By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News
As the Christian Church celebrates the most holy days of the year — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter — parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon are among the local churches dealing with celebrating in a time of pandemic.
Catholic parishes are complying with public health orders to keep worship gatherings at 30 per cent of building capacity or 150 persons, whichever is less, along with implementing all other policies related to contact tracing, cleaning procedures, distancing, masks, etc.
The faithful are asked to check with individual Catholic parishes about registering to attend any celebration in person — at this point, most of the in-person opportunities for worship are filling up quickly (find contact information for parishes at rcdos.ca ).
Even with additional services added, many thousands of Catholics will NOT be able to attend in person, therefore celebrations are also being live-streamed and shared via social media and websites, including the diocesan live-streaming website saskatoonmass.com.
The live-stream schedule includes celebrations with Bishop Hagemoen presiding will include:
- Holy Thursday Mass of Our Lord’s Supper – April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
- Good Friday Solemn Liturgy – April 2 at 3:00 p.m.
- Easter Vigil Mass – April 3 at 9:00 p.m.
- Easter Morning Mass – April 4 at 10:00 a.m.