Mask policy (July 2020)

Policy Requiring the Use of Masks within Canadian Martyrs Church

As of Tuesday, July 7th, a face mask is required for all while within the public space of Canadian Martyrs Church.

Please see below for the policy following the instructions issued by the Ottawa Office of Public Health, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

Policy Instructions:

  1. Every Operator of an Enclosed Public Space (i.e. Canadian Martyrs Church) shall adopt a policy to ensure that no member of the public is permitted to enter or remain in the public areas of the Enclosed Public Space (i.e. the public, main body of the church) unless they are wearing a mask in a manner that covers their nose, mouth and chin.
  • This does not apply to:

a) Children under two years of age, or children under the age of five years

either chronologically or developmentally who refuse to wear a Mask and

cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;

b) Individuals with medical conditions rendering them unable to safely wear a

Mask, including breathing difficulties or cognitive difficulties;

c) Individuals who are unable to apply or remove a mask without assistance,

including those who are accommodated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) or who have protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.19, as amended;

d) A person who is employed (Sacristan, Custodian, Clergy) by or is an agent (i.e. volunteer) of the Canadian Martyrs Church and:

i. is in an area of the premises that is not designated for public

access (i.e. the Sacristy)

  • Implementation of the policy should be enacted and enforced in ‘good faith’ and should be primarily used as a means to educate people on Mask use in public spaces.
  • No person shall be required to provide proof of any of the exemptions set out in Section Two (2) above.
  • The policy:

a) exempts the persons set out in Section 2 from the obligation of wearing a Mask;

b) will be given to all persons working or volunteering at Canadian Martyrs Church either electronically or physically (or both);

c) requires that employees and volunteers wear a Mask when working in the

public areas of Canadian Martyrs Church (i.e. the main body of church);

d) requires that employees and volunteers provide a verbal reminder to any

person entering the premises without a Mask that the person should be

wearing a Mask as a result of the policy;

e) requires, for persons in Canadian Martyrs Church removing their Mask for extended periods of time, a verbal reminder of the requirement to wear a Mask as a result of the policy;

f) permits the temporary removal of a Mask where necessary for the purpose


  1. consuming the Eucharist in the species of the consecrated host
  2. for any emergency or medical purpose
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and exits for the use of all persons entering or exiting the church.
  • Upon request, the Parish Office or the Pastor or his delegate shall provide a copy of this policy to a Public Health Inspector or other person authorized to enforce the provisions of the EMPCA.


Catholic Education Week 2021 begins on Sunday, May 2, 2021.  This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.”
Each day, we can do simple activities, individually or as a family, to act on the hope that dwells within us.  Suggestions for simple activities to reinforce hope for ourselves and others:  Suggested-Family-Activities-for-Nurturing-Hope.  

Easter 2021 Family Newsletter: This issue focuses on Easter and the Easter season. We hope you and your families find it helpful.

March 26, 2021

You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee;
there you will see him, just as he told you. (Mark 16, 6-7)

I retain three key messages in this passage from the Gospel of Saint Mark, read at the Easter Vigil. First of all, just when the women thought they were entering the world of death, since they were going to embalm the body of Jesus in the tomb, they are told great news: Jesus has risen! What a surprise! For God, nothing is impossible. In the midst of our distress, our suffering, our darkness, the risen Christ reveals himself to us even today. 
Not having had the chance to study the case, to verify the facts, to see for themselves that Jesus had really risen, they are immediately sent as messengers of the Good News. We too are messengers of the Good News, given the same mission as these women. Moved by the Spirit, let us not hesitate to be bearers of the joy of the Gospel. Let us not wait to have all
the answers to our questions to witness to our faith.
The third key message is more subtle but carries great hope. “He goes before you into Galilee.” “Galilee” is the place where the disciples live, it is their “home”. The good news of the resurrection will be announced to them on their own ground. Jesus goes before them and meets them in their living and working environment, in all the events of their daily lives.
Jesus also meets us in our own “Galilee”, where we are physically, but also spiritually. He does not wait for us to be perfect Christians to enter a relationship with us. He goes before us every moment, here and now, and walks with us, as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Will we be able to recognize him and be witnesses of his transforming presence?
Happy Easter!
Please continue to pray for me, as I do for you.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Please check out our weekly bulletin (available here on our website under the Bulletins etc. tab) for events happening in our church and surrounding area. 

Please register with the church if you would like to receive our weekly emails with our bulletin and weekend Mass registration information.


Due to the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order, we will not be having in-person Masses. Please join us for our Sunday Liturgy of the Word via Zoom at 11:15am.  

REGISTRATION FOR WEEKEND MASSES: The email with the link for weekend Mass tickets will be sent out on Mondays (when we are not in lockdown). The link will remain available until the end of the day on Wednesdays. This gives us time to prepare the church and a seating charts for the Masses.

SEATING IN THE CHURCH:  Due to maintaining social distancing, our seating is limited to 50 people. (With physical distancing, the church can seat 32 unrelated individuals or a maximum of 56 related people–e.g. 14 families of 4.)

Remember:  Mask, Sanitizer, Self-Assess!

Please register with the church if you would like to receive our weekly emails.

SUNDAY LITURGY OF THE WORD:  Please find in the weekly bulletin email the Zoom link for Sunday Liturgy of the Word and the link to the Google Doc where you can sign up to be a lector.

3pm Monday: Christian Meditation
8pm Tuesday: Lectio Divina and Meditation
6:30pm Thursday: Evening Prayer
11:15am Sunday: Liturgy of the Word
Please contact the office if you would like to join any of these sessions.

DONATIONS TO THE CHURCH:  Our parish still needs funds to cover recurrent expenses such as heat, electricity and salaries of essential staff and  expenses such as hand sanitizer, masks and cleaning supplies. If you wish to donate to the church, you can through Canada Helps using a credit card on the secure link at or drop your donation cheque in our mailbox or mail it to us at 100 Main St., Ottawa, On. K1S 1C2. If you are able to come to Mass, there will be a donation basket available as you enter the church.

Online Masses in Ottawa

A list of Catholic parishes in Ottawa that are live streaming or recording their Masses can be found at:

St. Joe’s parish reflections, Liturgy of the Word and music:

Masses from St. Edward’s Church Toronto:

Oblate parishes with live streams of Masses: 

St. Augustine’s Parish, Vancouver:

Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Enoch, AB:

Sacred Heart in Edmonton: Facebook page.

St. Patrick’s, Hamilton, On.:

Oblate Resources:

Resources including Spiritual Communion