/volunteer required to monitor capacity restrictions. Due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled.
Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from Covid-19. Churches, wherever possible and according to the judgement of the pastor, are encouraged to remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Weddings, funerals and baptisms (without Mass) are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry (priest, cantor, etc.). First Holy Communions and Confirmations should be postponed at this time.
Parishioners are encouraged to view online/livestream/televised Masses. A full list is available at http://www.archtoronto.org and I will continue to celebrate the livestreamed Mass each day from St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 7:30 a.m.
No meetings should take place in parish halls or other church spaces at this time. The only exception would be those deemed as essential services e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings. These meetings should be restricted to 10 people and ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures are in place (use of masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, etc.). Virtual meetings should replace in person meetings wherever possible.
Parish offices should move to Phase 1 – Parish Offices Closed/Significant Operating Restrictions. Only essential staff in the office. Employees should work remotely wherever possible. Parish offices closed to the public – limited essential appointments only. Staff should take direction from the pastor regarding the local situation on the most prudent approach. In larger parishes, it may be possible to rotate staff.
First Holy Communion:
Important Information for Preparation for Confirmation
Visitors and New Parishioners
A very warm welcome to all new parishioners and those who are visiting the St. Boniface Parish website.
New parishioners are asked to contact the office at 416-261-5983
Covid-19 Protocols before Holy Communion
Now that the pews have been returned to use in the church, we must work together to observe the safe-return to church practices that other parishes have been observing. Safe numbers (i.e. limited seating), as well as the following:
– When coming forward for Holy Communion, you must be wearing your mask.
– Currently, we are only able to distribute Holy Communion on the palm of your bare hand.
– In order to maintain physical distancing, we will give holy communion to one side of the church at a
time, starting on the tabernacle side first. Please use the markings on the main aisle to maintain physical distancing and return to your pew by way of the side aisle.
– If you are receiving the Eucharist please stop at the floor marker that is six feet from the priest or Minister of Holy Communion.
– While wearing a mask, the priest will say “The Body of Christ” and you will reply “Amen.” With your mask on, approach the priest or Minister of Holy Communion. Allow the priest or minister to place the host on the palm of your bare hand.
– Then move to the spot marked on the floor to your left or right, remove your mask and consume the Eucharist. Then put the mask back on your face and return to your pew. Please do not walk and consume the Eucharist.
– If you are receiving a blessing, please cross your arms over your chest and receive the blessing from the 6 feet physical distancing floor marker. Then you can return to your seat.
– After the final dismissal and blessing, starting with the last row of pews on the Tabernacle side, working our way to the front of the church people will leave one row at a time. Starting at the front pew, people can exit the church via the parking lot and Markanna Drive doors at the front of the church. Please exit the church promptly. Once one side is gone, the rear of the other side will exit in the same way. Please be patient as we exit the church in a safe and responsible way.
– Please do not come to church if you have a Fever; Cough; Difficulty Breathing; Sore Throat and Trouble Swallowing; Runny Nose; Loss of Taste or Smell; Not Feeling Well; Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea.
Please follow the instructions of our ushers, as we adjust to the safety procedures in our church.
Greetings and peace to all. Since we cannot meet each other in the usual way that new parish priests introduce themselves to their new parishioners and parishes, as we have adapted in so many other ways during the coronavirus, we are adapting with this bulletin intro. My name is Fr. Peter Marr. I was born in Toronto and was baptized at St Clare’s Parish and raised in a family of eight children in Oakville. I am coming to St. Boniface Parish after eleven years serving on the formation faculty at St. Augustine’s Seminary. So, we have already been neighbours for a long time. My coming to St. Boniface Parish is a return to parish ministry, something that is close to the heart of every diocesan priest’s desire. Parish ministry reflects the gift of family life: loving, sharing, forgiving, accepting, and learning the beauty and wonder of every human person as we all make our own journey to God’s kingdom together. My most treasured gift in life has been the place where I learned the most about how to love – family life. Parish life is where I am most happy to continue to make that same journey with you, learning and sharing together God’s greatest gifts for us in the sacraments, in prayer and praise, and in parish and community life together. I am looking forward to getting to know you as we share the journey of faith together.
A Message from our Cardinal
A message of gratitude.
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