Message from our Priests
Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph Parish,
Archbishop Pettipas along with the bishops of Alberta have given us permission to celebrate Mass with the public present. Those at Mass will be invited to receive communion. Though aware of our need to respect physical distance and be concerned for the safety of all, we are happy to gather as a praying community and see some of you returning to our spiritual home.
St. Joseph Parish will begin celebrating public Masses starting next Monday, June 1. From Monday to Friday we will celebrate two Masses. Mass times are 9:00 A.M and 12:15 P.M. We are allowed to have 50 people in attendance and communion will be distributed. Of course, we are still in a pandemic situation so we are carefully following directives from Alberta Health because the safety of everyone is imperative.
Signing up for Masses
Everyone must register to attend Mass. To register you need to phone the office during specific hours in the day (see below image for details). Our phone number is 780-532-2351. You cannot register by leaving a message or by email. If you call to register and there is no answer, please call again. When registering we will ask you questions about your health that might show symptoms of COVID-19. We will also ask if you have traveled outside of Canada in the last fourteen days. Again, these questions will help to keep our church a safe environment for everyone.
All those present at Mass are expected to wear a non-medical mask and must bring their own mask. You are required to wear your mask before you enter the communion line. Before coming to the church we strongly encourage you to take the short online COVID- 19 self-assessment.
Mass attendance Checklist:
1-2 Business days before:
- Call Parish Office (780-532-2351) to register you and any other family members attending. You will be asked preliminary screening questions by a staff member upon registration.
- Arrive before the beginning time of mass (9:00am or 12:15pm)- doors will be closed and locked once mass has begun.
- Complete the government recommended short online COVID- 19 self-assessment.
- Bring masks to wear during Communion
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to wear a mask? All those present at Mass are expected to wear a non-medical mask and must bring their own mask. You are required to wear your mask before you enter the communion line. You are not required to wear a mask while in your pew- maintaining social distancing.
What if I have young children? We ask that children under 2 must be held. You must bring a mask for children over 2 and they will be required to wear it in the Communion line. All children must remain with their parent(s) the entire time. Please be confident that children will stay with you without issue or you may be asked to leave as children are not permitted to run about in the church due to the strict regulations set in place.
Information from the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan
Please take a moment to read the newest letter from Archbishop Gerard Pettipas concerning the reintroduction to public masses