As you are no doubt aware, the government of Ontario announced the implementation of phase two of re-opening Ontario. This initiative includes the re-opening of places of worship. Bishop Crosby has directed that Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton may resume the celebration of Mass as follows:
Weekday Mass – Resumes Tuesday June 16 2020 (7:00pm at St. Gregory’s)
Weekend Mass – Resumes Saturday June 20 2020 (5:00pm at St. Gregory’s)
These openings require that the parishes have put in place all of the necessary sanitation and social distancing as instructed by the public health officials. Further, the government has placed an occupancy restriction of no more than 30% (150 persons at St. Gregory’s) of normal occupancy. Over the coming days we will be working with our staff and the various ministries of the parish to ensure that we are ready to go next week. All of our liturgical parish ministries will no doubt see adjustments from the norm and these will be communicated in the following days. I am attaching a statement and a letter from our Bishop for your information.