08 April 2021 – Church Attendance Restrictions

Dear Parishioners

The Health Authorities’ restriction of the faithful attendance in our church continues to be maximum 25 persons. For now, it seems that the persons who help and participate in the mass service are not included in the 25 persons.

Funeral will take place with maximum 25 persons

Baptism will take place with maximum 25 persons.

Weddings will  not performed till further notice.

The office is closed, but telephone messages are monitored.

Each one of us must understand that it will be not easy to not allow some persons to enter the church after the maximum capacity is reached, on first-come first served basis. Once the limit is reached, only person to light a candle (one at a time) can enter the church.

We recommend parishioners to attend the divine liturgy every 3 weeks, so that more parishioners can attend at least once every 2-3 weeks.

Please be polite to the volunteers and security personnel at the church entrance who’s responsibility is to follow the Health Authorities and Government Guidelines by controlling the allowed number persons inside the Church.

Persons who would like to just light a candle and leave, can enter one-at-a-time.

Persons who would like to have communion must wait outside in their cars until the people from inside exit.

When memorial services are to be performed (mnimosyno or trisagio) we ask the family to limit the persons attendance to maximum 2 persons. It maybe possible to have a mnimosino on Saturday morning or after the Sunday mass, with only the family and relatives, but it must be arranged with Father Lambros.

Persons who attend a mnimosyno service at 12 noon must wait outside or in their cars, until the church is empty, at which time they will be allowed in. Please do not congregate in groups outside the church or in the parking area. Please stay in the cars or keep 2 m distance and wear mask at all times.

If the restrictions continue, we may be scheduling attendance of parishioners on alternative days, so that more persons are given the chance to attend the mass and have communion and avoid the situation where someone comes to church but finds out that he/she cannot get in. It is also suggested that persons enter the church, light a candle, stay for 10 minutes and they leave right after to allow another person to come in.

All persons must wear a medical or surgical mask, disinfect their hands as they enter the church and provide their name and telephone number.

Mask must be worn at all time while inside the church. Disinfectant is available to clean hands while a person enters and leaves the church. Please avoid from kissing icons and limit the touching anything to minimum.

Family members living at the same house can seat together, but it is important that the next person must be a safe 2-meter distance. Everybody is responsible to maintain the 2-meter distance from anybody that does not live in the same house.

Please use exact change at the Candles counter, to limit hand exchanges of money.

Refrain from kissing or touching icons and just bow in front of them.

Once inside the church, sit at one of the designated seats, keep wearing the mask, and ensure you maintain a distance of 2 m with any person around you.

Communion is given at the end of the divine liturgy. Those who would like to have communion, line-up for the side corridors (right & left), keeping distance marked on the floor and procced to have communion. Antidoro will be given by designated volunteers at church exit (Narthex Area).

The liturgy will be transmitted live-streamed in our Facebook.

While living the church maintain distance, avoid personal contact, chit-chatting and exit the church at once, so that others waiting outside are given the opportunity to come into the church for communion or to attend next memorial service.

We will keep you posted.

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church Parish

and Greek Community of West Island Organization