St. Martin de Porres Parish
4720 Castle Road
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Mass at St. Martin's
New Directives - a letter from the Archbishop
We've received a letter from the Archbishop giving more detail about the stipulations and restrictions that parishes must operate under even as the number of people allowed at Mass is increased. Key notes are available on our COVID-19 Considerations page.
You can also watch it on YouTube, as Bishop Don's Weekly Message for June 18, 2020.
Update: Phase 3 of Saskatchewan's Re-opening, as pertains to Religious Celebrations
We are still living in a very unusual time as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are luckier in Saskatchewan than people are in other parts of the country and the world. We are now in the midst of a time where we are starting to loosen the restrictions of the last few months. As a result, our parish has started to celebrate Mass again with a limited capacity and with strict guidelines to follow. It is good to get our family together to celebrate the Eucharist.
Beginning June 8:
30 people, including the priest, will be able to attend each Mass. Masses will continue to be held Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m., and Tuesday – Friday at 8 a.m. We will no longer have sign-ups. Instead, Mass attendance will be on a first come, first served basis. When you enter the church, you will be asked to write your name down. Once 29 people have arrived, the doors will be locked.
The office will be open Monday and Thursday mornings. If you need to go to the office, please practice all social distancing guidelines.
If you have any questions, Alison will be in the office Monday, June 8, in the morning, or you can email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The June News in the Pews is here!
Minutes of the Liturgy Committee meeting regarding the slow re-opening of the parish. The Minutes include a list of protocols for parishioners and others at mass, beginning May 30. The list is included on the COVID-19 Considerations page.
Also: "The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will remain in place during this time when numbers are restricted by government and health authorities."
More information can be found to the right under Weekly Mass Times, and on the COVID-19 Considerations page.
Helping Each Other
Please check out our new Parish Community page, an effort to keep the community together. We'll try to keep it up to date as items come in.
Support St. Martin's Parish
Through this difficult time, St. Martin's Parish still needs your support. Please remember to continue your donations.
During this time of social isolation, let's care for each other by connecting with others who might be lonely with a phone call. Let's spread Jesus' love as far and wide as we can.
Father Peter encourages parishioners to call him at 306-586-0060 for spiritual guidance.
Father Peter Pham: Pastor
Sarah Possberg and Alison Sander: Office Administrators
Act of Spiritual Communion
Weekly Mass Times
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(August 9, 2020)
Tuesday to Friday - 8 a.m.
Saturday - 5 p.m.
Sunday - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Beginning September 13, there will be one Sunday Mass at 10 a.m.
Note that only 29 parishioners will be allowed each Mass. Parishioners will be allowed inside the church on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open half an hour before mass and the Ushers will take your name as you arrive. Once 29 parishioners have arrived, the church doors will be closed. You can now use either entrance, but be sure to follow the guidelines below. The front washrooms will be open for emergencies.
The Archdiocese has provided guidelines in a letter from Archbishop Donald Bolen. We have also assured the Saskatchewan Health Authority that we will be following these guidelines:
Sanitize your hands after you enter.
Maintain a distance of 2 metres between family groups.
Use bathrooms only as necessary.
Stay home if you are feeling unwell (fever, runny nose, cough, upset stomach, etc.)
Other restrictions will be in place, as can be seen on the COVID-19 Consideration page.
And, much like any other public place, we ask you to self-assess before entering the church. A checklist can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website.
This is a difficult time, and we ask for your understanding as we try to work through this together. Despite all this protocol and red tape, we are very excited to invite you back to celebrate mass together, and we look forward to seeing members of our community again! We are Easter people full of hope!
Please join Father Peter spiritually in the day's Mass Intentions, whether you are able to attend Mass that day or not.
Though restricted masses will now be held, the Archbishop's dispensation is still in force:
"Further, in keeping with the Code of Canon Law no. 87, I grant to all the Catholic faithful dispensation from their Sunday obligation until further notice." - Archbishop Don Bolen
For those unable to attend mass due to scheduling or other restrictions, other mass options include:
Resurrection Parish Livestream - daily and Sunday masses
Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Daily Mass (click on YouTube at the bottom of the video if you prefer to watch it on YouTube.)
Rosary and Adoration - Livestreamed on YouTube from Christ the King Parish each weekday at 1 p.m.
Find information on COVID-19 considerations in the Archdiocese on their website.
During this time of patience, reconciliation will be done only by appointment. Please contact Father Peter at 306-586-0060 to make arrangements.
The church office will be closed until further notice beginning Wednesday, March 18 at Noon. Messages and emails will be check periodically.
Beginning immediately, no gatherings of any size are to take place at St. Martin's until further notice (the AGM is being postponed).
Prayers to all for well being and health.
More information, including the latest letter from the Archbishop, can be found on our COVID-19 Considerations page.
Regarding Racism in our Society and a Call for Respect and Caring, a letter from the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan, has been released. An article was written about this in the Catholic Saskatoon News, called Saskatchewan Catholic bishops’ letter addresses the scourge of racism.
The first announcement of clergy moves and appointments for the coming pastoral move has been released. Further announcements are forthcoming.
Congratulations to Father Brian Meredith who has been named a second Vicar General for the Archdiocese!
Because of the Covid crisis, personnel moves this year (with a couple of exceptions) will take place on Oct. 1 or as soon as possible after that date. Moves will be announced in the coming weeks.
We look forward to welcoming Fr. Clement Amofah to serve in the Archdiocese of Regina as of August 1, 2020. Fr. Clement comes from the Diocese of Obuasi in Ghana, and has served for the last 12 years in the Diocese of Saskatoon.
Beginning June 8, the Parish Office will be opened on Monday and Thursday mornings. If our office personnel are needed, please call the office (306-586-5655) and leave a message, and we will arrange a safe way to assist you.
Roof Repairs: Earlier this year the roof over the parish office began to leak very badly to the point where the front office and photocopy room were not usable. Work to repair the roof will begin as soon as the required approval from the Archdiocese has been received. We need to have this done before the winter.
Finances: The Finance Council continues to keep a close eye on our financial situation. Please continue to remember our parish’s financial needs and we sincerely thank you for your continued support. Information on ways to support the parish can be found on our Donations page.
Request for help: The Archdiocese is looking for Good Samaritans who would be willing to run errands, as needed, for those who are ill or quarantined. More information on our COVID-19 Considerations page.
The Archdiocese and St. Martin's mourn the loss of Rev. Msgr. Michael John Hogan, P.A. 1919 - 2020. Please continue to pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr Hogan.
In his memory, we've posted a video interview he gave in 2010 for the Year for Priests.
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"We, the Catholic Community of St. Martin de Porres,
centered in the Eucharist, continue to be called to live Gospel values through
love, acceptance, praise and service in keeping with our tradition of social justice."