Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. The ban, imposed on all faithful Catholics of the Archdiocese of Edmonton by our authorities, of attending any masses will be lifted on Monday the 1st of June. Deo Gratias.
This is indeed joyful news. However, in order to resume public masses, there are many restrictions that we will need to abide by and some are pretty dour.
Below you can find the links to His Grace’s letter as well as the News Release. Or you can click here and here. And here is the guidelines.
Public Masses, then, like those before the time we hung up our instruments on the willows in the midst thereof, before the time of Covid-19, seem to still be far off. And thus our chastening will continue for a while longer and we shall continue to weep remembering Sion.
The two main restrictions will obviously be the maximum number of people that will be able to attend mass as well as the prohibition of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue, which in our case means that communion will not be distributed at all. This is how, for now, we will sing the song of the Lord in a strange land.
There will be at most 50 faithful at each mass. This is in accordance with the exaction of the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services. I will be able to say 3 masses on Sundays (which is the maximum a priest can celebrate in a single day). Most likely this means that you will be able to attend mass on Sunday once every 2 Sundays, if we assume our congregation to still be about 300 in number as in the beginning of the year. But in these evil times that will probably not be. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee.
Dear faithful be strong. God is Good always. Remember that he is a good father who punishes his children. So like we pray in Psalm 136, let us make Jerusalem the beginning of our joy. Always.
Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem: Who say: Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. O daughter of Babylon, miserable: blessed shall he be who shall repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us. Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock.
NEWS RELEASE ON THE RESUMPTION OF MASSES
ARCHBISHOP SMITH'S LETTER ON A GRADUAL RETURN TO PUBLICLY CELEBRATED MASS
GUIDELINES ON STAGE 1 REINTRODUCTION OF PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS OF MASS