We welcome you to St.Stephen’s Parish’s where all are welcome, without exception. St.Stephen’s Parish long in culturally and military history is located in the Town of Stephenville Newfoundland and Labrador population of 8,000 and a catchment area of 25,000.
Re: Precautions during the time of COVID-19 Pandemic
The mandatory Provincial regulations include:
New guidelines received from our Public Health Office require non-medical masks to be worn in all public indoor places, including houses of worship beginning Monday, August 24th.
This Public Health Order is waived for:
Children under the age of 5
People with physical or mental health conditions;
During “services provided” (i.e. receiving Holy Communion);
When deemed unsuitable under Occupational Health and Safety Regulations;
In seated areas, provided physical distancing of 2 meters is being practiced.
Beginning next Monday, Aug. 24th, you will be expected to comply with this order. You must wear a non-medical mask over “mouth and nose” while entering and moving around the church; you can remove your mask upon seating as long as the 2 meter physical distancing rule is practiced. You must wear a mask going up for communion, but remove it at the time of communion.
Bishop Bart has provided the following guidelines following from the government orders.
1. Only 100 parishioners are permitted in the church at one time including the priest. The parish has implemented a telephone registration process which includes the collection of names and telephone numbers for the purpose of Contact tracing should it become necessary
2. All those who would like to go for Mass please call to the parish office to register. 643-2523 on Thursday and Friday during the office hours. 9 to 12 and 1 to 4.
3. Bishop Bart will continue to live stream weekend Masses from Corner Brook.
4. Weekend Masses will continue with the regular schedule;
St. Stephen’s 6pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday.
I would like to inform you that we have now included another Mass on Sundays at 6 pm
Maria Regina 4:30 pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Sunday at 10:30am.
(If the number of registrations require, additional Masses will be added to the weekend schedule)
The Church will be opened one hour prior to the Mass.
5. Weekday Masses will continue to be live streamed daily.
6. You are asked to avoid gatherings in the church parking lot and maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.
7. Upon arriving at church you will be asked 3 questions and you will also be asked to confirm you contact information including your phone number.
A. Have you been outside of the Atlantic provinces in the last 14 days?
B. Have you been self-isolating?
C. Are you feeling unwell.
8. If you are not feeling well or have other health issues we advise you to stay at home and watch Mass online.
9. You will be directed to enter though a clearly marked door.
10. You will need to provide your name and contact information upon entering the church for purposes of contact tracing.
11. Ushers will guide parishioners as they enter and leave the Church to follow social distancing. Pews will be filled starting at the front of the church and working towards the back. Parishioners will be led to the pew by an usher.
12. Seating is clearly marked allowing 3 people to a pew to ensure social distancing. However, families within the same bubble can sit together. (arrangements will be made for those with medical conditions to sit near the back of the church)
13. Wearing face masks and gloves is optional (gloves and masks are not to-be worn when receiving communion).
14. Ushers will guide parishioners to and from Holy Communion, also to follow social distancing. Communion will be given on hand only, and there will be a group response "amen" not individual responses. When the Host is placed in your hand you can nod your head in response. (If parishioner wish/need to receive Holy Communion by mouth it can be done following Mass, not during Mass. I personally encourage everyone to receive by hand).
15. The Blood of Christ will not be received at Mass.
16. The church will be sanitized before and after each Mass. For those who wish to visit the blessed sacrament during the weekdays chapel at the basement is opened.
17. Offertory boxes will be placed at the entrance of the church (collection will not be taken up during Mass).
18. Sanitizer will be available throughout the Church.
19. There will be no choir and no congregational singing. Just a canter and the musician.
20.There will be no hymn books.
21. The Holy Water fonts have been removed from the Church.
22. There will be no printed bulletin, it can be viewed on the parish website.
23. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL ALSO NEED VOLUNTEER TO HELP DURING MASS AND AFTER EACH MASS. THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED CALL THE PARISH OFFICE 643-2523 ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DURING THE OFFICE HOURS 9 - 12 AND 1 - 4. FOR MARIA REGINA PARISH 648-2533.
(For Maria Regina and Our Lady of Fatima Parishes there will also be similar directives).
*Please remember we can’t STOP death but we can stop the spread of COVID*
Please note that being in the Church 10 minutes before mass will help maintain all these regulations.
The parishioners who are implementing these regulations are all volunteers from our Parish.
They are giving of their time so that Mass can continue here.
Try to understand the situation and please cooperate with us.
If anyone does not agree with these regulations, then they should bring their concerns to the parish office. Many thanks to all our volunteers.
We are looking for more volunteers to help continue with our Masses. Like cleaning the church, ushering, welcoming, ....
Please call the Parish office , if you would volunteer.
God bless you all