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Restrictions on Worship Services Lifted

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All restrictions for mass have been lifted. There are no restrictions with regard to the number of people who attend. Registration is no longer necessary. People are recommended to wear masks while at mass. Communion will be given during mass and in the hand. We will slowly be introducing altar servers, communion ministers and lectors. Choirs can once again sing at mass and the con-gregation can join in singing. Sunday, July 11 will be the last day for live streaming except for Fridays at 6:30 pm. Drive up communion will end with the 1:00 pm mass on Sunday, July 11. All are welcome to attend mass in person. If anyone still feels uncomfortable in doing so one can always watch the masses transmitted on TV. If there are any particular issues with regard to these new procedures please let me know.

Fr. Richard

All church capacity limits and restrictions lift in B.C. July 1

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Story is developing and will be updated.

For many places of worship in B.C., it is welcome news.

As of July 1, all churches and other places that hold religious services can operate without COVID-19 capacity limits or restrictions.

“I am absolutely delighted that Dr. Henry has lifted all restrictions on religious gatherings and worship services,” said Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, in response to the news.

He said further information about how this will affect local Catholic churches will follow shortly.

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Statement regarding Kamloops Indian Residential School

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A classroom building of Kamloops Indian Residential School about 1950. (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Library and Archives Canada)

“For the souls of all children who died in Residential Schools far from the comforting presence of the families, and for all those who mourn their tragic deaths: we pray they find comfort and peace in the presence of our loving Lord and Saviour.”

Expression of Commitment (PDF) BC Catholic Article RCAV - Questions and Answers
Expression of Commitment
June 2, 2021
Dear First Nations governments and all Indigenous communities, families and citizens,
In light of the heartbreaking disclosure of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, I am writing to express my deep apology and profound condolences to the families and communities that have been devastated by this horrific news.  Each time new evidence of a tragedy is revealed, or another victim comes forward, countless wounds are reopened, and I know that you experience renewed suffering.
I take this opportunity to reflect upon the apology I gave publicly before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2013, words to which I remain committed and accountable: “I wish to apologize sincerely and profoundly to the survivors and their families, as well as to all those subsequently affected, for the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of those Catholics who perpetrated mistreatment of any kind in these residential schools.”  The Church was unquestionably wrong in implementing a government colonialist policy which resulted in devastation for children, families and communities.

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