Updated directives starting April 19 and COVID-19 measures at our parish

Under the latest provincial directives, starting Monday, April 19, a maximum of 10 people (9 + priest) will be permitted to attend masses and religious services, weddings, funerals, and baptisms.  The weekday and weekend mass schedule remains unchanged.

Registration is required – call the parish at 613-733-1553 or email stpeters1640@gmail.com to save your seat!  First come, first served.

Sunday masses will continue to be live streamed at 9:30 am every weekend. Join us through the live-stream link, or view the recording on the Virtual mass page.

The following measures have been put in place for the health and safety of our community.  These requirements MUST be followed: 

  • Entrance is not permitted to those who have an elevated temperature, or who are suffering from cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, undue fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aching, runny nose, chills involving shakes, loss of sense of taste or smell. If you are sick, you are kindly asked to stay home.
  • If you have traveled outside Canada within the past 14 days, you are not to enter the church until you have completed the period of self-isolation.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory upon entering the church, from age 3 and up.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided upon entry to the church before and after mass.
  • Maintain a two-metre (six foot) distance at all times in the church and on church property.

During the celebration of mass:

  • The entrance procession will be simplified.
  • There will be no hymnals in the pews; singing will be led by an instrumentalist and a cantor only.
  • Only one lector will proclaim the readings before the Gospel, and the petitions.
  • There will be no collection and presentation of bread and wine at the usual time. You will be invited to deposit your offering in the baskets in the main area of the church as you arrive or leave .
  • Communion can be received only in the hand at this time. Carefully extend your hands, placing one upon the other to receive the Body of Christ. Maintain physical distancing row by row.
  • Following the dismissal, you will be directed to leave the church, row by row, in order to maintain physical distancing. Using the back and side entrance of the church. No printed bulletins will be available.
  • You are asked to refrain from socializing with others following mass

Thank you for your prayers and cooperation. Stay well, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Archbishop’s Easter Message

You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see him, just as he told you. (Mark 16, 6-7)

Check out the Archdiocese website for Archbishop Marcel’s Easter message.

Also be sure to check out the family-friendly activities for Easter and Holy Week proposed by the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall: Easter Chronicles and 2021 Lenten Chronicles.

Happy Easter to all!

 

Holy week schedule 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming parishioners during the Holy Week.  Please note that registration is required to attend mass – call the parish at 613-733-1553 or email stpeters1640@gmail.com to save your seat!  We can only welcome 110 parishioners per mass.  Please also make note of the COVID-19 measures which MUST be followed when attending mass.

Mass times are:

Palm Sunday – March 27 at 5:00 pm, and March 28 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper – April 1 at 7:30 pm

Good Friday – April 2 at 3:00 pm

Stations of the Cross* – Fridays at 6:30 pm

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil – April 3 at 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday – April 4 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

*A weekly Stations of the Cross, based on the text of The Way of the Cross with the Virgin Mary, will take place at the parish on Friday evenings during Lent. Contact tracing information is required.

Check out the family-friendly activities for Holy Week proposed by the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall in their 2021 Lenten Chronicles.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in the Roman Rite, including Canada, are days of fasting and of abstinence from meat. Fasting is understood as being one meal and two other collations which, when combined, do not equal a meal. The law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older. Parents and educators should introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance. The actions modelled by adults will be the greatest influence in this matter.

Wishing everyone a blessed Holy Week.

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This coming Wednesday, February 17 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Depending on the decisions of the Government of Ontario and of the local public health authority (to be announced Tuesday, February 16, in the afternoon), we are planning for the possibility of having a special mass with the distribution of ashes at 7:00 pm. If we are open for masses, our seating will be limited to 110. In the event that we are not open for masses, we will live stream.

To confirm the schedule, please consult our parish website or call the parish office.  Please remember that for contact tracing, if we are able to open for public masses, we will return to the practice of registering for weekday masses and for Sunday masses.

During Lent, we will have the Stations of the Cross, based on the text of The Way of the Cross with the Virgin Mary, on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm.  The Stations of the cross will take place at the parish – contact tracing information is required.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in the Roman Rite, including Canada, are days of fasting and of abstinence from meat. Fasting is understood as being one meal and two other collations when combined do not equal a meal. The law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older. Parents and educators should introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance. The actions modelled by adults will be the greatest influence in this matter.

Wishing a blessed Lent to all.

Donate to the parish

St. Peter’s parish appreciates donations to help with church operations and maintenance, and to assist in achieving its mission of promoting the love and compassion that Jesus Christ showed to all people.

As we are living in these challenging times and even though the church is open, the parish still experiences ongoing expenses. We are therefore asking that you consider making your regular Sunday financial support by selecting one of the following options to make a donation to the church.

  • You can donate online through the donation form. If  you have a parish envelope number, please include it in the “Message for St. Peter’s Parish (optional)” field, to help with tracking of donations.
  • Call the parish office to make a donation and drop a cheque off in the parish mailbox in the main entrance area of the church building.
  • Send a cheque in the mail, payable to ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, to 1640 Heatherington Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 9P5.
  • Register to use a weekly donation envelope box set (for the year).

Thank you for your support!