I also want to make a small video of Fr. Peter Chiang while he helps out Canadian Martyrs. If you have any videos or pictures, we will create an email soon to collect them.
Based on the recommendations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver and the consultation of Dr Bonnie Henry, Archbishop Miller has set up new policies of reopening of the Churches of public Masses. Sunday public Masses has been started last weekend. Since we are still working through the new procedure, kindly be patient with us. If you have been inconvenient in any way, please forgive us for the lack of coordination. I am sure that everyone is still nervous with the new normal. Let’s continue to aim for charity. The video about the new procedures to participating in Mass can be viewed here.
Even though the Province of British Columbia has never ordered any churches to close down during the pandemic, the Archbishop and all the pastors have closed down the churches for a couple of months in the consideration of the well-being of parishioners. As your Pastor, I am grateful for the patience of so many faithful parishioners, and especially your concerns and prayers at this time. Your support has been overwhelming. I can only thank God for your perseverance and your generosity.
After consulting with the Canadian Martyrs Parish Council members, in order to balance the strict health protocol and the desires of the faithful, currently we have established the following policies.
All the faithful in the Archdiocese of Vancouver remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
Mass can be CELEBRATED for public according to the Provincial rules with a limitation of 50 people, and we will take photos and register the attendants to proof the number of people present.
Mass times (2 Masses may be added)
5:00 pm Mandarin Mass 6:15 pm Cantonese Mass 7:00 pm English Mass
8:15 am Cantonese 10:00 am Cantonese 11:45 am English
Online at CMCC website (starting on Tuesday, June 2)
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
No more than 4 persons can be registered for one call unless for direct family members.
Please re-register at the beginning of each month, except for June. Renewal of next registration date starts July 1.
Since registration is good for one month, please inform us if you are not able to attend for whatever reasons. If you need to change the time, please call our hotline or email us. If you forget to let us know, any no show will lose their registration for the following week(s). You need to register again for the rest of the month.
Registered parishioners have to arrive 10 minutes before Mass time in order to enter the church. No guarantee for late comers.
Online Sunday Mass will be live streaming on Saturday 5:00 pm in Mandarin, 6:15 pm in Cantonese and 7:30 pm in English at our website: cmartyrs.rcav.org
Anyone attending Mass does so at their own risk.
The following must stay home temporarily for the sake of the wider community:
People with COVID-19 or who live with someone with COVID-19.
People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Those who have recently travelled outside of Canada.
The following are encouraged to stay home temporarily for the sake of the wider community:
People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
People, especially the elderly, with underlying or comprised medical conditions.
Family members who live with elderly people or those who are at risk.
People with allergy that sneeze, while runny nose is okay.
The entrance to church for Mass is through the large wooden door. If the door is closed, please wait outside with a physical distance of 6 feet.
Please use the sanitizer when entering and leaving the church. Seating is restricted to every second pew to maintain physical distancing. Please keep the physical distance of 6 feet unless with family members.
Use of face masks/coverings by parishioners at Mass or inside church is a must for the comfort of other parishioners. If you need to a face mask, you can obtain it from our office.
Holy Communion will be distributed after Mass so that the priest has time to sanitize his hands and put on a face mask. Holy Communion will be through the middle aisle, Mark off seats that are on the aisle to keep social distancing when people are lined up for Holy Communion. Tape is placed on floor to indicate physical distance between persons, when waiting to receive Holy Communion.
The use of crying room for children is now limited to 1 family with minimum of 2 children. One of them must be under 8 years old.
Individual bulletin is laid out on the tables. Please pick one when exiting.
Please dispose mask and gloves at appropriate garbage bins outside the Church.
We need volunteers to help cleaning the Church after each Mass.
Please beware of the different entrance and exit arrangement. After Mass, please leave either through the doors to the bus stop on Granville Avenue or through the doors to the parking lot by the Reception area.
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Children liturgy is suspended due to the difficulty to maintain social distancing.
Sunday Food Court is suspended.
Encourage the same family members coming together with one car to avoid giving a wrong perception to our neighbors that there are more than 50 people in the church.
Weekday Mass at 8:30 am Monday to Friday only (no Saturday) with Morning prayer at 8:15 am. Daily missal and morning prayer book for weekday Masses must be taken home and cannot be left at the pews. Must register every Friday or Saturday for next week.
Guidelines for other parish activities and groups gatherings are to be determined.
Guidelines can be changed at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.
If we don't have enough sanitizer, or are unable to provide face masks, we cannot open for public Masses.
Any comments can be referred to Fr. Au, Fr. Yeung or any of our parish council members listed below:
Sr. Elisa Grignoli, Augustine Lo, Candy Hui, Clarence Wu, Diana Uy, Gina Almenario, Jerol Ocariza, Kenneth Ng, Stephen Lau
Guidelines from the Archdiocese of Vancouver can be read at www.rcav.org .
Sincerely yours in Christ,