On March 10th, the Archdiocese of Toronto issued another memo to update parishes on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, accessible online at: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/coronavirus-update--march-10-2020
The Archdiocese of Toronto continues to work with health officials to monitor the local situation regarding active cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Cardinal Collins has asked all parishes to refrain from shaking hands at the Sign of Peace – a simple bow, nod or “peace be with you” to your neighbour is appropriate.
Our Lady of Lourdes will also continue to ensure that those distributing communion wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the distribution of communion.
We also encourage everyone to continue to practice healthy hygiene – wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer regularly, remain home if you are sick, sneeze/cough into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
For those who are unable to attend Mass, Daily TV Mass broadcasts a Mass every day on both TV and YouTube (www.dailytvmass.com).
In addition to the Archdiocese’s guidance, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish wishes to encourage you to prayerfully consider receiving communion in the hand instead of on the tongue during this time.
Regarding event cancellations/postponements, please note the following thus far (as of March 13th):
-The Volunteer Tax Clinic (Saturday, March 14th) is postponed. See separate post for details.
-The monthly Seniors Day Program is canceled for March and April (March 20th and April 17th).
Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the coronavirus. We will continue to keep you updated.