January 07, 2021

COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

Dear Parishioners,

Today, the current Provincial Health Orders instituted back on November 19, 2020, has now been extended a third term up until February 8, 2021, by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry upon further review to significantly reduce and bend the curve on COVID-19. All worship suspensions and limited-service restrictions for funerals, weddings, baptisms and Holy Communion drive-thru services continue to remain the same.

As a community, let's do our part to flatten the curve on COVID-19. Please reach out to your loved ones, your family and friends through a traditional phone call or a virtual chat. We have the technology in many means to keep in touch more than ever! Please stay home and keep your trips essential. Protect yourselves by sanitizing and wearing a mask.   Be kind and be patient with one another. The sacrifices we make today will bring us together sooner tomorrow with our families and friends while rejoicing in spiritual celebration. Be safe, brothers and sisters in God’s grace.

Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to this website and other means of communications from our parish. 

Our Lady of Fatima, Vancouver Team


December 07, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Today, by the order and direction of Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry as last stated on November 19, 2020, has now been extended up until January 8, 2021, upon further review to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmissions related to social interactions. All worship suspensions and limited-service restrictions for funerals, weddings and baptisms all still remain the same with the added drive-thru religious services. Click here to see what drive-thru services are available at this parish.

Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to this website and other means of communications from our parish. 

Our Lady of Fatima, Vancouver Team


November 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Sadly, today new public health orders have been put in place to continue the combat on the spread of COVID-19.  From November 19, 2020, to December 7, 2020, upon review, mass services will be suspended with the exception of some services with limited restrictions. Below you will find the latest information released by the Archdiocese of Vancouver with links to the new public health orders, a letter announcement by Archbishop Michael Miller and brief facts on the services available with limited restrictions shared from the COVID-19 provincial support website.

Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to this website and other means of communications from our parish. 

Our Lady of Fatima, Vancouver Team


In-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended (Nov 19, 2020)

The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Vancouver remains committed to doing its part to help stem the tide of this pandemic by following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s new public health orders.

"I am saddened," stated Archbishop J. Michael Miller, "that the celebration of Mass with a congregation, comfort and strength to so many, has to be suspended at this time. Most of our parishes are already livestreaming Mass, and I encourage the faithful to participate in this way.”

Our churches will remain open for private prayer and individual Confession. Funerals, weddings and baptisms will continue to be celebrated with no more than 10 people.

If we act with determination now to decrease the spread of the virus, we hope that we will be able to celebrate Christmas joyfully and with greater participation.


Suspension of Holy Mass Celebrated in Public

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

After today’s Provincial Health Order from Dr. Bonnie Henry, and with considerable sadness, I must direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Friday, November 20 and until further notice, are to be offered without a public congregation. This directive likewise applies to other liturgical services as well as to social activities and gatherings held in church facilities. The new order from the Ministry states: “In-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended under the order. For example: Do not attend a church, synagogue or mosque service.”

It is important to note that Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may all still go ahead, but with restrictions on attendees: “Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant. Receptions associated with funeral, wedding or baptism receptions are not allowed at any location.”

Wherever possible – that is, whenever the health and safety of the community can be scrupulously attended to – churches may remain open for private prayer, Adoration and individual Confession.

“The order is in effect from November 19, 2020, at midnight to December 7, 2020, at midnight,” although it may be extended beyond that point.

I fully understand that this is a difficult measure to have to take, especially on such short notice, and I am aware of the strain this will put on pastors and parishioners alike. From today’s order, it seems that religious institutions are not being treated with the same consideration regarding the number present at religious gatherings compared to that at secular indoor gatherings. While this is very disappointing, we are called to be beacons of light to the community at large and must do our part in a spirit of sacrificial love for our neighbours.

Further communication may come in the next days to help clarify the situation regarding other events or activities.

With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families as we weather this new trial, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver


Religious Gatherings and Worship Services

In-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended under the order. For example:
 

  • Do not attend a church, synagogue or mosque service

Religious services can continue using remote or virtual attendance options, like Zoom, Skype, Facebook or Youtube.


Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms

Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant.
 

Receptions associated with funeral, wedding or baptism receptions are not allowed at any location, that includes:
 

  • Inside or outside homes
  • Any public or community-based venues