Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Grafton, Ontario
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Sunday Mass Schedule

  • Saturday 5:00 PM
  • Sunday 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
  • Weekdays: please check the bulletin




Office Hours

  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Telephone No: (905) 349-2504
  • Email: bvm.grafton@bellnet.ca





Step One of the Reopening Strategy

Premier Doug Ford announced yesterday that Step One of the Reopening Strategy begins at 12:01 am on Friday, June 11th, 2021 - the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

As of Friday - these provisions will apply as follows:

  • The capacity for indoor religious services, rites, and ceremonies including weddings is limited to 15% capacity of the church.
  • Outdoors religious services, rites, and ceremonies including weddings are permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Drive-In religious services continue in accordance with the legislation.
  • Parish halls remain closed during Step One.
  • Funeral services and visitations (regulated by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario) have new restrictions starting on Friday, June 11th:

               Indoors – Maximum of 15 percent capacity of a particular room to a maximum of 50 attendees in the entire facility

               Outdoors – Two metres physical distancing to a maximum of 50 attendees

The health precautions pertaining to the wearing of face masks, physical distancing and handwashing/cleaning, etc. remain in effect.

Let us continue to keep each other in prayer.  

 

THREE STEP REOPENING PLAN FOR THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

The steps for the plan are listed below.  The timelines are approximate, but the government has announced that each step will last for at least 21 days unless the metric listed below is achieved earlier.

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT 

THREE STEP REOPENING PLAN 

(Announced May 20, 2021) 

 

Before Step 1 

 

May 20 to 

June 14, 2021 

 

 

Step 1 

 

~ June 14 and next 21 days 

 

Step 2 

 

~ Next 21 days 

 

Step 3 

 

~ Next 21 days 

 

Metric 

60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose. 

Metric 

70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two 

doses. 

 

Metric 

70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses. 

Places of Worship -  

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies  

(Does not apply to receptions)  

 

Max. 10 persons indoors  

 

Max 10 people permitted outdoors 

Places of Worship -  

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies  

(Does not apply to receptions)  

 

Max. 10 indoors  

 

Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing 

Places of Worship -  

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies  

(Does not apply to receptions)  

 

Indoor permitted at 15% capacity   

 

Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing 

Places of Worship -  

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies  

(Does not apply to receptions)  

 

Larger indoor services, rites, and ceremonies 

 

Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing 

 

Churches have been diligent in their care and the exercise of health precaution measures.  The Three Step Reopening Plan is disappointing for churches.  It was hoped that at Step 1, churches would progress beyond the cap of 10 persons.  To that end, there will be further dialogue with the locals MPPs and the provincial government.  Information will be shared with the clergy and faithful as it becomes available.

In the meantime, the Churches and Missions will continue to limit the attendance to 10 people (including the celebrant and liturgical ministers.)

Let us continue to pray for all of those impacted by the pandemic and to hold each other in our prayers.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough continues to broadcast the Sunday Mass on its YouTube channel:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough, located in the central east zone of Ontario, is led by His Excellency Most Reverend Bishop Miehm, D.D. The Diocese of Peterborough was first established ...








Live-streaming of the Mass for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time



The Mass for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time will be live-streamed from the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021.   The Mass will be available thereafter on the YouTube channel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough.



Please join in prayer by clicking on the link below:







 

Links:

Worship Safe Reopening Plan

Worship Safe Summary

How to Worship Safely video

Face mask

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2021

The 2021 theme – "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit."  (John 15:5-9) – calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in the church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. Grafted into Christ the vine as many diverse branches, may we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.

Please click the link below for some resources from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to prepare for the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 next week: