315 Douglas Avenue East Regina, Saskatchewan  S4N 1H7 Phone 306-757-1325    email:  hc.office@holycrossregina.ca  

Coming to Mass

In keeping with the Code of Canon Law no. 87, Archbishop Donald Bolen  grants to all the Catholic faithful dispensation from their Sunday obligation until further notice. You do not have to come back until you feel comfortable doing so or we return to full capacity. Follow at home from one of the many excellent broadcast or live streamed Masses available every weekday or Sunday.

Changes to the Celebration of Mass with Stage 3                                                           July 20 2021

We have received guidelines from the Archdiocese to move to an open Mass environment again. These guidelines will be implemented as long as nothing changes to increase the spread of COVID cases.   

The guidelines implemented at Holy Cross are listed below. As we progress, these may be amended or added to as public health conditions change.

Dispensation                                                                                                                                                                                           The faithful continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation until                September 1, 2021.

Masses                                                                                                                                                                                                    We will continue to celebrate three Masses per weekend in July – Saturday at 5:00pm, Sunday at 9:30am and 11:30am.

 Masking                                                                                                                                                                                       Although masking will no longer be required under the public health order, some people may still wish to wear masks based on their own risk assessment and comfort level depending on the circumstances. Individuals with symptoms are asked to please stay at home and watch the Mass on television or the Web.

 Gatherings                                                                                                                                                                                   Although physical distancing will no longer be required, we will continue to have our distancing practices. As people return we will adjust gradually, opening more pews. Food and beverages will not be served at Holy Cross until further notice.

 Contact Tracing                                                                                                                                                                           Contact tracing will not be required. Booking or reserving places will no longer be required.

 Hand Hygiene                                                                                                                                                                                   We will maintain hand sanitizing practices that were implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide hand sanitizers, tissues, and waste receptacles.  Please feel free to continue to bring and use your own hand sanitizer. 

 Holy Water Fonts                                                                                                                                                                               We have started using the Holy water fonts again. 

 Sign of Peace                                                                                                                                                                                     The Sign of Peace by shaking of the hands has resumed at the comfort level of individuals in attendance. For individuals with cold or flu symptoms, shaking hands and other physical touch are not recommended. The Sign of Peace may be expressed with a bow or similar ritual gesture.

 Singing and  Hymnals                                                                                                                                                                      The congregation will be allowed to sing again. Individuals who may not be comfortable singing in a public gathering are welcome and encouraged to continue to wear a mask.  As the choirs move forward the hymnals will be  placed.

 Bulletins                                                                                                                                                                                        Bulletins will also be handed out again. We will have a July 11th bulletin for the month of July.

 Collection Baskets                                                                                                                                                                            Our collection basket will remain at the front of the church for now. 

 Children’s Liturgy                                                                                                                                                                         Children’s liturgy will be looked at in September. 

 Ministry Volunteers                                                                                                                                                                           Co-ordinator Dolores D. is working at the re-starting our ministry schedules. We are looking for proclaimers and alter servers to restart. Stay tuned as Dolores reaches out or give her a call.

Communion                                                                                                                                                                                         Fr. Richard will continue to distribute communion for now as the sole minister.  Recipients will continue to be required to use hand  sanitizer before they receive. Reception in the hand is to be the norm.  He is comfortable with Communion on the tongue for those who would prefer this. Individuals with cold or flu symptoms are to refrain from receiving communion on the tongue. Reception of the Blood of Christ will not resume at this time. 

These guidelines can be changed, canceled or adapted at any time.