Daily Mass (Tues-Fri): 9 am • Saturday (Vigil): 5 pm • Sunday: 9:30 am and 11 am
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, friends,
I hope that you are all well and enjoying sunnier and longer days!
Earlier on Friday, the provincial government announced that parishes in Gray (Lockdown) Zone – including Corpus Christi – will be permitted 15 percent capacity for religious services. Thank you to all who wrote a letter to our MPPs asking via the “A Place to Worship” campaign for a fair and balanced approach to restrictions for places of worship. Earlier this week, our Cardinal Collins and a diverse group of faith leaders had the opportunity to meet virtually with Premier Ford, Minister Elliott, and Dr. Williams to discuss our concerns. We are grateful to all who have supported us so that we may have Masses with a reasonable number of people.
We may have funerals in the church, either with the funeral home staff present (in that case only 10 persons would be permitted), or without funeral staff present inside the church (for now Bereavement Authority of Ontario permits 50 persons in the church; they might change that policy soon to 15%).
The churches in the gray zone won’t be able to use the hall during the Mass.
15% of our church capacity is 105 persons. This however might not be possible at most of the Masses as we will have to ensure that physical distancing of seating will be maintained. The more realistic number that we will try would be about 40 social bubbles or individual spots or up to 50 if one person would sit every six feet in the widest pews. For now, we will cap the number to 45 social bubbles/individuals. This number would not include the priests, lectors, and musicians, with up to permitted 105 persons in the church, (including everyone).
We will have to ensure that we have an optimal number of volunteers to help with ushering and cleaning after the Masses. The volunteers won’t need to register with Eventbrite, but just sign in. Thank you for your generosity with your time and talent!
We will begin our daily Masses with people on Tuesday, March 16th.
Our Sunday Masses with the public will begin from March 21, on Saturday evening at 5 pm, Sunday morning at 9 am and 11 am. Please note that after consultation with the Pastoral Council and the parishioners it has been decided that the 9:30 am Sunday Mass will be moved to 9 am. This will allow more time for cleaning and stressless participation at Mass, without worries about the parking lot, among others. In this way we may stay in the church as we should, without leaving early, but after the priest exits with recessional hymn. The 11 am Mass will be the only Sunday Mass that will be both, live-streamed, and with people.
For the purpose of contact tracing, we ask you that you register via Eventbrite for one ticket, either as one person (if you will come alone), or one ticket for your family/social bubble of up to 5 persons if you will come with more people, for all the weekday and weekend Masses (https://corpuschristimasses.eventbrite.ca).
If you don’t know how to preregister via Eventbrite, call the office during the week so to register via phone. If you don’t register, you may be allowed to enter if there will be spots available and number permits, but we will have to sign you in, and that might create a line up which we try to avoid.
If you book a ticket and decide not to come, please cancel your ticket via the link in your registration email (or by phone during office hours if you preregister via phone). That will allow someone else to have a spot at Mass in the church. In this way, we will avoid having empty pews and no tickets available.
In case that you think that you might have been exposed to Covid-19, or feel sick, I ask you to please stay at home.
At times we might feel attached to certain seats or places in the pews. Out of charity, I ask you to allow yourself to be guided by the ushers so that we may sit as great a number of the parishioners as possible. Remember, Christian greatness is in humility.
You may see a more complete explanation on our Eventbrite page for Mass reservation (https://corpuschristimasses.eventbrite.ca), and below this text.
As many might have a reasonable concern to attend public Masses, our daily Masses (Tuesday to Friday at 9 am), and Way of the Cross (on Fridays at 7 pm) will continue to be live-streamed and saved on our YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/corpuschristiyoutube). We are continually looking to improve the quality of video transmission. Recently, in addition to the fixed camera, we have integrated mobile camera live-streaming with our sound system. Thank you, David, for your help!
The dispensation from the obligation to attend the Sunday Eucharist continues (3rd Commandment). The elderly, those with compromised immune systems or other health conditions are encouraged to exercise extreme caution about any outings, including attendance at church.
Since we will have Masses with people, our Holy Communion services will be discontinued after Sunday, March 14, 2021.
We with continue having the church open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 11 am for a period of private prayer for up to 105 person/45 social bubbles. Please preregister here, (http://bit.ly/CorpusChristiEvents).
A few very important additional points:
Here you may find a message of our archbishop, Cardinal Thomas Collins regarding the news above, (https://mailchi.mp/archtoronto/cardinal-collins-thank-you-for-answering-my-call-to-action?e=76f44a5a29).
On Sunday, March 21, 2021, Bishop Kasun will officially install me to be the Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish. The Mass will also be with people and it will be live-streamed at 11:00 am. Please join us at this unique liturgy in person or via the internet (http://bit.ly/corpuschristiyoutube).
Sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion (grade 2) and Confirmation (gr. 7-8) has begun and registration will close soon. Our Bible study has begun as well, on the Eucharist in the Scripture. For more information, please see the bulletin (https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/News-Events/parish-bulletins).
We have been updating our website on a new platform but with the same URL address (https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/) Thank you, Patience, for your hard work!
It is the Year of St. Joseph, and there are many ways to bring St. Joseph more consciously into our homes. By doing so, we learn more about him as he has been venerated since biblical times. Here are a few suggestions for bringing St. Joseph to your home, heart, and mind. Thank you to Connie Price from the Office of Formation for Discipleship of the Archdiocese of Toronto for sharing (https://yearofstjoseph.org/devotions/traditions/). There you may find how to,
- Make a table of St. Joseph, (https://yearofstjoseph.org/devotions/st-joseph-table/)
- Recite different prayers to St. Joseph, (https://yearofstjoseph.org/devotions/prayers/)
- Discover and nurture different devotions to St. Joseph, (https://yearofstjoseph.org/devotions/)
- Consecrate yourself to St. Joseph (https://yearofstjoseph.org/consecration/). If might be good for you entrust yourself to him whom God entrusted Himself and His own Mother.
- At-home prayers and activities for children: Check out Katie Bogner’s “Look to Him and be Radiant: Resources for the Year of St. Joseph.” These resources also include prayers for adults! (https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/2021/01/resources-for-year-of-st-joseph.html)
Last week there was the 2021 Ordinandi event, at which people from across Canada had come together to acknowledge and pray for vocations celebrating God who calls men to follow Him in priesthood and men and women in a life consecrated to the Lord. Priests-to-be shared at the Ordinandi event their vocations stories, (https://www.youtube.com/embed/q8Y7o4h2emg?rel=0). Here is a link for the Ordinandi event for the youth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOU9oKQhGg). More about Ordinandi dinner events, (https://www.archtoronto.org/en/outreach/news/archdiocesan/virtual-ordinandi-dinner-events/).
The Office of Vocations will be hosting a virtual Come & See Weekend, via Zoom, for men who are 17+ years of age. This event will take start on Friday, March 26 (7 to 9 p.m.) until Saturday, March 27 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The weekend offers a way for men to discern a possible call to priesthood at our seminary. I encourage you to promote the culture of vocations in our Parish. Thank you in advance for your generosity in prayer and support of vocations as we work together to build a culture of vocations. REGISTER HERE: www.vocationstoronto.ca; EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org; POSTER:http://bit.ly/VirtualComeAndSee2021
Visit www.archtoronto.org/careers for the latest employment opportunities.
Finally, this Saturday evening/Sunday morning (March 13-14) at 2 am we will have a daylight saving time change.
May God bless you and your family,
Dear parishioners and friends,
we may have the celebration of Masses and other religious services with up to 15% of the capacity of the church in the gray zone. The hall won't be available for the Masses during this time.
15% of our church capacity is 105 persons. This number however might not be possible at most of the Masses as we will have to ensure that physical distancing of seating will be maintained. The more realistic number that we will try would be about 45 social bubbles (for up to 5 persons) or individual spots (excluding the priests, lectors, and musicians), with up to 105 persons in the church (including everyone).
We will have to ensure that we have an optimal number of volunteers to help with ushering and cleaning after the Masses when necessary. Thank you for your generosity with your time and talent! We will begin our public Masses on Tuesday, March 16th. Ushers who are assigned won't need to preregister but they will need to sign in.
You may also sign up here for the daily Masses (Tuesday to Friday at 9 am), which will continue to be live-streamed and saved on our YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/corpuschristiyoutube).
Our Sunday Masses with people will begin from March 21, 2021, on Saturday evenings at 5 pm, and Sunday mornings at 9 am and 11 am. Please note that after consultation with the Pastoral Council and the parishioners it has been decided that the 9:30 am Sunday Mass would be moved to 9 am. This will allow more time for cleaning and stressless participation at Mass, without worries about the parking lot, among others. The 11 am Mass will be the only Sunday Mass that will be both, live-streamed, and with people.
For the purpose of contact tracing, we ask you that you register via Eventbrite for one ticket only, either as one person if you will come alone, or one ticket for your family/social bubble if you will come with more people, for all the weekday and weekend Masses.
If you don’t know how to preregister via Eventbrite, call the office during the week so to register via phone. If you don’t register either via Eventbrite or phone, you may be allowed to enter after the Mass begins if there will be no more tickets available, but we will have to sign you in, and that might create a line up which we try to avoid. Accordingly, if you will not arrive on time, you might lose your spot.
If you decide not to come, please cancel your ticket on time via the link in your registration email (or by phone during office hours if you preregister via phone). That might allow someone else to find a spot in the church. In this way, we will avoid having empty pews and no tickets available.
Please note that every reasonable precaution has been and will continue to be taken by the Archdiocese of Toronto to protect your health and safety. However, there can be no guarantees of complete protection as there will always be risks of contracting a viral infection through large gatherings.
Please do not enter the church if you have a temperature, feel ill, or have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual over the past two weeks.
God bless you and keep you safe, you and your family!
Last updated by Corpus Christi Web Admin Mar 21.