Re-opening of our parish church
You may have heard that the Quebec government has authorized the
reopening of places of worship as of June 22, now permitting public
gatherings of up to 50 people.
In addition, we have recently received guidelines from the Archdiocese
regarding the steps to take in order to reopen our church in a safe,
While the procedures suggested by the Archdiocese will be our guide to
re-opening, like all parishes, we face our own challenges and need to
adopt our own timeline for welcoming parishioners back, while
respecting the guidelines. Be assured that our first priority will be to
ensure your personal safety by implementing the necessary health and
At this stage, our pastoral team is accessing how to implement the safety
guidelines in keeping with the needs, resources and character of our
The guidelines also recommend a gradual re-opening, beginning with
making the church available for private personal prayer and offering the
Sacrament of Reconciliation, before conducting public services.
Please be assured that we will make every effort to keep you informed
of our plan of action, using the communications means available to St.
Augustine of Canterbury Parish.
If you are able to join our volunteer team that will prepare the
reopening and maintaining of our church for public access, please
Adjusting to life under the threat of COVID-19 during these past few
months has not been easy for any of us. But despite our physical
separation from one another, I remain confident and united to you in
spiritual communion. Thank you for your ongoing generous support and
co-operation as we begin our phase of gradual “Reopening.”