ARCHDIOCESE OF OTTAWA ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF MASSES AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
March 17, 2020
The Archdiocese of Ottawa announced this afternoon the suspension of Masses amid the current health
threat due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
“It is with regret that we must temporarily suspend all public celebration of the Mass and other
gatherings of Catholics in the Archdiocese,” said Archbishop Terrence Prendergast in a statement to the
clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese.
“This extraordinary step is being taken out of concern especially for the most vulnerable to the deadly
coronavirus in our families and our society and in cooperation with the requests made by those
responsible for public health in our region, province and country.”
The request to limit the size groups gathering for social and even religious purposes made taking this
The Archbishop noted that this was a difficult decision not taken lightly because of the central role that
the Mass plays in Catholic life.
He requested ongoing prayers for those who have been afflicted by the virus, their families and
caregivers as well as those who are fearful at this critical time. “We need also to keep in our thoughts
and prayers the medical professionals—the doctors, nurses, public health and civil authorities striving to
assist those who are ill and to contain the outbreak,” the Archbishop noted.
Catholics are encouraged at this time to participate in the holy sacrifice of the Mass via Mass shown on
television or the internet. They are invited to continue to pray at home with their families and join with
the virtual Mass by making an act of spiritual communion.
Initially, the suspension of the public celebration of Masses will be from March 18 to April 5 inclusive.
Decisions regarding the celebration of Holy Week and Easter will be taken later.
The Mass on TV and the Internet
https://dailytvmass.com/about/broadcast-schedule/ Vision TV: Sunday 8:00 am; Monday – Friday 8:00 am & 12:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am & 9:30 am. To locate, click on the Find Vision TV button at https://www.visiontv.ca/ Joy TV: Sunday 10:30 am; Monday – Friday 10:30 am & 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:30 am. To locate, go to http://www.joytv.ca/channel-finder/ Faith TV: Daily 2:30 pm. To locate, go to Find Your Channel at https://faithtelevision.ca/about/ Yes TV: Sunday 10:30 am; Monday – Saturday 1:00 pm. To locate, go to https://www.yestv.com/tune-in Salt+Light: Monday – Saturday 6:30am, 9:30am (with the Pope), 11:00 am, 3:00 pm & 10:30 pm; Sunday 11:00 am & 10:30 pm. To locate, go to https://saltandlighttv.org/live/waystowatch?muid=1 or watch online at https://saltandlighttv.org/live/?muid=1 https://radio-maria-toronto.click2stream.com/ live Mass from Toronto, Radio Maria Canada, MONDAY – TUESDAY – THURSDAY – FRIDAY From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, WEDNESDAY from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm https://www.youtube.com/dailytvmass https://business.facebook.com/dailytvmass/?business_id=696904343806708 Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodbarber.dailymass Apple app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daily-tv-mass/id1182433381?ls=1 https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/ From around the world http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass From the US https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/ From the British Isles http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass/masses-live-demand Live from the US
The Church encourages frequent, even daily Holy Communion, but if at any time we
cannot go to Mass in or out of this season of the coronavirus, or if one cannot receive
Holy Communion for some other reason, we can still unite ourselves to the Eucharist
through making a spiritual Communion.
By making an Act of Spiritual Communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real
Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us. Here is the Act of
Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:
I believe that you
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.