Update May 7, 2021
Regarding expanded public health restrictions
See below for COVID-19 updates posted regularly.
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Mass Attendance Guidelines
St. Vital masses follow the liturgical directives and safety measures outlined by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta.
A copy of these guidelines is available on the Archdiocesan website:
Click here to open the Guidelines.
Updated Liturgy Guidelines from the Archdiocese, December 9, 2020
Additional safety measures:
Pastoral Letter Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations,
December 2, 2020
Please see December 2 pastoral letter from the bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories regarding COVID-19 vaccine development.
New Directive from the Archdiocese, Beginning August 1, 2020
Please Wear a Face Mask in Church
Alberta has seen some increased rates of COVID-19 infection, prompting some municipalities, including Edmonton and St. Albert, to pass bylaws making it mandatory to wear masks in all indoor public spaces.
The Archbishop has directed that as of August 1, masks must be worn by all congregants throughout the Mass, with these exceptions:
As before, the priest celebrant will not wear a mask during the Liturgy of the Eucharist; he will still be required to wear one before Mass, during the distribution of Holy Communion, and after the final blessing.
Lectors are permitted to remove their mask when proclaiming/reading at the ambo. They should refrain from touching the microphone.
Since the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation still applies, anyone who has difficulty or issues with wearing a mask may want to consider staying home and staying safe at this time.
It is important to note that this is a temporary measure that applies to all parishes in the Archdiocese, whether or not their local municipality has passed a mask bylaw. It will be reviewed once the Chief Medical Officer of Health updates her guidance or on December 30, whichever comes first.
The full text of this directive can be found on the archdiocesan website at https://caedm.ca/covid-parishes.
How to Receive Holy Communion
Self-Assessment of Health
Are you or any member of your household experiencing any of the following?
Do you have any of the following?
Have you traveled outside of Alberta in the last fourteen days?
What Are We to Do Without the Eucharist?
If we are unable to attend mass or receive Holy Communion, we can make a Spiritual Communion, and/or view a televised or online Mass.
Act of Spiritual Communion
This is a prayer in which we ask our Lord to come to us in the same way He would if we were able to receive the Sacrament:
I believe that You are truly present in the Holy Eucharist.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.