The Diocesan Pastoral Council is the diocesan equivalent of the Parish Pastoral Council, and both have as their ideal the greater involvement of the laity in the life of the Christian community. The Diocese is divided into four deaneries, East, Central, West and North. The Cathedral Parish belongs to the Central Deanery. Each Deanery has a Commission, composed of representatives from all its parishes, which meets four times a year under the Chairmanship of an elected member.
The Diocesan Pastoral Council is in effect the umbrella organization for these Commissions. The liaison between the Commissions and the Diocesan Council is the Advisory Board, which consists of two representatives of each Commission (usually the Chair and Vice-Chair), with certain ex officio members such as the Archbishop, the Chancellor of the Diocese, and representatives of the larger communities of Sisters. The Advisory Board also meets four times a year, and prepares the two occasions on which all the members of all the Commissions meet together – namely, the Annual General Meeting, at which the Archbishop makes his report, and the Annual Retreat.
The Parish’s representative on the Diocesan Council is appointed either from among the elected members of the Parish Councilor from among parishioners in general, in which latter case (s)he becomes an ex officio member of the Parish Council for as long as (s)he represents the Parish (normally for three years).
Parish Representative: Sergio Valconi, email@example.com
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. A primary objective is to achieve individual and collective spiritual development by praying and working together for the Church and the community. Membership in the C.W.L. provides an opportunity to meet and share ideas and experiences with women from other parishes at diocesan and provincial meetings and educational events. In addition, the C.W.L. has a voice in Parliament − the national president meets with the Prime Minister and other Ministers every year.
For more information see the website of the national organization: http://www.cwl.ca
Some of the initiatives the C.W.L. is involved with in this parish include: fundraising for Church and community needs; hosting first communion and confirmation receptions; assisting youth with registration and travel expenses to church-related events; giving crucifixes to couples married in the Cathedral; providing an honour guard for deceased C.W.L. members at their funerals; offering monthly mass intentions for C.W.L. members of our parish; offering an annual mass for deceased C.W.L. members of our parish; sending mass, get well, sympathy, special birthday and anniversary cards to C.W.L. members of our parish.
Women from our parish, of all ages and backgrounds, are invited to become members. Meetings are monthly from September to May, with some exceptions, either following the noon mass or in the evening. The meetings always have a spiritual, a business and a social component. Anyone requiring transportation should contact the President.
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who work for God and country. The local chapter, #728, is shared between the St. Mary’s, Holy Family and St. John’s parishes.
Second Tuesday of the month
7:00 PM at the Parish Centre
The Chief medical Health Officer of Kingston has ordered that Masks must be worn at all places we gather indoors. That includes us here at the cathedral. We can’t supply everyone with a mask so please come with one. We would have a limited supply available for a loonie at the entrance of the cathedral.
Please read and observe the six key principles outlined below.
1) The key principle is that we come to Mass to worship God. Out of justice and exercising the virtue of religion we must give God what is God’s due. That quite simply is worship, adoration and praise. Thus, the absolute essentials of Mass will be included so that the Sacramental praise of God will take place and we will be exposed to one another for as brief a time as possible.
2) The second key principle is that the health and safety of parishioners, staff and clergy here at St. Mary’s are essential and require our utmost concern and attention. Therefore, the dispensation from the obligation to come to Sunday Mass by Archbishop Mulhall continues to be in effect. Those who are sick, elderly or have other critical health concerns should not come at this time. However, that is left to your discretion. Should you make the choice to come, knowing the risks, you are most welcome.
3) The underlying principle of all of our restrictions in isolating, physically distancing, wearing masks etc. is the common good as we live out the Lord’s commission to “love one another.” We are to care for each other and at this time we are called to be as prudent and careful as we can to protect the health of everyone else and ourselves.
4) The principle for the next few weeks will be brevity. The received scientific wisdom is that the virus spreads within groups who spend a prolonged period of time together. Therefore, we will be reducing the Mass to the bare essentials.
5) Singing is considered more dangerous than speaking so you are asked to please not sing at all throughout the Mass. I will not be singing either.
6) If you have any sickness, are elderly or have a critical illness you should remain at home. The dispensation from the obligation to come to Mass continues through this time of 30% capacity. Of course, if you choose to come you will not be turned away. We will continue to live- stream the Masses until we are back to a more normal arrangement.
PROCEDURAL NORMS FOR
THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
The Chief medical Health Officer has ordered that Masks must be worn at all places we gather indoors. That includes us here at the cathedral. We can’t supply everyone with a mask so please come with one. We would have a limited supply available for a loonie at the entrance of the cathedral.
We will pray a shorter Penitential Rite.
The Gloria will be said not sung. There is to be no singing by the congregation during the Mass. Only by a cantor or as we have today a physically distanced choir in the choir loft…3 metres apart.
We will only have one reading followed by the Psalm
The second reading will be omitted.
The choir will sing the Alleluia on Sundays. During the week it will be omitted. Please do not join in.
A very brief (3-4 minute) homily will follow.
The Creed will not be prayed.
There will be no petitions. Please prepare your own petitions and offer them in your heart during the Mass.
There will be no procession of the gifts.
There will be no regular collections at this time in the Masses. It will happen later. Ushers will be at the doors to receive your offering as you leave.
The Eucharistic Prayer will be prayed. This is the Most Important Part of the Mass.
The Our Father
Sign of Peace. This is a time when we won’t shake hands. Please do not wave to each other or give the two finger sign of peace. Neither of these reflect what is the intention here…You are recognizing the presence of God in the other person and praying they know God’s peace. The most appropriate gesture is a slight bow or nod of the head to the other person. You have seen me do this at the sign of peace to all of you at every Sunday Liturgy.
Please be seated.
Then the ushers will direct you to the place where you will receive Holy Communion. Please do not leave your pew until an usher has indicated you should do so.
Another usher will be close to the Communion Station to receive your Sunday Offering.
When it is your turn to receive Holy Communion. You will stand 6 feet away on the red line. The person distributing Holy Communion will say “The Body of Christ”. You will say “Amen”. Then move forward within arms length and receive the Host. Once you have received go straight out the nearest exit and make your Thanksgiving on your way home.
Aisles 1 & 5 will come forward to receive Holy Communion and leave by the side doors.
Aisles 2, 3 & 4 will go to the back to receive Holy Communion.
Aisle 2 will exit by the exit closest to the rectory.
Aisle 3 will exit out the centre door which you came in
Aisle 4 will exit out the door by the washrooms.
You are strongly encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Receiving on the tongue endangers the person giving Holy Communion and yourself, the person receiving Holy Communion. If you wish to insist on receiving on the tongue please wait until the very end as the person giving Holy Communion should sanitize their hands after each communicant. The usher will pass you by and will come back to you after everyone else has received. Please don’t leave your pew until that has taken place.