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.


A Six Part Lenten Reflection – Learning How to See
This will be like a book club but it will be centered on a podcast from the Centre for Action and Contemplation called Learning How to See. It is based on the work of Brian McLaren of the CAC faculty which looks at our biases and how to recognize them. A panel of three people from the CAC, Brian McLaren, Rev. Jacqui Lewis and Fr. Richard Rohr reflect on topics related to each of the biases.
We are using this as a Lenten reflection as Jesus often calls people to have eyes to see. The word metanoia, often translated as repentance, literally means to ‘change your way of thinking’ or change your heart.
You may listen to the podcast before but it will not be necessary as each session will begin with one episode of the podcast, 30 to 40 minutes long, and follow with sharing and reflection.
We will meet every other Saturday starting on Jan 30, 2021 with the last session being on Good Friday morning, April 2. Each session will run from 10 am until 11:30 am.
Notes will be shared in advance so the only thing to do is to listen and share.
Please send an email to the parish office or through the contact form on this website if interested.

Dates of group sharing:
Part 1: Why Can’t We See?
Saturday, Jan 30 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Part 2: Seeing is a Social Act
Saturday, Feb 13 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Part 3: Seeing is Political
Saturday, Feb 27 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Part 4: What Authoritarian Leaders See
Saturday, Mar 13 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Part 5: What You Focus On Determines What You Miss
Saturday, Mar 27 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Part 6: Seeing, Doubt, Contemplation and Action
Good Friday Apr 2 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Link to the podcast

An Interpretive Journey Through Mark  You are invited  to join a reading group that is  proposed  over 10 weeks starting the third week of January 2021.
We would be reading the whole of the Gospel According to Mark, which is generally held to be the first written story about Jesus and the good news he proclaimed.  If you are interested in joining this group or would like more information, please send an email to the parish office or through the contact form on this website. 

Zoom and See: The Courage to Walk in the Footsteps of the Apostles
Hearing and answering God’s call is not always easy. The OMI Lacombe Canada Vocation Team is ready to accompany inquirers and discerners as they search for how Christ is inviting them to follow Him. If you are a young Catholic man (18-40 years of age), who is a Canadian resident and are interested in Oblate religious and missionary life, we invite you to “Zoom and See” on January 25, 2021 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time.
More info: 
You will have an opportunity to meet the Vocation Team, to learn about the mission and charism of the Oblates, especially from the Canadian perspective. There will be also some time for virtual fellowship and Q&A.


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.

CURRENT MASS SCHEDULE:   We will continue to have 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 new 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.

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:

Links to Masses and other resources from around the world:

Information on making a Spiritual Communion and updated suggestions for Mass on TV/Internet on the Archdiocese’s website:   

During this period of COVID-19, a group of intercessors will pray for your intentions.

Find Spiritual Communion here.

There are a variety of different Acts of Contrition suggested in the Rite of Penance. Here are a few of them.

These resources and others can be found under our Resources tab.