No More Publicly Celebrated Masses or Parish Events in the Archdiocese of Toronto during the Provincial State of Emergency

Today, the premier declared that the province of Ontario is in a state of emergency until March 31.

For this reason, Cardinal Collins has asked that there be no publicly celebrated Masses during this time and that all church events be cancelled.

For this reason, we will no longer have any publicly celebrated Masses or Stations of the Cross until further notice.

I will celebrate Mass privately every day for the intentions of the parish

The church will remain open for prayer Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is hoped we can maintain this practice for as long as permitted. As the situation is constantly changing, this could well change from day to day.

The parish offices will remain open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If these hours cannot be maintained by the parish staff, if God willing, my own health allows it, I will staff the parish offices. The office will not be open evenings during the state of emergency.

I am attaching a copy of Cardinal Collins’ letter from today.

During this time, let us pray for all those who have contracted the coronavirus and their loved ones, that they may have a speedy recovery and know God’s presence in their suffering. Let us also keep in our prayers all those health care professionals who care for them.

Let us all keep before us the central reality of our faith in these uncertain times—Jesus is our Savior.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me if you wish. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families and I ask you to keep me in your prayers. God willing, this state of emergency and situation will soon be behind us.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Michael