Masses and other liturgical services will resume under the strict guidelines of the Provincial Health Authorities and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.
We will be limiting our Masses to a maximum of 50 people and will be holding Masses in the church and the church hall. Each person attending the Mass will be pre-registered and only those pre-registered will be allowed into the church or hall for the Mass. For everyone’s safety, there will be no exceptions. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
When will Masses appear on reopen.church?
The reopen webpage will open Sunday at 9:00pm – on the weekend preceding a two week period.
How many Masses will appear on reopen church?
Masses will appear in two week batches. The 8:30am, 10:30am and 5pm Sunday will be available in the Church and Parish Hall. The 5pm Saturday will only be available in the Church. Please select only one Mass in the two week period available.
Can I book more than one Mass at a time?
Please sign-up for only one Mass in a bi-weekly period (once every two weeks). This is to ensure all parishioners have access to mass. Mass sign-ups will be monitored, and anyone signing up for more than one mass will be notified.
Are there any exceptions to signing up for more than one Mass?
The only exception will be starting Thursday at 12:00pm – Friday 12:00pm of the upcoming weekend. If you see spots available, please feel free to sign up at that time. This would have given enough time for others to sign up.
Is there a cutoff to sign-up?
Yes. 12:00pm each Friday for the upcoming weekend. For example, for the weekend of August 8/9, you must have signed up prior to Friday August 7th at 12:00pm. At that time, the Mass lists will be printed. Please do not call the Parish Office once this deadline has passed, as changes cannot be made. You may show up to church on a weekend Mass, and if there are indeed spaces, you will be allowed to enter. However, it is not a guarantee. Provincial regulations will not allow us to exceed 50 people in the church.
How many seats will be available?
Only 50 people will be allowed in the Church or Hall at one time. Seats will vary by Mass due to assigned volunteers (choir, videographer, etc.) that will require a spot. For example, a 10:30am Mass in the church would have one less seat available due to a videographer live-streaming the Mass.
My spouse/child volunteers at Mass. Will I have reserved seating?
No. While volunteers will have reserved spots, unfortunately, our system cannot track the family of volunteers at this time. The Parish is manually tracking the volunteer spaces, not volunteers themselves. With volunteer schedules often not set well in advance, and volunteers having different sizes of families (single, married, married with children), this would cause issues in over/under reserving seats when Masses are set up. We are asking family members of volunteers to please sign up on reopen.church at this time. Thank you for understanding.
I’m having trouble signing up. Who can I contact?
For any tech related issues, please email our volunteers: firstname.lastname@example.org and allow at least 24 hours for a response. Please refrain from calling the Parish Office unless urgent.
I do not have email or access to the internet, how can I sign up?
We will accommodate everyone, and ensure all parishioners have access to masses. Please call the Parish Office to sign up and provide your contact information (604) 936-2525. Every two weeks, a volunteer will likely follow-up with you to confirm which mass you can sign-up for.
I can no longer attend Mass, how do I cancel?
If it is before 12:00pm Friday prior to the upcoming weekend you were scheduled to attend mass, please go back to reopen.church and unregister yourself. You will need to unregister using the computer/device and browser you used to register. This will open spaces for others. If it is past 12:00pm on a Friday, or your device will not allow you to unregister, please email email@example.com for a volunteer to unregister you. If you do not have email, please call the church.
I’m not feeling well, but do not want to miss Mass, how can I attend?
During these unprecedented times, please do not come to church sick, even with a small cough or cold. We are thankful to have technology and you can watch Mass at our Parish YouTube channel.
I have extra time to volunteer, who should I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help contact parishioners who do not have access to email, or if you are able to volunteer to help sanitize the church after a Mass you attend.
Please remember to follow the instructions of the ushers upon entry and throughout the service. They will be ensuring you are on the list for that mass and location. They will be directing you to seats that will be marked at appropriate distances (keeping members of the same household together).
Follow the signage that will be posted throughout the church and hall.
Note the floor signage to maintain social spacing during communion and during entrance/exit.
There will be one clearly marked entrance and one exit. Direction of travel will be one-way only. Keep your distance during entrance and exit. Please do not be more than 15 minutes early for your mass. We need to ensure that there is no crossover between the mass directly before yours. We also need some turnover time to sanitize the space and touch points.
Note that the bathrooms will be closed and cannot be used during this phase of reopening. Please ensure all members of your group are aware of this.
All books (hymns, missals, etc.) will be removed and will not be available for use.
It is highly recommended that you wear a face mask, but it is not required.
The social etiquettes engrained in us will make this next one difficult, but please NO handshaking or hugs outside of your family/household.
If you are feeling sick or under the weather the day of your mass, please stay home and do not attend. It is okay! Take care of yourself and your community by staying home. Sunday Mass at 9 am and 10:30 am will continue to be streamed live on our Youtube Channel.