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);
Showing Identification;
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.


(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
Father Kris

Greetings to all.
Hope you are well and safe during this unusual time.

1. We now have 2 masses on the weekends, Saturdays at 6:00 and Sundays at 10:30. We are only allowed to have a maximum of 100 people to abide by the public health measure rules. Parishioners no longer need to call and make an appointment for mass. You may however, view daily Masses via live streaming on Facebook using ID “ Mekala Kris” or “Stephen Parish” at 10:30 AM.

2. If anyone is in need of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick please call the parish office.

3. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment only. Those wishing to receive the sacrament can call the parish office to book an appointment. Appointments will follow the social distancing guidelines.

4. If you have a Mass or Prayer requests you will need to provide the following information: Name of the person for whom the Mass will be offered. Identify if the mass is to be offered in honor of or in memory of your loved one. The date you wish to offer the mass and the name of the person offering the mass. This information can be emailed to: fatherchrisstsp79@gmail.com or you can drop the details off in an envelope to the parish. If you can’t send your Mass stipend right away don’t worry you can send it later by cheque in the name of St. Stephen’s Parish or by dropping it in mailbox.

5. I have received a number of inquiries from parishioners wishing to make their weekly contribution to support the parish financially. You can drop your envelopes off to the parish mailbox or you can send your donation by e-transfer to stephensparish@gmail.com. Don’t forget to write your envelope number in the comment section.

6. If you want to pick up your income tax receipts please call to the parish and we will assist you with your request.

7. If you wish to schedule an appointment with the priest please call 643-2523.

Thank you for your generous support and understanding.

God bless
Father Kris

Mass will be on facebook live.
Facebook ID: Kris Mekala


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