COVID-19 Response Plan

new update November 13, 2020

November 13 Update

Winnipeg moved into a Code Red and further restrictions came into effect on November 12.  For 28 days, churches are closed.  There will be no public Masses (weekday or weekend) but we will be continuing to livestream a Mass each Sunday for our community.  It is definitely difficult to have our church closed, especially as we near Advent, but our parish community remains active.  We will continue to send out an e-newsletter weekly, update our website, and mail out a monthly newsletter to those who do not have email.  If you would like a phone call from the parish, or Fr. JB, please let us know!

The church offices will be open during our regular business hours for anyone who needs to pick up or drop off something.  In addition, the province is allowing weddings, funerals, and baptisms (maximum 5 people in attendance.)

Although we do not know what our church capacity will be at Christmas, we will continue with our plan to have registration for Christmas masses begin on November 23, and we will pray that we can be together by then.

November 6 Update

As of today, the government is allowing faith-based gatherings to be 15% of capacity, to a site maximum of 100 people.  At each mass, we will be able to have 75 people in the church sanctuary, and another 25 in the hall.   As we have rarely reached our maximum capacity, attendance will continue to be on a first come, first serve basis.

 

October 31 Update:

The Province of Manitoba announced today that the City of Winnipeg was moving to the Red (Criticial) level in the Pandemic Response Strategy.  For faith-based gatherings, this means that our capacity will be reduced from 30% to 15%.  Although these changes do not take effect until Monday, November 2, we feel it is prudent and responsible to make the changes to our capacity effective immediately.

What does this mean for you if you are planning to attend Mass?

  • Our capacity is now 75 people in the church sanctuary and 35 people in the hall.  Currently, except for the 10:30 Mass which is busier, we average around 85 people per Mass, so with the hall, we should be able to easily accomodate everyone who wishes to attend Mass in person.
  • Attendance will be on a "first come, first serve" basis.
  • After 75 people are seated in the sanctuary, an additional 35 people can be seated in the hall.  If we reach capacity, we will lock our doors.
  • Masks are mandatory (except for children under 5, and people with health conditions for whom it is dangerous to wear a mask).
  • Please sanitize your hands, and sign our Covid-19 tracing form.
  • For your information, the 10:30 Mass is the busiest Mass, and is the only one of our four masses to reach capacity.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.  We look forward to the day we can fling our doors open and not count people on their way in!

 

October 5 Update:

Following the directive from the Archdiocese’ Covid-19 update announcing the changes in parish activities, Fr. Jean-Baptiste, MMOC staff and PPC members are working hard to address the required modifications to MMOC operations during this period.

NOTE:  Parish Ambassadors are currently calling parishioners to offer support.

In the meantime, please subscribe here to receive the weekly emails if you are not currently receiving any MMOC email updates or newsletters.

During this difficult time I want to assure you of MMOC's continued prayers for you.  We are working on services such as:

·    On-line weekend Mass with Fr. Jean-Baptiste

·     Offering Spiritual resources and support

·     Coordinating Volunteers to serve the emergency needs within our community.

·     Weekly posts and emails with inspiration, reflection, prayers, and current news.

·     Pastoral support 

·     As bills still need to get paid, you can donate online anytime or drop off your Sunday offerings in the parish mailbox.