UPDATES - COVID-19
The World Health Organization has declared the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus a pandemic. The situation is constantly developing and is having an impact on our liturgies and programming.
Following the announcements of Premier Ford and after consultation with Bishop Fabbro and the administration of Revera, we have begun reopening our parish for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Our schedule for masses will be celebrated on Sundays at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and at 5:00 pm. All of these celebrations will take place in The Chapel at Windermere on the Mount.
Seating is limited. Attendance at Mass will require registration each week through Eventbrite (REGISTER FOR MASS HERE) or by calling the office for assistance. This is necessary to ensure compliance with the occupancy regulation and to notify those in attendance should a future outbreak occur. Once registered, please arrive early to check in.
VACCINATION REQUIRED: Please be advised that it is now expected that those 12-years-old and older who are attending Mass at Christ the King University Parish be fully vaccinated. This is in alignment with King's University College's vaccine policy which we must follow.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
Physical distancing protocols remain in effect.
NEW PROCEDURE: You will now be asked to provide an individual name, e-mail address and vaccination status for each person in your household who will be attending.
To help our parish adhere to the current capacity limit and to aid in potential contact tracing, you are kindly asked to register for only those Masses that you are planning on attending.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe.
Bishop Fabbro's Statement on the Importance of Getting Vaccinated
Getting vaccinated is a matter of personal choice, but we need to pay attention to the directives and instruction of health officials. In matters of conscience, we are morally obligated to do our best to inform our conscience well based on the Church’s teaching.
On 21 December 2020, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), in an instruction approved by Pope Francis, addressed the matter of the morality of the vaccination. People might be exempt from getting vaccinated on medical or religious grounds. Some may say that they cannot take the vaccine because fetal tissues were used in the development or testing of the vaccines.
CDF made it clear that “religious grounds” are not a reason to forego the vaccine. The Congregation, and the Holy Father on various occasions, emphasized, instead, the value of the vaccine to help stop the spread of the virus and the pandemic itself. They appeal to the faithful to take action for the sake of the common good. “The morality of the vaccination”, the statement of CDF reads, “depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.”
The complete statement on vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is found at this link.
A Catholic Ethicist's Viewpoint
Dr. Moira McQueen, a well-known and well-respected ethicist in Toronto, is a consultant for the Canadian Bishops and one of the leading ethicists in the world. She points out that we are duty-bound as Catholics to know the scientific facts and the moral facts. She and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also point out that in the face of the threat of grave evil and without an alternative vaccine, it is important for us to take the vaccine for the sake of the common good.
Dr. McQueen was interviewed by “America Media”, an online Jesuit publication, the video recording of which can be found at this link.
The Office of Campus Ministry and Christ the King Parish are operating virtually. As we hold the community in prayer, we will try to respond to any pastoral needs and emergencies that present themselves.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed should there be any changes. The following information has been forwarded to those who have registered emails with us:
- ADVISORY - Liturgy and Program Changes
- Diocesan Update - March 17, 2020
- Bishop Fabbro Message about Covid-19 and Call to Prayer
- UPDATE - Liturgy and Programming - April 3, 2020
- Diocesan Update - May 21, 2020
- Diocesan Update - June 8, 2020
- Christ the King University Parish Reopening - June 17, 2020
- Triduum Update
- Suspension of In-person Mass during the Stay-at-home Order
Prayer and Reflection Resources
During this time, we want to offer you prayer resources to nourish your own personal prayer or to help pray with others in your home.
RESOURCES FOR THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION WITH GENERAL ABSOLUTION
- Letter from Bishop Fabbro on General Absolution
- Reflection by Pope Benedict XVI on Penance
- Sacrament of Reconciliation: A Theological and Pastoral Reflection (CCCB)
- Preparation Notes for the Rite of General Absolution
- Service of Penance and Reconciliation
PRAYING TOGETHER, PRAYING APART: At-Home Prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death
- The COVID-19 virus forces us to grapple with a difficult reality. Amid self-isolation and “stay-at-home” orders, an increasing number of people are experiencing sickness and death separated from other people. This resource, prepared by Liturgical Press, strives to offer some concrete ways to pray, heal, and grieve together when we are physically apart.
- Click HERE to access the resource
SPANISH LANGUAGE PRAYER RESOURCES