November 19, 2020
Suspension of Holy Mass Celebrated in Public
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
After today’s Provincial Health Order from Dr. Bonnie Henry, and with considerable sadness, I must direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Friday, November 20 and until further notice, are to be offered without a public congregation. This directive likewise applies to other liturgical services as well as to social activities and gatherings held in church facilities. The new order from the Ministry states: “In-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended under the order. For example: Do not attend a church, synagogue or mosque service.”
It is important to note that Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may all still go ahead, but with restrictions on attendees: “Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant. Receptions associated with funeral, wedding or baptism receptions are not allowed at any location.”
Wherever possible – that is, whenever the health and safety of the community can be scrupulously attended to – churches may remain open for private prayer, Adoration and individual Confession.
“The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight,” although it may be extended beyond that point.
I fully understand that this is a difficult measure to have to take, especially on such short notice, and I am aware of the strain this will put on pastors and parishioners alike. From today’s order it seems that religious institutions are not being treated with the same consideration regarding the number present at religious gatherings compared to that at secular indoor gatherings. While this is very disappointing, we are called to be beacons of light to the community at large and must do our part in a spirit of sacrificial love for our neighbours.
Further communication may come in the next days to help clarify the situation regarding other events or activities.
With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families as we weather this new trial, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver
New Online Sign-up System effective August 1, 2020
Our Parish is moving to an online sign-up system. We thank our volunteers who have graciously given a lot of time to maintain spreadsheets, call parishioners, and send reminders. Given the current situation, the Parish has decided to transition to an online registration system.
We will be using “reopen.church” for our Mass sign-up platform. Reopen church is very user friendly. If you have a phone or computer, you can complete sign up in just a few clicks and within a minute.
Simply click on the link below, view the Masses available, and select the Mass you wish to attend. Enter how many people from your household are attending, your name(s), and an email address. The number of people you sign up, is the number that will be registered in our system. For contact tracing purposes, when booking spots for your family, please only sign up people in your own household and include all first names.
Two weekends of Masses will be added to the webpage every two weeks. We ask you to please sign up for only one Mass in the two-week period.
Our permanent reopen.church link is: https://reopen.church/r/b47nM8Nr It is here you can view and sign up for Masses.
Conveniently, the system automatically updates and counts the seats available at each Mass.
Please review the Questions and Answers on our info page, which are really important in understanding the processes and systems the church will be using going forward. Thank you!
Live-Streaming of Mass Update
We continue to offer a live stream of Sunday Masses on our Youtube Channel.
- Sunday, 9am in French
- Sunday, 10:30am in English
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Please see new details and guidelines regarding the opening of our church for Masses beginning the weekend of May 30/31.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Good news! The Church will soon be reopening for Masses with a congregation. But there are protocols to be followed and a limited number of people inside the Church. There are things we need before we can reopen. We need Lysol disinfectant wipes and disinfectant liquid as we are required to disinfect the Church after each Mass. May I ask parishioners to buy one for the Church when they go to Costco or Walmart (if they are available). You can either donate or we can reimburse you. It is also helpful if you can provide us with suppliers for these items including disposable gloves as they are hard to find.
Thank you and hope to see you soon. God bless and keep safe.
As Mass is closed to the public until further notice, Subscribe to our YouTube page as we live stream Holy Mass as follows:
- Sunday, 9am in French
- Sunday, 10:30am in English
Private prayer in the church
The church will remain open from 12 noon to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Requesting Mass Intentions
Fr. Mark and Fr. Claude continue their commitment to saying a Mass for the scheduled Mass intentions. Masses are celebrated privately as there are no public Masses currently being held.
If anyone would like to schedule a Mass intention, requests may be dropped off at the rectory (there is a mail slot at the front door) or emailed to the parish office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Minimum offering for each scheduled Mass intention is $10.
When submitting a request, please provide the following information:
- Who or what the intention is for — living or deceased, name, occasion
- Date being requested
- Contact information of person requesting — Name, phone number, email
Monday, March 30, 2020
Many have asked how to make your weekly donations online, either by credit card or direct bank deposit. Our parish relies on your regular giving to care for members and your generosity is deeply appreciated. If you are already set up with our parish’s Pre-Authorized Debit, please continue.
As the parish office is currently closed, you may set up your pre-authorized gift through the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s website. Please visit rcav.org/coronavirus. Click on the “Sunday Offering” tab to set up a recurring or one-time donation. This giving system is secure and contributions will be included in your year-end tax receipt from our parish.
Thank you for providing crucial support during this difficult time.
Friday, March 27, 2020
The Parish office will be closed until further notice.
All scheduled parish activities and events are suspended effective immediately until further notice.
All parishioners and guests should keep aware of the latest press releases from Archbishop Miller and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver by signing up for email updates at: rcav.org/coronavirus
Friday, March 20, 2020
In keeping with the Directive of the Archbishop of Vancouver, all public Masses at all parishes of the Archdiocese, including Our Lady of Fatima Parish, are suspended effective Saturday, March 21st until further notice.
To read the letter issued by Archbishop Miller, CSB on March 20, 2020, please visit https://rcav.org/coronavirus/
Masses will continue to be offered without a public congregation. If you have requested a Mass to be offered, it will be offered by our priests on the scheduled date, however without a public congregation.